When i was compiling the Amrut releases list for this blog i came across a release for a Wine Merchants in Canada that nobody seemed to know anything about , eventually i managed to track down a bottle…..
From an American Oak cask , #2272 , Filled on July 25th 2002 and bottled in July 2009 , this is the second oldest Amrut released (after the Double cask ) , The ABV 61.8% and it is one of 210 bottles .
It’s a lovely Golden Syrup colour in the glass and as soon as you nose it you know it’s an Amrut , first up is the Amrut Liquorice then the Millionaires Shortbread ( Shortbread Biscuit , Caramel toffee and chocolate ) , there is also a background note of cloves and spices . The palate is superb , the Full Amrut , very intense , the liquorice and something i’ve never noticed before a mossy-ness , again cloves and spices and a touch of Chocolate . The finish is very chewy , very long with spices and the liquorice . There is also a late hint of Oak , not woody , just the wood spices i take it .
An absolutely stunning Amrut , the lucky people of Alberta certainly got an excellent example in this bottling , A Beaut !
Once again it’s time for the great and good to gather in Newcastle for the 3rd Newcastle Whisky Lounge Festival !
Held once again in the Grand surroundings of the Civic Centre Banqueting Hall , The event had 19 Exhibitors tables including Amrut Distillery looked after by the man himself Ashok Chokalingam !
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Ashok serving up !
On his table Ashok offered up The Amrut 46% , The Amrut Peated 46% , The Amrut Caskstrength , The Amrut Peated Caskstrength and the Amrut Fusion . On my visits to the table all the Amruts were going down a storm , lots of new and very surprised converts , As usual the Fusion seem to be the one really going down well , literally in the bottle !
As well as Amrut there were other exhibitors…… including Moet Hennessy , Springbank , Morrison Bowmore , Diageo , St Georges , Arran , Glenfarclas and one of my favourites Berry Bros and Rudd . Rob came up trumps with another wonderful selection from Berrys . Mel , my wife , accompanied me this year and her particular favourites were the Farclas 40yo closely followed by the Berrys Blue Hanger 5th Edition . As well as the Tables Eddie had arranged 4 masterclasses and then at the end entertained us with his Whisky Lounge Blues Band .
The Whisky Lounge Blues Band
Eddie the Guitar Hero !
Another successful festival , certainly seemed more people there this year , till the 4th one !