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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.Tasting Notes (1)
- Liquorice root
Gavin Smith, Malt Advocate
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.
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Seemingly rich and complex, strongly bitter-sweet with very low notes and very high. A bit like an alcoholic chocolate caramel orange with pepper. It doesn't have a strong enough finish to carry it through.
A case of the Emperor''s new clothes. Good reviews of this whisky abound, but I''m afraid I don''t buy into the hype. Something strange has taken place to create the low alcohol, wood-dominant effect of smooth, sweet whisky. As Bones would have put it: It''s Fettercairn, Jim, but not as we know it. The tannins give the game away as they coat the mouth - these flavours come from wood, not whisky. Is the smoothness from some very old, tired barrels? Or has something untoward flattered the typically harsh spirit? Whatever the answer, I don''t appreciate being duped, and I shall be spending my money elsewhere in future.
For the price, this is an excellent whisky. Genuinely interesting and many hints of smells and flavours - even a bit of mint/menthol on the nose? Would recommend anyone to give this a try, if only for the intrigue but it really is very enjoyable.
OMG this is so nice and as J Cooper says, difficult to describe but even so, among the sweetness i think i detected chocolate and cinder toffee, "Crunchie" and with a very smooth after taste and with a little tingle on the back of the tongue. not expensive neither. gonna get me one of these.
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.
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