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Fettercairn

The Fettercairn whisky distillery lies not far from the River Esk in the Eastern Highlands. Here, at the foothills of the untamed Cairngorm Mountains, Fettercain sits in its namesake town, far from any other Scotch distillery, its cooling waters trickling down from the untamed peaks. Originally sited a good two miles further up the slopes of the Cairngorms, the Fettercairn distillery was founded in 1824 by Sir Alexander Ramsay, who licensed it a year later.

In 1830, Sir Alexander sold the distillery as well as Fasque Estate to Sir John Gladstone, father of William Ewart Gladstone who would be Prime Minister on four occasions over the course of the 19th century and, during which time, he would not only legalize the selling of bottled whisky to the public, but also scrap the Malt Tax.

In 1887, a fire rendered the distillery almost totally destroyed and it did not reopen until 1890. Fettercairn closed in 1912 and production did not recommence until 1939 when Associated Scottish Distillers acquired the distillery. Today, Fettercairn distillery produces light, balanced whiskies, the only official bottling being a twelve year-old which replaced the previous ten year-old. There are just a handful of independent bottlings. Fettercairn is at present under Whyte and Mackay ownership following purchase in the 1970s.

Fettercairn Whisky Distillery

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About Fettercairn Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01561 340205

Distillery Founded

1824

Distillery Capacity

2 300 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Fettercairn, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire

Distillery Owner

Whyte & Mackay Ltd (United Spirits)

Distillery Website

www.whyteandmackay.co.uk

1824

Sir Alexander Ramsay, owner of Fasque Estate, founds the distillery.

1825

The first licensee is James Stewart & Co.

1830

Sir Alexander Ramsay sells Fasque Estate and the distillery to Sir John Gladstone.

1887

A fire erupts and the distillery is forced to close for repairs.

1890

Thomas Gladstone dies and his son John Robert takes over. The distillery reopens after the fire.

1912

The company is close to liquidation and John Gladstone buys out the other investors.

1926

he distillery is mothballed.

1939

The distillery is bought by Associated Scottish Distillers Ltd. Production restarts.

1960

The maltings discontinues.

1966

The stills are increased from two to four.

1971

The distillery is bought by Tomintoul-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd owned by W. & S. Strong & Co. and Hay & McLeod & Co.

1973

Tomintoul-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd is bought by Whyte & Mackay Distillers Ltd.

1974

The mega group of companies Lonrho buys Whyte & Mackay.

1988

Lonrho sells to Brent Walker Group plc.

1989

A visitor centre opens.

1990

American Brands Inc. buys Whyte & Mackay for £160 million.

1996

Whyte & Mackay and Jim Beam Brands merge to become JBB Worldwide.

2001

Kyndal Spirits, a company formed by managers at Whyte & Mackay, buys Whyte & Mackay from JBB Worldwide.

2002

The whisky undergoes a major makeover including new bottle, new packaging and the name which is changed from Old Fettercairn to Fettercairn 1824.

2003

Kyndal Spirits changes name to Whyte & Mackay.

2007

United Spirits buys Whyte & Mackay. A 23 year old single cask is released.

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An indie bottling of Fettercairn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2005 and bottled 8 years later in 2014 by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice range, and Hepburn certainly did make a good choice...  More info
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Not a single drop of Fettercairn single malt Scotch whisky was chillfiltered for this Signatory release. A 17 year old expression matured in a single hogshead from September 1996 to February 2014. 374...  More info
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Distilled at Fettercairn on the 22nd April 1995, this spicy little whisky was aged for 16 years in bourbon barrels 405 and 406 before bottling by Signatory on the 7th July 2011. A release of 368...  More info
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This was distilled at the Fettercairn distillery on the 31st May 1989. It was aged in hogshead number 1374 before bottling for the Carn Mor range in August 2012. A release of 187 numbered bottles.  More info
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Distilled in 1995 and aged for 17 years in cask number 2943. Evidently, this was a really cracker of a cask, as the 284 bottles produced are gorgeous. A stunning Fettercairn...  More info
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