The limited edition uses spirit sourced from the Highland distillery's Warehouse 14 – the first time the doors of the dunnage facility have been opened for the collection.
The Warehouse Collection, spearheaded by Fettercairn's master whisky maker Gregg Glass, aims to showcase the distillery's famed tropical style of make in new and unusual ways. The previous four releases in the collection have been from Warehouse 2, but for the final release, it journeyed to a warehouse on the other side of the distillery site that is more exposed to the elements.
Initially created as an experiment by the distillery team, Fettercairn Warehouse 14 single malt comprises whiskies aged in a selection of first- and second-fill bourbon barrels, which were combined and then finished in three types of beer barrels: stout, dark ale, and pale ale. The expression is bottled at 51.2% without chill filtration and with natural colour.
"The response to our first four warehouse releases has been incredibly encouraging," Glass said. "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.
“Each of our warehouses at Fettercairn has a sense of magic. It is a fantastic place to make whisky and with Warehouse 14, I think we have once again pushed the boundaries and offered a new perspective of what Fettercairn can be."
The limited-edition Fettercairn Warehouse 14 will be available at a recommended price of £70 from April in selected markets including the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France.