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Fettercairn launches limited-edition 16 Years Old whisky

Scotch whisky distiller Fettercairn has announced the launch of a second limited-edition 16-year-old whisky.

The new expression follows the success of the inaugural Fettercairn 16 Years Old, which was released in 2020.

Now an annual series, these releases are designed to showcase different maturations and their effect on Fettercairn's distinctive tropical style, which derives from its distillation process using copper cooling rings.

The 16 Years Old 2021 edition has been created with both sherry-matured and sherry-finished casks. Selected from a family-run bodega in Jerez, these casks include first-fil oloroso, refill oloroso and first-fill aged Palo Cortado sherry butts.

Fettercairn says the sherry casks add nutty, vanilla and citrus notes to the bold exotic fruit character of its spirit. The whisky is bottled at 46.4% ABV without added colour or chill filtration.

Gregg Glass, master whisky maker, said: "This one-off Fettercairn 16 Years Old limited edition was borne from fully mattured sherry casks combined with hand-selected, rare and old oloroso and Palo Cortado sherry butts. For me, this was about retaining the natural beauty and balance of our Fettercairn tropical house style while elevating the pure beauty and refinement of [the] Palo Cortado and oloroso casks."

Kirsteen Beeston, head of international malts at Whyte & Mackay, said: "The enthusiasm and love we saw for our first 16 Years Old reinforced our desire to create whiskies inspired by our enlightened whisky-making philosophy.

"This 16 Years Old reveals finely balanced tropical and soft spice flavours and showcases the approach we take to making single malt... We are confident that this year's 16 Years Old will be another Fettercairn release that excites and enthrals whisky drinkers."

Fettercairn 16 Years Old is available across Europe including in the Netherlands, UK, France and Germany from December before extending into global travel retail and key Asia markets in 2022, at a recommended sale price of £69. The GTR edition will be in a one-litre format (RSP £79).

16 December 2021 - Bethany Whymark