Rye whisky is one of the least common types of whisky, especially outside of North America, and world whisky (i.e. whiskies produced outside of the traditional whisky producing regions) distilleries that use rye are even less common. The only other one I’ve come across is Millstone’s 100 Rye from the Netherlands which really surprised me for the better.
But as usual the guys at Amrut are shaking things up and have released a rye whisky, touted as a “Single Malt Rye”. It uses 100% rye imported from Europe and has been aged in new American oak casks.
We tried this at out most recent Malt Mongers Israel meetup which was themed around Amrut and included this and 3 Blackadder bottlings of different cask types, and this was the favourite of several members, myself included, so much so that I took the remaining contents of the bottle off the club at our post meetup auction.
I’ve really enjoyed some of their other experimental bottlings, especially their Spectrum bottling, so let’s see how they do with this most finnicky of grains.
NAS (reportedly around 5 years old). 50% ABV. Matured in new American oak casks. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Bubblegum. Woodspice. Cloves. Sandalwood. Lavender. Cut grass. Flowers of a specific type I’ve smelled before but think what kind. Dried citrus and spices, almost gin-like. Gingerbread.
Palate: Big hit of woodspice and pomelo. Eases into Sweet citrus. Maple. Pickled ginger. Orange peel.
Finish: Medium. Tingling woody spiciness at the back of the throat. Lavender. Sweet citrus. Maple.
Would I buy this: No (Nothing to do with the whisky, everything to do with the price)
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was some truly lovely rye. Once again Amrut have outdone themselves and produced a world class rye whisky. It’s gentle and yet still very active and flavourful.
My only issue with this is the price. It sells for around 150 EUR and with all due respect to the quality product that this is, there are ryes that are just as good available for less than half that sum.