In Gaelic Casg Annamh means ‘rare cask’. It is a new sherry-led expression by Aberlour. For those not familiar with Aberlour, this Speyside distillery was established in 1826 by Peter Weir and James Gordon. This distillery was unfortunately plagued not by one but by two fires. After the first fire, James Fleming rebuilt the distillery in 1879 and it was then again rebuilt in 1898 after the second fire.
For this rare cask, Aberlour uses three different casks to mature their whisky: European oak ex-sherry and two types of American oak.
Nose: fruit, raisins, oranges, cherries and ginger
Palate: slightly sweet with notes spices, cinnamon, cloves, apples, peaches, sherry and licorice
Finish: fruit with a touch of spice
Cost: $60 +/- (Depending on where you buy)
This is a very solid dram. It’s fruity and full of spices. It’s balanced, smooth and I enjoy the notes the ex-sherry casks add to this dram. The sweetness is light and not to the point where it overwhelms your palate.
It is an easy to drink whisky that is mellow, creamy and light. It is very reminiscent of Aberlour A’bunadh but with less of a punch. If you enjoyed that whisky you will enjoy this one. There is a more softness to this dram but I definitely think that is very worth it. I highly recommend trying.
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