Aberlour Casg Annamh

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Batch 0001
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
19 Feb 2018 12:54 pm by Whisky_Punk_85

Average value

€ 57.09

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour Casg Annamh

57 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.68 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] I had this dram at the Aberlour distillery simply to check if it is as good as the a'bunadh releases…

    ...and it is different. This is not a heavy sherry loaded whisky but rather delicately composed out of both sherry and bourbon matured casks. By the way, I usually find the bourbon "distillery only" casks significantly better than the sherried "distillery only" ones. This release certainly is rather sub-standard to all the sherry fans of Aberlour but actually I find it a fine composition of the best what a young Aberlour has to offer: A balanced and flawless NAS edition that is worth its reasonable price - easy to sip and enjoyable to nose (because of the variety of aromas and flavours from the different cask types). This is probably one the best NAS editions I tried for a while...
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is tawny and the nose offers a rich and intense profile of both bourbon and sherry cask-induced aromas in a balanced combo. There are some strong buttery notes (remember Walker's shortbread, produced in a little Scottish town named Aberlour?) beside clean modern-style sherry and spicy wooden aromas without any off-note that I can find. There is no obvious "Wow!" in that nose but the longer I sniff it more I like it - it is a love affair that takes some time to develop...
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is not really layered but it is easy to sip and without any obvious flaws. The buttery, sherry and spicy flavours are in a good balance and I would call this a dram one should quaff without too much thinking about it. Perfect to enjoy during a good conversation or card game but not really suited for "whisky analysis paralysis". Some water turns the nose surprisingly less interesting but smoothes the taste and finish. I like to nose it neat and prefer to drink it a little reduced at about 43% abv.
    • Finish
      86 86
      This dram arrives warming and nicely coating in the mouth with just a minor peppery moment (that is not distracting at all). The finish is long and adds some chocolatey flavours but some drying-astringent feelings (tannins) too, unfortunately. Nonetheless, very enjoyable...

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Really different from the A'Bunadh, not as sherried as I expected. 

    It contains considerably younger whisky than the 15YO, but makes up for that by a higher level of first fill and a higher ABV.
    • Nose
      Pear juice, peach, caramel and even a little banana.
    • Taste
      Caramel, peach, almond, coffee candy (hopjes), pepper and a little smoke. It actually benefits from a drop of water, which makes it fruitier.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, apple, caramel and peach.

  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice and surprising whisky, at Aberlour you expect at least a lot of sherryvat influence, and that has this Casg Annamh well hardly ...
    Much sweeter and fruity, candy influences, totally different from the Aberlours that I've drunk so far.
    • Nose
      Fresh! Apples, along with raisins, but also very floral, citrus too, at times just a hint of Dreft lemon. Peach too, and swims of Haribo sweets (cherries).
    • Taste
      Little pepper, sweet, caramel. A lot of peach, and again Haribo, especially the foam banana. Also coffee.
    • Finish
      Peach very strong again, slightly tingling, quite long, also some wood tones. Apples, and caramel.

  4. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Rich and intense, young but neat
    w/ notes of baking spices, cloves, milk chocolate and dried fruits.

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.

  5. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Open, fruity, with the aroma of orange and dried raisins, oak, a handful of dried fruits and pastries, the taste is slightly sweet with notes of pepper, caramel, dried apricots and nuts, the finish is short, dry, with notes of donut, chocolate and sweet spices.
    A nice small batch, the influence of the barrel is pretty decent sticking out, but not annoying. Rich and delicious. Good job. Drunk easier than Abuna and personally I like it even more.

    RATING: 86pts - [n22, t22, f21, b21] → | 86-89: Remarkable |

  6. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Orange, raisins, spicy-woody, more woody on the nose, almost dusty, in the mouth then more dark chocolate / baking cocoa and clove sharpness to the fruity notes. Pretty good in principle ... but kind of like a bit between the 12's non-chillfiltered and the a'bunadh, and I'm not a fan of odd things, and if in doubt, I'd rather rely on one of those two, Annamh pulls me off not consciously. And he awakens the unpleasant feeling of wanting to "relieve" the a'bunadh with the simultaneous opportunity to "adjust" the price for him. Similar name, less percents, bourbon barrels at -> cheaper.
    So now that I've got him in the jar, he likes me quite well, but "buy me!" he does not just scream.

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Young, oak forward and not very inspiring. Before the recent price hike, you used to be able get an Aberlour a'bunadh for this kind of money. The Casg Annamh is a poor replacement if you ask me.
    • Nose
      Young and fresh smelling, with some pieces of red apple, as well as caramel, candy cane, and pear, as well as some pickled lemon peel and sour peach candy.
    • Taste
      Again, the young spirit is noticeable, with a good amount of oak here 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.
    • Finish
      Lingering cherry aroma and spices.

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, orange fruits, a little chocolate and spices!
    In the mouth, a pastry side comes out immediately, with cream and chocolate, and vanilla in return, the fruits are on the peach.
    In the final, the sweet sherry comes out at this time, end, then vanilla and spices, very little wood!
    A simple dram, between standards and Abunnad'h, but lacking a safe.

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    a kind of lighter version of the well known and loved Aberlour A'bunadh
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Don Cassi scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Pure caramel on the nose. Behind it a bit sherry-tinged (mainly raspberries), as if the batch had been created from ex-bourbon barrels and then 2 barrels of the A'bunadh had been added. The longer he breathes, the fruity it becomes. After a while, citrus notes too.

    In the mouth, fruity and spicy with a slight tingling of alcohol and subtle coffee notes that continue through the finish. After the sweet nose, the woody-bitter finish surprises.
    Length: 4/10

    Not bad, but there is simply better in this price range: A'bunadh from our own company with a clear sherry influence or, for example, Glenallachie 12 (similar profile but more interesting).

    Grade: 2


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