Northeast Scotland’s Fettercairn Distillery recently unveiled the third release in its Warehouse 2 Collection, a small batch series made to celebrate what’s described as hidden gems of whiskey barrels within its 14 dunnage warehouses.
Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No. 003 was distilled in 2015 and matured in a selection of handpicked ex-bourbon barrels (57%), rum barrels (16%) and French red wine barriques (27%). This run was limited to 9,600 bottles.
Batch No. 003 features a combination of casks chosen from the aging stock in Warehouse 2, where high humidity combines with the relatively cool and temperate environment to make its mark on the maturing spirit.
This batch showcases what’s described as the distillery’s tropical house style, which originates from the copper cooling ring distillation process. The whisky is bottled at 50.6% ABV to highlight the heavier weighted influence of the French red wine barriques, while adding depth to the final spirit and the base notes of Fettercairn’s signature tropical characteristics.
The distiller’s notes show that his golden-amber single malt leads with warm sweetness on the nose and on the palate features a fruity mix of passion fruit, papaya and red berries, alongside sugared almonds and patisserie spice.
The Warehouse Collection is said to highlight the skills of the Fettercairn distillery team, along with Master Whisky Maker Greg Glass, and their ability to seek unusual and interesting casks to craft these small batch releases.
“With expectations high following the popularity of the first two releases in the Collection, we knew we needed to deliver something special with this third release, without compromising the approach we’ve been striving to adopt,” Glass said in a prepared statement from Fettercairn.
“As such, when personally hand selecting casks for this edition, I wanted to push the boundaries further to create a beautifully balanced single malt which delivered both freshness and complexity in character. I believe Batch No. 003 is another true one off for Fettercairn.”
He said Fettercairn’s Warehouse 2 has much to offer in terms of diversity and quality of casks. “The choice of French barriques combined with rum barrels for this release has brought a truly different dimension to this spirit and enabled us to keep showcasing our innovative and experimental approach.”
Fettercairn Warehouse 2 Batch No.003 is now available with a suggested retail price of £60 in key global markets including the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France, extending to key Asia markets starting in May.
For more information, check out www.fettercairnwhisky.com.
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