Thanks to /u/nofansky for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on Reddit.
Had a bit of a break from whisky for Passover, but I’m back. This is a cask strength version of Amrut’s peated Indian single malt. I’ve tried the regular version before but was less than impressed, which is a pity because I quite liked their Fusion expression which is made from 25% peated barley from Scotland. But sometimes being bottled at cask strength can make a huge difference to a whisky’s character.
Other than the fact that this stuff is peated to about 24ppm and that like the Fusion, the peated malt is brought in from Scotland I could not find much information about this one.
No Age Statement. 62.8%. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength.
Nose: Coal dust. Sweetened jerky. Glace cherries. Vanilla cream. Apricot. Wet stones in the sun. Craft glue. Banana bread.
Palate: Bitter wood. Quite hot. Apricots. Vanilla. Toffee. Burned straw. Bubblegum.
Finish: Long. Bubblegum. Bitter wood. Light chemical smoke. Turns into menthol and liquorice that just goes on and on.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I found the peat on this a little muted for my tastes, but it was still a very enjoyable dram with some interesting character to it. It carried the light, fruity Amrut profile quite nicely. I don’t think I’d ever buy a bottle, but a pleasant whisky for those who prefer their peat in a supporting role.