Believe it or not, India is the biggest spirit producer in the world in terms of volume. I had trouble believing this, but slap me around and call me Jim, these folks churn this stuff out. Granted, most of their product is a blend of distilled molasses and grain whisky, but more recognizable incarnations of single malt are produced by perhaps their most prestigious outfit, Amrut Distillery located in Bangalore. We have written of their process in our review of the beloved “Fushion,” so we will not rehash it here. Suffice it to say, they do things differently there not because they can, but because they have to.
We set our gaze upon Amrut Cask Strength Single Malt. Because of the punishing heat and humidity of the southern regions, they source their barley from their cooler Northern country bordering China and Pakistan. This unpeated malt is then aged for a short period of time in Bangalore in a mixture of new and used bourbon casks and end up losing 16% to their crueler angels. Today’s cask strength display shows 61.8%. On to it…
Nose- Honeyed grain with a nice citrus zest. Caramel and vanilla sweetness. Lemon cake and creamy pudding.
Taste- Big peppery hit with caramel and citrus rind. Thick mouthfeel. Honeyed barley. Water helps.
Finish- Toasted barley and oak. Spice and leather. Dark chocolate. Dry.
Comment- Well then, our appreciation of Amrut grows. They seem to afford the consumer with an opportunity to try a Scotch style malt with new twists, which is well appreciated. Recommended.
SWC Rating- 87/100
Agree? Disagree? I have not yet begun to fight.