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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


Distillery Capacity

2 300 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Fettercairn, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire

Distillery Owner

Whyte & Mackay Ltd (United Spirits)

Distillery Website


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


The first licensee is James Stewart & Co.


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


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


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


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


he distillery is mothballed.


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


The maltings discontinues.


The stills are increased from two to four.


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


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


The mega group of companies Lonrho buys Whyte & Mackay.


Lonrho sells to Brent Walker Group plc.


A visitor centre opens.


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


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


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


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


Kyndal Spirits changes name to Whyte & Mackay.


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

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This 26 year old Fettercairn single malt has been independently bottled by A. D. Rattray for their Cask Collection range. It was distilled in May 1989 and left to age in a bourbon cask until September...  More info
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
Fettercairn single malt, bottled by Langside for the Hepburn's Choice selection. The Fettercairn distillery up in the Highlands distilled this whisky in 2002 and let it mature in a refill hogshead for...  More info
Fettercairn is a Highland whisky which first opened in 1824. This bottle was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2010 by Gordon & MacPhail.  More info
A 12 year old Fettercairn single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for Landside's Distiller's Art range. This Highland single cask was distilled in September 2001 and matured in a single refill hoggie until...  More info
Single cask Fettercairn single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Hepburn's Choice range by Langside. It was distilled in 2008, matured in a refill hogshead for 7 years and bottled in 2015 with no...  More info
Here we have Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's independently bottled Fettercairn single malt Scotch whisky, and once again we see three tourists judging which cairn is the better cairn...  More info
From Fettercairn's superb, newly redesigned range. Very smart looking, this 24 year old also boasts an impressive flavour; Serge Valentin of commented that this is "an old Highlander in...  More info
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Part of Hunter Laing's famous Old Malt Cask range, this 18 year old single cask Fettercairn single malt is certainly a handsome addition to the range. It was distilled by Fettercairn in the Highlands...  More info
That Boutique-y Whisky Company have gone turned their cairn-do attitude to bottling their first batch of Fettercairn single malt. The three tourists on the label seem a little confused though, having...  More info
An independent bottling of 11 year old Fettercairn! Cairn you believe it? (I'm sure I've used that joke before...) This single malt was distilled in spring 2003, matured in a single barrel and bottled...  More info
Fettercairn 30 Year Old
(70cl, 43.30%)
The amazing 30 year old Fettercairn from their redesigned range. It was distilled in 1978 and has a lot of thick Oloroso sherry notes coming through. Just delicious stuff, and it looks great too!  More info
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Distilled 25th October 1995, this Fettercairn single malt whisky was matured in a single cask for over 19 years, having been bottled 25th March 2015 with an outturn of 133 bottles. A great example of...  More info
Fettercairn Fior
(70cl, 42%)
A handsome, smartly packaged Fettercairn. Fior is Gaelic for "true", and the whisky has an astonishingly rich flavour of cocoa, espresso, spices, fruit and almond. We love it. It was released in...  More info
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An 11 year old Fettercairn, distilled in Autumn 2002, this was aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling by Douglas Laing in Winter 2011 for the Provenance range.  More info
Old Fettercairn 10yo has a subtle peatyness that balances nicely with the sweetish body. It was bottled in the early 2000's, before the distillery dropped the "Old" from the brand in 2002.  More info
A new edition of the standard Fettercairn bottling, 1824 is a sweet, waxy honeyed whisky, very expressive for a 12 year old.  More info
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Single cask Fettercairn distilled in March 1991 and matured in refill hogshead number 1327 for 13 years before bottling in January 2005 by Douglas Laing. A release of 289 bottles.  More info
A single cask Fettercairn. This was distilled in May of 1975 and aged for an impressive 33 years in a refill hogshead before bottling by Douglas Laing in February 2009. Just 201 bottles.  More info
A thick, spicy single malt from the Fettercairn distillery, plenty of spicy fruitcake notes, distilled in 1992.  More info
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Distilled at Fettercairn on the 22nd March 1995, this was aged in a single bourbon barrel before Signatory bottled it on the 14th March 2011. A release of 198 numbered bottles.  More info
This was distilled on the 30th September 1996 at the Fettercairn distillery. It was aged for 14 years in two hogsheads, and bottled on the 8th April 2011. A release of 790 bottles.  More info
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This is a delicious single cask Fettercairn from Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled on the 30th September 1996 before a 16 year maturation in a single hogshead. It was bottled...  More info
The stunning-looking (and stunning-tasting!) Fettercairn 40 Year Old. This was distilled in 1969 and it was aged in Apostoles Palo Cortado sherry wood. It was bottled recently with the newly...  More info
This is a delicious 10 year old Fettercairn from the Provenance range. It was distilled in Autumn 2002 and was matured in a single refill hogshead before bottling in Autumn 20012.  More info
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