The initial release of Fettercairn’s 46 Years Old, which was distilled on 8th May 1973, has been created to honour a moment in time. The expression’s year of distillation was a point of historical change and innovation, from the end of the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal; to the first handheld mobile; to space travel. These moments, combined with the fact that it was the year that Fettercain joined the Whyte and Mackay family, made 1973 a milestone year.
The spirit began life under the supervision of distillery manager John Livie, through to Stewart Walker today and was matured in American white oak ex-Bourbon barrels, before spending four years in 40-year-old Tawny port pipes.
Kirsteen Beeston, head of international malts at Whyte and Mackay, said, “This is a truly scarce and special single malt; a celebration of the years of passion and commitment which are inherent to the way Fettercairn Distillery has always been.
“We recognise that having such incredible treasures in our warehouses means we need to ensure we always respect when and how we bring these amazing aged whiskies to single malt drinkers, and this is something we will always honour.
“With a firm commitment to exceptional ageing quality, Fettercairn Distillery has consistently demonstrated an unwavering ability to mature and nurture spirit to such high quality and impressive ages. We’re delighted this release has been recognised with the Double Gold award at ISC 2020 - it is testament to how truly exquisite this bottling is.”
With only 55 bottles initially released, Fettercairn 46 Years Old is offered at 42.5% ABV, with no added colour and is non-chill filtered. The new expression will be available from selected global specialist retailers in the UK, Europe and Asia at an RSP of £8,500.