A little over 20 years ago, in 1997, Aberlour Distillery introduced a’bunadh (‘Origins’ in Gaelic), a wonderful sherry wood aged whisky bottled at natural strength.
A’bunadh has been extremely well received with 61 batches released to date. In December 2017 the company launched another small batch expression, called Casg Annamh, what translates from the Gaelic to ‘Rare Cask’. According to the distillery statement “This expression is significantly influenced by the finest quality, hand-selected ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The liquid is matured in three types of casks – European oak sherry casks and two different types of American oak casks”. Here we have an initial batch # 0001 from December 2017.
Nose: rich and fruity, slightly floral, apples, oranges, cherries, raisins, blooming orchard, caramel, honey, banana bread and a hint of ginger.
Palate: sweet and fruity, peaches, oranges, apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon, honeyed almonds, caramel, licorice, cloves and hints of oak.
Finish: long and rich, with notes of vanilla, caramel, apples, peaches, cinnamon, cloves and pepper.