Hunter Laing Fettercairn Tasting Notes

Posted: August 23, 2014 in Fettercairn, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Fettercairn 1995 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2362/ Dist: Nov 1995 Btl: Feb 2014/ Tasted: Mar 2014

Where’s the industrial murkiness? Not here for sure! Maybe this is an exceptional cask or maybe it takes this losing for Fettercairn to loose all the character. The aromas are quite subtle with lightly oiled, grilled nuts and hints of dusty oak, powdered barley and light petrol. There is also an edgy, almost dark, chocolate rye –like spice note as well. I’m stunned!

The palate is a little hard, but thankfully not industrial with barley, mature spices, dark chocolate powder and dusty oak. The industrial notes do appear but they are wrapped in a dark maltiness. A little beefy on the middle and the spices are becoming slightly herbal. Good length with the chocolate powder notes lingering. Well, this has to be a first a bottling of Old fetid-cairn that I’d quite happily drink – Now where’s that blue moon!


Hunter Laing Distillers Art Fettercairn 2002 (14 year old) 48%

Bourbon/ Code: ART0077/ Dist: Jun 2002 Btl: Aug 2016?/ Tasted: Sept 2016

The nose is quite flinty with a faint Industrial/ earthy character. Hints of barley, white fruit, white liquorice and subtle vanilla notes follow.

The palate is slightly industrial with some sweet-ish barley, white fruit and honey. A little hot on the finish with the industrial notes lingering.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Fettercairn 2009? (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0114/ Dist: 2009? Btl: Sept 2015/ Tasted: Oct 2015

Pungent and slight industrial aromas with hints of lightly herbal honey, hard barley and toffee.

The palate is a little watery with caramel and hard barley. Quite an industrial middle and a herbal, spirit finish. Too young!

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Fettercairn 2008 (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Quarter Cask Finished

Dist: Oct 2008 Btl: Sept 2015/ Code: HEP0112/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Hard as nails barley and verging on the industrial side. However some sweet fruit notes attempt to balance. With time some earthy spice, but not much oak.

The palate is more barley’d and a little sour with some dried fruit and oak sweetness. Still hard with hints of baked fruit on the middle. Medium length, still a little austere with a citric and creamy vanilla finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Fettercairn 2008(?) (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist: 2008(?) Btl: Sept 2015/ Code: HEP0113/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Quite sweet and barley’d on the nose with herbal honey and white fruit. A little hard at the edges with some sour fruit and very buttery oak emerging. Quite pleasantly balanced actually.

The palate is like the nose – quite barley’d, but lacking the honey notes, so it emphasises the usual industrial character. Medium length with a herbal, lightly citric and alcoholic finish. The creamy oak adds a semblance of balance and out lingers the industrial notes!

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Fettercairn 2008 (7 year old) 46%

Wine Cask Finished/ Code: HEP0174/ Dist: Oct 2008 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

Pungent hard, rough edged barley aromas with tar, burnt rubber and sherry(?)

The palate shows what appears to be raw sherry and raw spirit. Slightly coffee’d with a mixture of hard barley and slightly sweet barley, although not enough of the latter! Hints of white fruit appear on the middle. Short and spicy finish with treacle, liquorice and a hot wheat-a-bix after-tatse.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Fettercairn 2008 (7 year old) 46%

Sherry? Quarter cask finish/ Code: HEP0207/ Dist:Oct 2008 Btl: July 2016?/ Tasted: Aug 2016

Subtly spicy and herbal on the nose with the refill sherry notes sort of blanketing the light industrial character. With time a touch of barley and marzipan appears.

The palate shows more of the refill sherry character with stewed fruit, liquorice and dried fruit notes. The distillery character is again subtle and comes through on the middle. Tart and citric finish with malt, barley and a hot spice finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Fettercairn 2008 (7 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0208/ Dist: Oct 2008 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

Aromas of cider vinegar and sweet barley. Fresh and invigorating with hints of white fruit.

The palate is soft and vanilla’d. Quite clean, if a little bitter with barley and cider apple. Medium length and a little industrial on the finish (well it is Fettercairn after all!) with a touch of liquorice root.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Fettercairn 2005 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0015/ Dist: May 2005 Btl: Mar 2014/ Tasted: Apr 2014

A youthful but quite sweet nose of perfumed fruit with hints of boiled sweets, hard barley and an almost peaty note. Surprisingly clean and lacking it’s usual rough character!

The palate is soft and very un-industrial! Like the nose it has a touch of boiled sweets with light barley and white liquorice notes mingle with hints of herbs and vanilla. Good length if a little sharp on the finish, but actually quite pleasant.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Fettercairn 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Sherry Finish

Code: HEP0235/ Dist: Mar 2008 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

A hard, industrial barley nose with hints of dried fruit and ascetic notes. Classic!

The palate shows a touch more toffee’d sherry and dried fruit but the distillery character comes through. Slightly earthy, dusty and cardboardy with cocoa powder, astringent herbs on the finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Fettercairn 2008 (9 year old) 46%

Wine Finished/ Code: HEP0290/ Dist: Mar 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

Oh, that’s a lovely nose! Sulphury and rough with late hints of shaving foam. Yes, I was being sarcastic! There is a touch of sweet oak and barley, but not enough.

The palate is incredibly industrial, murky and sulphured with hints of beeswax. Rough and hot finish with a touch of sweet-ish barley and a shaving foam after-taste. It’s really that pleasant!

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Fettercairn 2002 (11 year old) 46%

Code: HEP0033/ Dist: Oct 2002 Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

Aromas of nail polish remover and manure. Very industrial with murky coffee and wet cardboard.

The palate is earthy, rubbery and industrial with wet cardboard and burnt caramel. Lovely!


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