Thanks to /u/unclebaldric for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.
This is another oddity from Amrut that makes up part of their range of interesting expressions. The Kardhambam means ‘mixture’ and that’s pretty much what this is. It’s a mix of peated and unpeated malt which has been initially matured in sherry casks but then finished in rum and brandy casks, both of which held spirits produced by Amrut distillery.
I’ve tried whisky matures in rum casks, brandy casks and sherry casks, but never whisky matured in all 3. Let’s see what this mixture can do.
NAS. 50%. Matured in sherry casks, brandy casks and rum casks. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Marzipan. Marmalade. Jaffa cakes. Toast. Condensed milk. Mulch. Pine wood. Honey nut cornflakes. Leads into quite a nice spice bouquet, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, gingerbread.
Palate: Starts off less active than the nose but slowly builds up momentum. Orange peel. Pine cones. Cinnamon. Marzipan. Orange liqueur. Ginger. Hints of earthiness.
Finish: Long. Rich woods. Oranges. Woodspice. Pickled ginger. Cloves. Pepper. Slight juniper notes right towards the end.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was a massive spice bomb. The high ABV really made this very active and flavourful and adds a whole extra dimension of character. I can’t say it’s exactly up my alley, but interesting nonetheless and well recommended for those who like very spicy whiskies.