As a Christmas treat to myself i bought a couple of the recently released Amruts , the newest one being the Portonova . The maturing of this whisky followed a similar route to one of my favourite Amruts , The Intermediate Sherry Matured ,This one was initially matured in a combination of New American Oak and Ex-Bourbon Barrels then transferred to once-used Port Pipes (imported from Portugal) and then reracked into Ex-Bourbon casks for a final period .
The Bottle comes in a new style of packaging , maintaining the wrap around front cover , it still has a style and uniqueness of the old style while occupying less of a shelf space ! I really like the new box , it certainly catches the eye but more importantly what’s the content of the whisky like ? Will i like it as much as when i tried a sample many moons ago ? Let’s see…..
Bottled at 62.1% in October 2011 (it’s marked as Batch No.1 so more to Come ? ) , The colour is remarkable , a light Mahogany with golden and ruby tinges . Comparing it to my original sample notes the flavours match up , only the dark fruits seem more pronounced at the initial pouring , liquorice, millionaires’ shortbread (chocolate, caramel toffee and biscuit) and spices . It doesn’t nose in the low 60’s % , no battering of the nasal passage but i could sit and smell it all night…….
But i won’t…… On the palate is when you realise that it’s been in a port pipe at some stage of it’s life , luckily it’s not over-whelming (some port finished whiskies have been !) , It has everything you expect from an Amrut with a touch of wineyness / dark fruitiness at the back of the palate . The finish is delightful , long , very chewy , it just keeps giving…… and giving……. and giving….. Fantastic !
What can you say ? They just keep producing exceptional Whisky ! Though i must add i still prefer the Intermediate Sherry……