Fettercairn completes Warehouse Collection
Highland distillery Fettercairn has released a whisky finished in three different beer barrels as the final bottling in its Warehouse Collection.The fifth and final release in the range, called Warehouse 14, used three different beer barrels: stout, dark ale and pale ale. The limited edition single malt whisky was matured in first-fill and second-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at 51.2% ABV. Gregg Glass, master whisky maker, said: “The response to our first four warehouse releases has been incredibly encouraging. Our ethos with the Fettercairn Warehouse Collection was to offer a taste of the experiments laid down here, with each limited edition expression exploring different flavour characteristics that enhance our unique tropical house style. “With the release of Warehouse 14 we were looking to create another new expression of our house style, building on the influence of ex-Bourbon casks, which work very well with our distinctive tropical notes, whilst exploring the unique influence of casks sourced from local craft beer producers.” Fettercairn’s signature tropical fruit profile is created using a cooling ring, which ensures ‘only the purest vapours rise’. The new Warehouse 14 whisky offers notes of vanilla and honey on the nose, followed by flavours of ‘warm toasty maltiness, tropical fruits with layers of crème caramel, apricot tart, cacao, soft wood spices and a pleasing nuttiness’. The previous four releases in the Collection were from Warehouse 2, but for the final whisky, Fettercairn chose a warehouse from the opposite side of the distillery, which overlooks the Cairngorms. Fettercairn Warehouse 14 is available in select markets, including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. It is priced at RRP £70 (US$87). In September, Fettercairn Distillery released the fourth instalment in its Warehouse Collection.