Paul John 2011 Cadenhead


I’ve done quite a few reviews of Indian whisky before but they’ve all been from Amrut. There’s another Indian distillery that’s quite widely available called Paul John from Goa. I’ve tried some of their whiskies before but this is the first time I’ve been able to do so with notes. I’ve had this sample around for I don’t even no how long, trying to put a dent in my backlog.

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Amrut Kardhambam


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.

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Amrut Portonova Batch #17


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.

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Amrut Rye


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.

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Amrut Peated – Cask Strength


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.

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Amrut Spectrum


Another interesting whisky from this fantastic Indian distiller. Again this is an interesting one. They matured this for 3 years in bourbon casks and then did something a little crazy. They made their own casks using staves from new American, French and Spanish oak as well as from ex-Oloroso and ex-PX casks. This is going to be interesting.

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Amrut 2009 Single Cask for


Thanks to Ran for the sample. This is a single cask bottling by the distillery for, 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.

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Amrut Fusion


I’m a bit late with this one. Amrut made a big noise a few years ago when it won some awards and got recognised as a solid malt, and in this case rightfully so. Amrut hails from India, but is actually produced almost entirely for export. They began making local spirits (most locally made ‘whisky’ in India is actually made from molasses) in 1948 and eventually began making more premium spirits including a single malt whisky in the early 2000’s and then decided to take on the global whisky market.

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