2004 Hunter Laing, The First Editions, Fettercairn, 13 Years, Highlands, 59.7% 70cl
The First Editions range of single barrel expressions is always released at natural cask strength, and of course without colouring or chill filtration.
As the name may suggest, each cask is carefully selected to evoke the qualities of a rare literary volume – those of character and collectability. Colour-coding on the labels denotes the particular regions the whiskies themselves are from and each bottle is individually numbered and presented in a gift tube. A “First Editions” bottling without doubt makes a valuable addition to anyone’s whisky library.
A bottle of Fettercairn single malt, distilled in 2004 and bottled at 59.7% in 2018 by Hunter Laing for the First Editions series. The Highlander spent 13 years maturing in a refill butt. As always with First Editions bottlings, the whisky was bottled at cask strength, and without colouring or chill filtration.
Nose: Fresh grassy notes alongside tart, crisp apple, honeyed malt and toasted wood with a little dried fruit.
Palate: Creamy vanilla and more malt, with a kick of pepper spice followed by fresh fruit and citrus.
Finish: Warming spice on a medium finish.