Day Fifteen in the Whisky Advent Calendar

*In this series, I’m working my way through the 2015 Master of Malt Whisky Advent. I had surgery in the middle, so we’re behind on the official dates.

Fettercairn Fior. Just like Jura, it’s an expression, not an age defined whisky.

What’s the difference?

I discovered Fettercairn from a special edition bottled by Signatory, the Fettercairn 18yr old 1996 edition. It was a really great Highland whisky, and I’m really looking forward to seeing one of their better-known expressions.

fettercairn fiorHistory

Fettercairn is award winning and highly sought after. Founded in 1824 by Alexander Ramsay. It was sold to the Gladstone family who became extremely influential in the history of whisky in Scotland. Whyte & Mackay bought them in 1973 and it’s been a primary whisky in their blend ever since.

Fettercairn’s various single malt creations consistently when best prizes at anything in which they’re entered.


Oh man, this is the good stuff. Right out of the bottle, I pick up dark chocolate and spices. It’s a good dramatic Highland whisky right out of the gates.

I’ve never tried the Whyte & Mackay blend, but I may have to after my experience with the Fettercairn line just to see what it adds to the blend.

The taste is every bit as good as the smell. This may end up as a staple in my whisky selection at home.

I find cinnamon in the back end of the dark chocolate with slight bitter notes of something like coffee. But it’s spicier than it is harsh. Love it.

It’s got enough drama to be mistaken for an Arran or an Islay whisky, but the light sweetness of the spice gives it away.

Definitely track this down.

Note to self: learn how to correctly pronounce Fettercairn so as not to come off as a fool in front of others.