Fettercairn Distillery has added a 22 Year Old to its core range of Highland single malt whiskies.
The new expression follows the recent release of a travel retail exclusive 16 Year Old and boosts the distillery’s offer to six whiskies, which range in age from 12 to 50 years old.
The Fettercairn brand was relaunched in 2018 and, Whyte & Mackay* – a Platinum Partner at the inaugural Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo – highlighted the 16 Year Old, along with another exclusive expression, at last year’s TFWA World Exhibition.
Fettercairn’s latest release was matured for 22 years in first-fill American ex-bourbon casks. According to Whyte & Mackay, the single malt showcases Fettercairn’s signature tropical character which is due to its copper cooling ring distillation process. The company noted that the process drenches the stills in clear mountain water to ensure only the purest vapours rise to create a new spirit.
Laid down in 1996, Fettercairn 22 Year Old was recasked 13 years later in bourbon barrels to optimise its character development.
Whyte & Mackay Head of International Malts Kirsteen Beeston said: “In adding a further expression to the core range, we have significantly enhanced the flavour experience on offer at Fettercairn.
“We’ve also expanded consumer choice and demonstrated the exceptional quality of our aged stock at Fettercairn. Growing from four to six expressions reflects feedback we have received on the core range and the clear need to bridge the gap between the 12 and 28 Years Old.”
With a £200 RRP (47% ABV), the amber gold 22 Year Old has a nose defined by banana, citrus fruit and plum combined with raisin, fig and gingerbread. On the palate, it offers tastes of spiced pear, caramelised orange and coffee, tempered by liquorice which gives way to Morello cherry, plum and treacle.
The expression is available exclusively in the UK from The Whisky Shop until the end of July, when it will be listed by global whisky specialists.
*Note: Whyte & Mackay is one of many top-class players in a stellar-line up of independent and multi-nationals at the inaugural Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo, the defining travel retail event of the year.
Whyte & Mackay Travel Retail Director Richard Trimby said: “Whyte & Mackay is delighted to be part of the inaugural Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo 2020, which we believe will provide an exciting environment for us to engage with our customer partners and explore a world of new possibilities.”