In a nutshell: A bold, fruity and sherried, cask strength Speyside Single Malt matured in two types of American Oak and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks.
The lowdown: Casg Annamh is Gaelic for 'rare cask' and is roughly pronounced cask annav. This fairly recent addition to Aberlour's range is matured in a trio of casks - ex- Olorosa Sherry and two types of American oak, but it's the Sherry influence which dominates. Bottled at a cask strength 48%ABV the result is confidently flavoursome whisky with a nuttiness and rich fruitiness alongside some cinnamon spice which leads up to a warm and biscuity sweet finish.
Whilst the original distillery was founded back in 1826 it has subsequently been rebuilt twice and the current building dates back to 1898. It's situated in the heart of Speyside just a couple of hundred yards or so from the river itself in the village of Aberlour.
It has also undergone various changes of ownership over the years. Since 2001 it has belonged to Chivas Brother a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard.
A significantly sized distillery their single malts are aged in variations of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks with one of their most popular expressions being A'Bunadh which is a wholly matured in ex-sherry casks.