At the Midlands Whisky Festival I had they pleasure of spending some time with Scott Curruthers, Whyte and Mackay ambassador for the northeast of England.
I was keen to try the Fettercairn Fior. Released in 2010, the Fior is part of an exciting revolution of the Fettercairn range. It is the distillery’s first non-age statemented offering.
The colour of sweeping auburn hair; the Fior plays alluringly with the light in this handsome bottling. Labeling is kept to a minimum. Very classy.
The nose is classy too, rich and luxurious with initial hits of sticky chocolate fudge and a delicious marzipan sweetness. Then there’s a fresh and clean element too; apples, crunchy pear and orange peel. This whisky asks not to be rushed, time spent to nose is amply rewarded. I caught wisps of smoke before waves of richness were back again, Christmas cake, cherries and raisin complemented by an earthy oak thread. Absolutely Delicious. Beautifully Balanced.
The palate is creamy and smooth, melting rich chocolate, hazelnut praline. A decadent start. Then puffs of smoke gently creep in before a citric freshness makes itself known. The finish is surprisingly light with a lovely bitter sweet of black coffee and dark chocolate.
This is a classy dram, and one that inspires me to seek out some more from the Fettercairn range! Many thanks to Scott for introducing me to a lovely whisky!