Review: Amrut Indian WhiskyMay 30th, 2009
Focus on Amrut Indian Whisky
Impressive whiskies for their age (around 4 years). And many will be surprised to discover that these whiskies were produced in India. Well done! (Note that prices are approximate, as they are not yet for sale in the U.S.)
Amrut, 46%, $40
A mouth-coating whisky, and oily in texture too! Ripe vanilla malt, peaches & cream, polished oak, roasted nuts and a hint of coconut cream pie. Soothing, creamy finish. A pleasant “anytime” dram. Smartly bottled at 46% to appreciate its fine textures and subtle nuances.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 80
Amrut, Limited Edition (bottled 2007), 61.9%, $60
Similar to the standard Amrut, except that it’s drier and spicier, with suggestions of bourbon. Not as creamy as the standard expression, but a bit more sophisticated.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 82
Amrut, Limited Edition, Peated, (bottled 2008), 62.78%, $70
Good balance between ripe barley, rum-like sweetness and damp kiln smoke. Dried oak spice, bourbon char, brine, and anise add complexity, peaking on the finish. An interesting contrast to the other Amrut whiskies. This whisky could pass for a youthful Islay malt.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 84
I also informally tasted a new Amrut whisky at WhiskyFest Chicago back in April. (Distillery reps were in attendance.) It’s called Fusion. It contains 25% peated whisky, 75% unpeated whisky. The unpeated malt is Indian, while the peated malt comes from Scotland. It’s bottled at 50%. Very enjoyable!