Review: Fettercairn Fior Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

100% Malted Barley
Distiller Fettercairn (Fettercairn, Scotland)

Fior means pure/true. This whisky is composed of some age of 15% heavily peated whisky matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, alongside with a portion of 14 and 15 year old spirit (sherry? I would assume from the taste).

Review (2016)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Complex – a sharp mix of sherry and smoke and peat, with some raisin, pencil shavings, a light floral nature, tangerine, almond and walnuts. The palate is quite fruity, yet also showing a good bit of malt and still balanced out with peat. There's more - almond, red licorice, cacao, toffee. Very lightly creamy. The finish is lightly dry, with smoke coming through alongside fennel, some fresh vegetal notes (parsley), brown cardamom, dried apple, and dried cherry. Some nice stuff!

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $192.