Wednesday, September 09, 2020


Whyte & Mackay, has announced the launch of a new expression from its Fettercairn Distillery.

Fettercairn 46 Year Old (42.5% ABV) was distilled on the 8th of May 1973, then matured in American white oak ex-Bourbon barrels, before being transferred into 40 Year Old Tawny Port Pipes for its final four years of maturation.

Fettercairn 46 Year Old

This latest launch which follows on from recent 16 and 22 Year Old releases from the Highlands based distillery, is said to deliver notes of over-ripe bananas, toasted bread, citrus fruit, plum, raisin, bitter chocolate, fig and spice on the nose. Followed by notes of spiced pear, coffee, caramelised orange, liquorice, black cherries and treacle on the palate.

Commenting on the news, Kirsteen Beeston, Head of International Malts at Whyte and Mackay, said: “This is a truly scarce and special single malt; a celebration of the years of passion and commitment which are inherent to the way Fettercairn Distillery has always been. We recognise that having such incredible treasures in our warehouses means we need to ensure we always respect when and how we bring these amazing aged whiskies to single malt drinkers, and this is something we will always honour.”

She went onto say: “With a firm commitment to exceptional ageing quality, Fettercairn Distillery has consistently demonstrated an unwavering ability to mature and nurture spirit to such high quality and impressive ages. We’re delighted this release has been recognised with the Double Gold award at ISC 2020 - it is testament to how truly exquisite this bottling is.”

Fettercairn 46 Year Old, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £8,500.

Posted by Steve Rush