In Ardbeg Drum, Ardbeg Scotch whisky from ex-Bourbon casks has been rested in ex-rum casks from the Americas to produce a downright wondrous paradiddle of aromas. Fragrant pine resin, woodsmoke and seaspray dance alongside ripe banana and pineapple. Lavender, liquorice and vanilla sway into rich dark chocolate, before parading into a long, smoky finish.
This is the first release in Aberlour's Casg Annamh series. Annamh is Gaelic for "rare cask". It is matured in a trio of cask types, including European oak sherry casks and two sorts of American oak cask. With a nose of milk coffee, flame raisins and honey malt. It finishes with cooking spices, sugary biscuits and red apples.
Mature oak opens to reveal dried fruits, vanilla, sweet pears, and cinnamon. Dried fruits and wood spices coat the palate. Ginger, cinnamon, and oak give depth. The finish is long and lingering, memorable.
Orange sweetness, comforting vanilla and soft hints of almond. The creaminess from the vanilla continues on to the palate, developing toffee and old fashioned boiled sweetie notes. A long and slightly drying finish.