Rampur Asava, 45%

Price: $90 Issue: Winter 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

This is the world's first Indian wine cask-finished whisky, produced in the
foothills of the Himalayas. Anup Barik, Rampur's master distiller, is in impeccable
form here, re-casking mature whisky into Indian cabernet sauvignon barrels and
monitoring them judiciously to find the perfect balance. Enticing aromas of damson, black
currant, aromatic spices, vanilla essence, and pipe tobacco rise from the glass. The jammy
autumnal fruits are immediate and compelling on the palate, developing red cherry, honey,
peppery spice, and candied peel notes. Delectable expressions from this nation are
flourishing, and with Asava, Rampur has beautifully captured the spirit of Indian whisky.

Number 7 in the 2021 Top 20