Aberlour Delves Deeper Into Scotch Aged in Ex-Sherry Casks - The Whiskey Wash

Aberlour Delves Deeper Into Scotch Aged in Ex-Sherry Casks

By Nino Marchetti / August 12, 2018

The Aberlour distillery in Scotland, for many moons now, has been releasing batch after batch of A’bunadh, matured exclusively in Spanish Oloroso sherry butts. Now, in a complement to this range, we are seeing the introduction of the more entry level Casg Annamh in a similar style format.

Aberlour Casg Annamh, according to those behind it, is a non-age statement Scotch whisky deemed by distillery officials as “the ideal introduction to Sherry cask matured whiskies.” It, like A’bunadh, will be a small batch production release that’s also non age statement in nature.

“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,” said Graeme Cruickshank, Aberlour’s Master Distiller, in a prepared statement. “We carefully hand-pick our Oloroso Sherry casks from traditional Sherry bodegas in Spain, making sure the wood has exactly the right combination of aromatic qualities for Aberlour. The end result is a distinctively rich and fruity finish which we’re confident will offer something new and exciting for those looking to explore the Single Malt category.”

Plans call for Casg Annamh, which means “rare cask” in Gaelic, to price around $70. You’ll find some official tasting notes below from the distillery.

  • Nose: Rich and sweet with fruity notes of tangy orange, glazed cherries, raisins and a hint of ginger.
  • Palate: Sweet and fruity flavours of apple and cinnamon crumble and ripe peaches balanced with spicy notes of liquorice and cloves.
  • Finish: Long and rich. Fruity with a touch of dry spice.