I’m a bit late with this one. Amrut made a big noise a few years ago when it won some awards and got recognised as a solid malt, and in this case rightfully so. Amrut hails from India, but is actually produced almost entirely for export. They began making local spirits (most locally made ‘whisky’ in India is actually made from molasses) in 1948 and eventually began making more premium spirits including a single malt whisky in the early 2000’s and then decided to take on the global whisky market.
This expression is one of their more popular ones, named fusion because it is distilled from a mix of 75% locally grown unpeated barley and 25% peated barley from Scotland. No age statement here, but generally their whiskies are quite young due to quick maturation in the hot Indian climate.
No age statement. 50%ABV.
Nose: Dirty grains. Leather. Pepper. Peaches. Oranges with cinnamon. Bit of an earthy note.Dry grass. Something gentle and floral lurking in the back. A vanilla toffee note shows up with some glass time.
Palate: Thick mouthfeel. Quite a rich grainy note. Then some dry cardboard which hints at an earthy peat (similar to highland peat not Islay). Toffee. Oranges. Mocha.
Finish: Long. Quite spicy here. Cinnamon, cardamom and pepper. Dry wood. Some hints of woodsmoke. Oiled leather.
Would I buy this: No (I just got one for curiosity’s sake, probably won’t get another)
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was an interesting one. It had a lot of notes I liked but I felt like there wasn’t enough emphasis on those, maybe just a little unbalanced. Still a well made whisky, very much on a par with what Scotland has to offer. I’ll be looking forward to trying many more Amrut expressions.