Aberlour and sherried whisky go hand in hand. With A’bunadh setting the standard for OB NAS sherrybombs for two decades, it’s interesting to see a new Aberlour sherried expression hit the market. Granted, this whisky isn’t designed to be a replacement for A’bunadh. Casg Annamh was matured in 3 different cask types: European oak sherry casks and two different types of American oak cask (ex-bourbon and ex-sherry).
Casg Annamh is Scottish Gaelic for Rare Cask. I’m not a big fan of releases that market the casks themselves as the main differentiator. This often gives distilleries a focus on “great casks” that are somehow supposed to make up for younger/inferior whisky. However, I’m excited to give this new release a try with a completely open mind. This release is non-age stated and is bottled at 48% ABV.
|Nose||Candied ginger, plums, some oak, ripe melon, orange, cereal grain. It took a while for many of these notes to finally emerge.|
|Taste||Stewed fruit, clove and pepper attack the tongue, cherries, vanilla, honey, malty undertones.|
|Finish||Spicy, vanilla, maple syrup, sherry, drying oak. Medium in length.|
|Overall Thoughts||Some graininess and lack of big oak influence leads me to think that there’s some younger whiskey in here. While this fits a different flavor profile, I still think the extra cost for A’Bunadh is worth it compared to Casg Annamh.|