Next up is my first review of a whisky from a region I have always wanted to try, India and the Amrut Single Malt. This whisky has been matured in a mix of New American Oak and ex-bourbon barrels. It is bottled without chill-filtration and is naturally coloured.
Style: Single Malt
According to Indian Mythology, when Gods and Rakshasas – the demons – churned the oceans using the mountain Meru as churner, a golden pot sprang out containing the Elixir of Life. That was called the “Amrut” The founders of the Amrut distillery aptly named it Amrut Distilleries.
The Amrut Single Malt Whisky is made from selected Indian barley grown at the feet of the Himalayas, nurtured by the waters flowing there and cultivated by old and traditional agricultural practices. It is carefully mashed and distilled in small batches to preserve the natural aroma. It is then matured in oak barrels in a unique tropical condition, at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level at Bangalore.
Colour: Rich deep gold with slow thick legs.
Nose: Has a lovely upfront burnt sweetness (honey), followed by a more toffee sweetness. It has a wonderful burnt, yet sweet, smokiness to it. Underpinning it all is a pleasing spice and grain notes.
Palate: Rich and mouth coating. Hot spiciness, especially on the tip of ones tongue, quickly followed by a burnt sugar sweetness. Palate also has a very nice balance between the sweet and spicy notes with some grain and wood as well to round it out nicely.
Finish: Long with a very nice sweet spiciness throughout. Touch of sweet coffee at the very end.
Overall: Inviting and pleasant nose that pulls you in with the palate giving one a balanced and tasty tasting experience. A very easy drinking whisky from an exotic, for me at least, location.
My Score: 80