Fettercairn 12yo PX Sherry Cask Edition

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With Fettercairn re-launching its entire range last year, right from a 12 year old through to a 50 year old, it was only a matter of time before we saw them make a foray into the duty free market. Last month, the brand launched their 12yo PX Sherry Cask Edition, which comprises whisky matured initially in ex-bourbon casks before a fairly lengthy finishing period of 18-24 months in PX casks.

I was really quite impressed by the 12yo when it was launched, and so with the added twist of a PX finish, this should be pretty tasty juice. Let’s see.

Fettercairn 12yo PX Sherry Cask Edition
GTR Exclusive
40% ABV
£60 RRP for 1 Litre

Nose: Bready, malty and a touch yeasty, then a creamy vanilla note and some fresh fruit – raspberry? Yip, a real strong cranachan note. Then baked apple, rum and raisin ice cream and plum jam. A touch of dusty cinnamon too.

Palate: Very light – some tropical notes of mango, papaya, and Campino sweets. Then muesli, barley water, sugared cornflakes and gentle woodspice.

Finish: Quite creamy, with a cereal sweetness, root ginger and freshly chopped logs.

Overall: A very easy going dram, and a nice twist on the newly launched 12 year old, even if it is a little on the thin side. I can’t help but wonder if this whisky could be vastly improved by simply bottling it at a higher strength. The weight of the spirit doesn’t really come through at 40% and there’s enough flavour in here to suggest a higher ABV would provide a much more rounded experience. Having said that, it’s still a pretty tasty dram, and a good addition to the newly revamped Fettercairn range.

 

 

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