Fettercairn distillery

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Fettercairn
Entrance of the Fettercairn distillery
Entrance of the distillery
Region: Highland
Location Fettercairn Coordinates: 56°51′13″N 2°34′57″W / 56.8535°N 2.5825°W / 56.8535; -2.5825
Owner Whyte & Mackay
Founded 1824
Founder James Durie
Status Open
Water source Sources on the Grampian mountains
Number of stills Two wash (12,800 l), two spirit (12,800 l)[1]
Capacity 1,600,000 litres of pure alcohol per year
Mothballed 1926 to 1939
Fettercairn Fior, Fettercairn Fasque, 25, 30 and 40 years old

Fettercairn is a whisky distillery in Fettercairn. Situated under the Grampian foothills in the Howe of Mearns, Fettercairn town’s name is loosely based on the phrase ‘the foot of the mountain’.

Fettercairn is owned by Whyte & Mackay Distillers.

History[edit]

Fettercairn Distillery was founded in 1824 by Alexander Ramsay, owner of the Fasque estate, who converted a corn mill at Nethermill into a distillery. After losing his fortune, Alexander was forced to sell the estate to the Gladstone family in 1829. John Gladstone’s son William Gladstone, went on to become Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer and was instrumental in passing various reforms on the taxation of whisky.

In 1973 Whyte & Mackay acquired Fettercairn distillery and it has remained with the company since.

Emblems[edit]

The arch and the unicorn are two symbols that are heavily associated with Fettercairn. The unicorn is said to stand for purity and strength and has been a symbol of Scotland since the reign of King Robert III. It is also used within the Ramsay clan crest, of which the founder Alexander Ramsay brought with him to the distillery. The Fettercairn arch dominates the entrance to the town and was built to commemorate a visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1861. This symbol has also been used the design and logo of Fettercairn malts.

Products[edit]

Fettercairn is a pure spirit which is crafted by its unique stills and forged through temperate maturation. Within its process, the distillery uses a unique irrigator ring that surrounds the stills which drenches the still to deliver only the purest spirit.

Products available are:

  • Fettercairn Fasque
  • Fettercairn Fior
  • Fettercairn 24 years old
  • Fettercairn 30 years old
  • Fettercairn 40 years old


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