Aberlour Casg Annamh (Batch 1)
Aberlour // Highland, Scotland
Meaning "Rare Cask" in Gaelic, Casg Annamh is a no-age statement small batch release. The single malt, designed as an "ideal introduction to sherry cask matured whiskies" matures in former oloroso sherry casks. For this Batch #1, that includes European oak and two types of American oak. Each bottle bears the signature of master distiller, Graeme Cruickshank. Available beginning August 2018.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeformer oloroso sherry casks (European oak and two types of American oak)
"The nose is young and fresh, displaying some trademark sherry maturation, with caramel, candy cane, and pear, as well as some pickled lemon peel and sour peach candy. On the palate, the youth of the spirit is noticeable, but there's a good amount of oak there as well. First some sweetness with marzipan and honey, but then quite spicy, with lots of pepper and cloves, as well as a hint of mint."