Fettercairn 30 Years Old is a limited-edition single malt, released in 2009 for the distillery’s Rare Vintage range. The whisky was distilled in October 1978 and allowed to mature in Oloroso sherry butts for over 30 years, before being bottled in 2009 at 43.3% ABV. Fettercairn was the second distillery to be (legally) established after the Excise Act of 1823. It was founded in 1824 by Sir Alexander Ramsay. When he ran into financial problems a few years later, he was forced to sell the distillery to Sir John Gladstone in 1830. The Gladstone family ran Fettercairn until 1926, when the distillery was mothballed as a result of the First World War and Prohibition. Associated Scottish Distillers Ltd. bought the distillery and restarted production in 1939. Fettercairn is currently in the hands of Whyte & Mackay, who acquired the distillery in 1973. Only 3000 bottles of Fettercairn 30 Years Old were released.