Fettercairn Fior

70cl / 42%
  • Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Fettercairn Fior
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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.
Distillery Bottling


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Liquorice root Liquorice root
  • Orange Orange
  • Sherry Sherry
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Toffee Toffee

Fettercairn Fior Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • 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

15 Customer Reviews

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  • 2
    7 March 2018

    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.

  • 1
    16 July 2015

    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.

  • 5
    30 January 2015

    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.

  • 5
    23 January 2015

    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.

  • 4
    10 July 2014

    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.

  • Anonymous 11 November 2013

    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!

  • Roman Matejcik (Slovakia) 29 May 2012

    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.

  • kai 5 May 2012

    just liked it. plesure. tasty, full body, chocolaty mellow. a bit burned. very nice surprise in the pub tonight.

  • Anonymous 14 April 2012

    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

  • M.Thorn esq. 17 March 2012

    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.

  • Neil Cooke 9 January 2012

    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.

  • Finnegan 21 December 2011

    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.

  • Olivier Beltrami 6 December 2011

    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.

  • M.Jansson 13 October 2011

    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!

  • Sakis (Greece) 19 January 2011

    Just unbelievable,better than expected,it was a perfect Christmas gift for myself.