Amrut Tasting Notes

Posted: September 29, 2011 in India, World Whiskies & Spirits

Amrut Single Malt Whisky 40%

Tasted: Mar 2007

A very sweet nose, with some sherried fruit(?), mature honey and oily vanilla-butter and toffee’d banana custard. Damn this is all wood. I can see why they think it’s an old Spey as it seems quiet mature although obviously it pretty young.

The palate is sweet, sweet, sweet!!! Straightforward with some oily soft fruit aimlessly ambling amongst the oak, butter and toffee. It has a good length with some late pepper and spice notes. Personally it’s a bit cloying and I need to rinse my mouth with a proper spey now! This is definitely one for those of you with a sweet tooth – but not me!

Amrut 46%

Tasted: Feb 2014

Full and aromatic on the nose with buckets of sweet barley, honey and dusty oak. A little citrus note along with a touch of gin-like botanicals emerges and adds a lovely freshness to the aromas which was missing in the earlier 40% bottling.

The palate is soft and very honeyed with the demeanour of a mature Spey. Beautifully soft with sugar coated barley, gentle spice and hints of liquorice and citrus. The increased abv gives it a better balance. It has a slightly perfumed finish with the citrus lingering and joined by that botanical note.

Amrut Fusion 50%

Tasted: Dec 2010

A blend of unpeated Indian malted barley and peated Scottish malted barley. Distilled separately.

The nose is not as sweet and sickly and a lot better balanced than the 40% Amrut I tasted awhile ago. It’s quite young with plenty of clean, peppery, marc notes. With time it does become sweeter with some sweet barley and almost sherried fruits; although I believe that no sherry casks are used. With time hints of dusty orange and briny peat.

The palate is full and oaked. The coastal peat character is more up front and followed by the sweet barley. It’s a touch on the fiery side but that is tempered to a certain extent by the chocolatey malt. Gently smoked with a very peppery middle similar to Talisker crossed with a sort of Bunnahabhain  floral character. The piquant alcohol masks the finish somewhat but there is plenty of dry peat and marc notes in the after taste.

With water the oak retreats on the nose allowing more of the peat and chocolate orange notes to emerge, although it does become sort of vague-ish. On the palate it is however it becomes a bit watery and the finish reminds me of pot pourri! An entertaining dram as long as you avoid water.

Amrut Intermediate Sherry Finished 57.1%

Tasted: Feb 2014

The nose displays huge gobs of treacly dried fruit and a serious grain-like spiciness. Succulent, moist fruit cake with some dusty American oak in the background which comes through quite purposefully with time.

The palate is quite tannic, but those tannins are pleasantly soft and supple. The palate is pretty much all about the clean sherry – Raisinated fruit cake and soft wood spices. A little rum-like note comes through on the finish along with some chewy malt and a botanical note.

A drop of water emphasises the citrus on the nose but also makes it less intense. The palate has become oilier, less complex and a little on the homogenous side, although in staying that it does bring out the spice notes rather well and some American oak now appears in the finish. Personally I would drink it neat.

Amrut Peated 46%

Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

The nose opens with kerosene and very herbal and oily peat. Sharp citrus notes collide with the dense oak and barley. With time some sweeter peat, honey and heather emerges along with a late cold tea note. It’s sort of like Highland Park on steroids.

The palate show a little more delicacy with the herbal honey and heather notes up first. The peat seems quite hidden but it begins to creep through. Hints of parma violets, barley and malt follow, leading to a mouth-watering but not astringent finish which also shows a light, salty minerality and lingering sweet barley, a smidge of oak and dusty peat.

Amrut Peated Cask Strength 62.8%

Tasted: Dec 2015

The nose is very oily and a little subdued. Youth, lightly gristy, lightly herbal with boiled sweets, pepper, subtle peat smoke.

The palate is a touch feinty and cardboardy. The earthy peat, malt and molasses does its best to blanket the youthful and intensely alcoholic spirit but the finish is pretty hot and mouth-watering. In saying that it does have a good peppery spice and floral/ herbal peat after-taste.

With water the nose is cleaner and less oily but the feintiness is emphasised. Hints of barley, lemon appear now. On the palate it’s not as feinty, although the cardboardy note remains. Still quite short with sweet/ bitter spice and herbal citrus and softer peat. Compared to the 46% bottling this is rather disappointing.

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