Fior means pure or true in Gaelic, and this no-age-statement bottling launched in summer 2010 is something of a rebirth for the much-maligned Fettercairn distillery. Described by the producers as tasting of dark chocolate, coffee beans and peat smoke, with nutmeg, mint, citrus fruits and truffle. The finish is said to be of sherry trifle, marzipan and pineapple.
Released with no age statement, Fettercairn Fior contains 15 percent heavily-peated whisky matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, along with a proportion of 14 and 15 year old spirit.
The result is a bold and complex whisky with real nose presence; smoke, sherry, toffee, vanilla, and oranges merge on the nose, while the palate showcases more smoke and toffee, plus spices, oak, and licorice in the lengthy finish. 90
Customer Reviews:(11 reviews)
Possibly the most complex & difficult to categorise a whisky as I've found to date. There is a definite peat. & smoke nose then initial hit to it, a heavy sweatish body, a smoothness that most come from its15yr old base, then some sharp tang in the aftertaste.
A genuine after dinner dram and one to confuse / excite friends unaquatinted with this strange but enjoyable whisky.
Well worth a try.
- John Cooper, 10th July
As a novice, I went to the distillery and tried the Fior, the Fasque - which was a bit rough around the edges (needed water to bring out the flavour), the 24yo and a single cask (at 57% which was a bit much for me)......the Fior was by far my favourite!
- anonymous, 11th Nov '13
A different dimension of a Highland Malt. A plentyfull bourbon and vanilla nose explodes into incredible dark chocolate bottom layered with oriental spicies (on the top with chilli pepper, some peppercorn, and a lot of others). Make sure you have enough time to enjoy a long-lasting finish.
- Roman Matejcik (Slovakia), 29th May '12
just liked it. plesure. tasty, full body, chocolaty mellow. a bit burned. very nice surprise in the pub tonight.
- kai, 5th May '12
sharp on the palate, nothing for beginners. I cant help tasting a wheatish flavor mixed with licorice, orange and hot spices ... I enjoy that. It's quite original
- anonymous, 14th Apr '12
A beautiful after dinner dram that will appeal to both the peat heads and the sherry lovers. Sweet and rich with just enough smoke to take the edge off the Islay cravings. When you find yourself umming and ahhing between an Ardbeg and a Dalmore, this is the answer.
- M.Thorn esq., 17th Mar '12
Absolutly fantastic. Bought it as a house warming present to myself. After reading the tasting notes there wasn't one flavour that i didn't like. When it arrived I couldn't wait to try it, and when I did I wasn't dissapointed. Really smooth chocolate start then hit with the taste the sherry and marzipan finish. I will be buying another bottle very soon.
- Neil Cooke, 9th Jan '12
A strange beastie indeed. I have often read tasting notes describing 'dark chocolate' and 'espresso coffee' but never got them until I tasted this.
Worth trying for sure, but don't expect a regular tasting Highland malt. This would beautifully take the place of an after dinner brandy and coffee.
- Finnegan, 21st Dec '11
My first tasting was disappointing. It did not smell or taste like Whisky (and I do drink and enjoy all sorts of Whiskies from all over the world). It smelled of the kind of super-sweet cough syrup for children. The palate was extremely oily/syrupy but weak (alcohol-free Whisky?). After having had the bottle open for a couple of weeks, the nose is much better. I will try to taste it again.
- Olivier Beltrami, 6th Dec '11
A very good marriage of peaty and non-peaty malt, delivering nice peat in very aromatic form, along with freshly sherried notes. Lovely fruity finish. A truly positive wakeup-call to Fettercairn's quality!
- M.Jansson, 13th Oct '11
Just unbelievable,better than expected,it was a perfect Christmas gift for myself.
- Sakis (Greece), 19th Jan '11
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