Fettercairn Rare Vintage 1978 30 Year Old (70cl, 43.3%)

Fettercairn 30 Year Old Rare Vintage 1978

Fettercairn Rare Vintage 1978 30 Year Old (70cl, 43.3%)

A bottle of Fettercairn 30 Year Old, presented in a black lacquer box. This was distilled in 1978 and matured in Oloroso sherry butts. This is one of 3000 bottles.

Fettercairn is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. The name Fettercairn means 'Foot of the Mountain' and on visiting the town you can understand why they named the town. In 1861 Queen Victoria and Price Alfred stopped at Fettercairn en route to their Scottish palace at Balmoral. It was said they wandered the streets un-recognised enjoying the picturesque village known as the jewel of the Mearns. A commemorative arch was later constructed to mark the occasion and it is this arch you can see on the Fettercairn bottles.

Fettercairn distillery was built in 1825 and aside from a brief period in mothballs in the 1930s, has been in operation ever since. It was re-opened from that closure in 1939 by Associated Scottish Distilleries, the Scotch arm of the post-Prohibition drinks giant in the US, National Distillers. When ASD ceased trading in 1954 the distillery passed through various hands before being bought by Whyte & Mackay in 1973. Despite being an important contributor to their blends, they also pushed Fettercairn as a single malt brand, known as "Old Fettercairn" until 2002 when the prefix was dropped.

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