Amrut have announced another new release in the next couple of weeks , the Amrut Portonova……..
“The newest addition to Amrut’s collection of limited edition Single Malts once again weaves international links. Returning to the successful concept of transferring the Indian malt into special barrels during the maturation process,this time Amrut Distilleries looked to Portugal for inspiration. At its Bangalore distillery, the unpeated Amrut single malt was matured initially in a combination of new American oak and ex-Bourbon barrels. Then it was transferred to once-used Port pipes imported specially from Portugal before being put back into ex-Bourbon casks. Amrut Portonova Single Malt Whisky is the result.”
To read the full press release click here Amrut portonova Press Release
I got to try this and here are my tasting notes
A lovely light mahogany with golden highlights and a ruby tinge. The nose is definitely Amrut,the liquorice, millionaires’ shortbread (chocolate, caramel toffee and biscuit) and spices but in with the mix are dark fruits – sultanas and raisins – there is also a slight chocolate cherry liqueur (can’t remember the name…). It’s a cracking nose, very smooth, no tingling of the nose hairs for 62.1%. As it left to stand you can tell it’s not a standard Amrut but I don’t think the Port is as pronounced as the Sherry was. The Port is slightly more predominant on the palate, a touch of wineyness especially towards the back of the palate, there’s still everything there you’d expect from an Amrut. The finish is long, creamy, liquorice and it’s very chewy. It is another very good Amrut, at first I didn’t notice any of the Port wood finish but as the dram goes on it comes in, not overpowering just a subtle hint, which is the way it should be in my opinion.