The latest release in the range, Aberlour Casg Annamh Batch 1 single malt Scotch whisky is a fantastic addition to an already smashing set of products. Don’t worry, you haven’t lost the ability to read, that’s just how it’s spelt in Gaelic, and it means Rare Cask.
Aberlour Casg Annamh is all about exploring the incredible flavours of Sherry cask matured malt.
The Aberlour Brand
Aberlour Distillery is based in Speyside, in a village of the same name, where it has been since 1879.
It was first founded by James Fleming and did not last very long until it was burnt down in 1898. It was later rebuilt and worked for most of the 20th century.
Today it is owned by Pernod Ricard’s subsidiary Chivas Brothers.
The release of the Aberlour Casg Annamh range is meant to celebrate Sherry cask matured malt. It is also meant to entice new consumers to enjoy Sherry cask matured malt.
It has been described by Graeme Cruickshank, Master Distiller at Aberlour, as, “Aberlour Casg Annamh is a tribute to our craftsmen’s passion for Sherry and their expertise when it comes to creating a rare and fine Single Malt.For the last 30 years, we have carefully selected our Oloroso Sherry casks from traditional Sherry bodegas in Spain, making sure the oak and seasoning is exactly the right combination of aromatic qualities for Aberlour.”
They are not the first brand to try and bring in new consumers, and this range poses an exciting development for both old and new Whisky drinkers.
Cruickshank says, “The end result is a distinctively rich and fruity flavour which we’re confident will offer something new and exciting for those looking to explore the Single Malt category.”
This malt is the first batch of Aberlour Casg Annamh and has been matured in Spanish oak Oloroso Sherry butts, and the nose opens with a spicy and fruity profile. Lots of oranges, lemons and clementines appear. These are tangy and full of life. There is a delicate warmth from a gingery note, with a little hint of clove in the background. Some dried fruits and sweet nuts such as almonds and pecans also come through.
On the palate, Aberlour Casg Annamh is dense and spicy, with vanilla and cinnamon developing. These are really rich and smooth. Lots more fruits join as well, apples, pear, apricots, bananas and peaches are all there, with a soft sweetness that complements the spice and vanilla perfectly. The oak wood is gentle in the background, barely detectable but lovely when you do. It mixes with the fruit to create an orchard flavour.
The finish is full of yet more fruit flavours and a warming sensation of cinnamon.
Aberlour Casg Annamh Batch 1 has proven to be a wonderful addition to the Aberlour line up, and is monumentally drinkable; as you will be able to tell from my Instagram below…
Transparency; the bottle was paid for by Aberlour, but my views, thoughts and comments remain my own, honest opinion – as always.