Known as "The Monarch". This rare and special whiskey is named after the famous painting, "The Monarch of the Glen". In 1851, Sir Edwin Landseer created the famous painting, an instant masterpiece, that depicts a stag in the Scottish Highlands. John Dewar and Sons purchased the painting in 1919 and hung it proudly. Master blender Stephanie Macleod used the painting as inspiration for this rare and special whiskey. A blend of very rare vintage single malt and single grain scotch whiskies. The blend is then married in oak casks for a light, velvety 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.
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.
Meaning 'the original' in Gaelic, A'bunadh is made in homage to Aberlour's founder, James Fleming. Abunadh is a whisky hand-made from start to finish with each batch being created to ensure a rich and complex flavour of moist raisin, and homemade fruit cake. It is bottled at cask strength resulting in a robust and deeply intense, Sherried whisky.
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.