Amrut Portonova Batch #17

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I tend to be cautious when buying World Whiskies because some are priced and sold more on the merit of their unique origins than the actual quality of the spirit they produce, but thankfully I’ve tried enough Amrut that I can usually be rest assured that there’s good stuff in the bottle. This one is a port finished malt, well, sort of, because Amrut likes to be a little different.

This was actually aged first in ex-bourbon and virgin American oak casks, then transferred to port pipes for it’s “finish” and then moved back into ex-bourbon casks for the final stage of maturation. But the port is the main focus here.

NAS. 62.1%ABV. Matured in American oak, ex-bourbon casks and port pipes. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength.

Nose: Rose water. Salt. Toffee. Citrus, particularly blood oranges. Prunes. Slight note of tobacco ash and smoke. Spice, like from a very spicy Shiraz. Wine corks.

Palate: Extremely fruity, but not terribly sweet, very nice balance here. More blood oranges. Powdered sugar. Plums. Raisins. Winey spice. Red fruits. Slight chemical smoke.

Finish: Long. Rich wood. Plums. Red fruits. Chemical smoke.Winey spice, goes on and on.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 4/5

This was a fantastic whisky. It had a massive fruity character without being cloyingly sweet and also balances the very unique spice profile. I do have a slight bias towards port finished whiskies, but even so this one really left me impressed.

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