The second release of the anticipated annual expression from the Highland distillery is aged for 16 years in a trilogy of first-fill Oloroso casks, refill Oloroso casks, and rare first-fill Palo Cortado sherry butts. This is a limited release for 2021 and bottled at a strength of 46.4% abv.
A completely unique aspect in Fettercairn's distilling methods is that they continually douse their stills in cold water which cools the copper and increases condensation inside so only the lightest vapours are allowed to rise, leading to what they believe is a lighter and purer spirit.
The nose opens with almonds, dried fruit and oak notes. Tropical fruits lead the palate with ripe mango, citrus zest, apricots and raisins balanced with walnut, mocha and liquorice. The finish lingers with salted caramel and warming gingerbread.