Thanks to Ran for the sample. This is a single cask bottling by the distillery for Whiskybase.com, a really comprehensive online database of whiskies with it’s own store who do some phenomenal bottlings of their own. At 6 years of age this is quite well-matured for Amrut. The hotter Indian climate means their whisky matures far faster than in cold places like Scotland.
This one is matured in an ex-bourbon cask which is quite standard fare, especially given Amrut’s tendency to do some crazy casking experiments, and should go quite nicely with the distillate profile which is quite light and floral.
Aged 6 years. 62.8%ABV. Matured in an ex-bourbon cask. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 3434.
Spilled a little on my hands, smelled like fresh cut oak boards, lovely.
Nose: Very active. Massive oak notes, not just generic wood, specifically oak, like they’ve gone and distilled a cooper’s shop. Some lovely woodspice and vanilla pods. Fresh nectarines. Herbal honey. Something a bit tannic and some mild floral notes. Quite a good dose of pepper if you breathe in deeply.
Palate: Spicy spicy citrus. Paprika. Some old leather and I swear I can almost taste bourbon in this, oaky, woody, vanilla notes galore. Macadamias. Some stewed fruits in custard.
Finish: Long. Spicy, paprika and cayenne pepper. Camphor Dry citrus. Toasted oak chips. Bit of bitter cacao powder.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Wow, this was a lovely one. The previous Amruts that I’ve tried have all been quite delicate, but this was a massive, bold dram, full of wood influence. One really does feel the faster maturation from the hot Indian climate here.