Last year i posted notes on the Debut Cask Release from Paul John , Indias other Single Malt Producer , based in Goa . This year as well as some more single casks they’ve also released two ongoing bottlings . The first , ‘Brilliance’ , is unpeated using Barley from the foothills of the Himalayas and Bottled at 46% . The Second release is a Semi-peated (both peated and unpeated spirit) called ‘Edited’ and again bottled at 46% , the peated spirit is 20 – 25 ppm .
Golden Syrup in colour , The nose is very honeyed to start with , then Green apples , pears , digestive biscuits and fudge . The Palate is very sweet , honey and creamy toffee , and again quite fruity (grapes been prominent) . The finish is long , Creamy and sweet .
This is so like a Scottish Malt ! The nose reminds me of a very good Bruichladdich . An excellent malt which might surprise a few people especially if tasted Blind as it doesn’t give away it’s origin !
Again Golden Syrup in colour , the first thing that hits you on the nose is the peat , not full wallop like an Islay just a gentle nudge , then the fruitiness (tart green apples) and a hint of malt , quite a pleasant nose . The palate starts off with the peatiness then the sweetness and fruitiness of the Brilliance takes over . Once again the finish is long , Creamy and sweet with just a tang of peat .
Another very good dram but i must say i prefer the Brilliance !
What ? I hear you say…..
Let me explain , i was given a ‘Mystery Sample’ by “The Man” Ashok and asked what i thought . I thought it was a Malt by Amruts rival in India…… Wrong ! I was a touch gobsmacked by what he told me it was , It is Amruts Premium Whisky Release in India , MaQintosh . It says on the Box “Superior Indian Whisky Enriched by oak matured malt from Scottish Malted Barley ” . I’ve been told it contains Amrut single Malt , Indian Grain Whisky and IndianWhisky (The famous Molasses distilled stuff) , It is bottled at the standard Indian ABV of 42.8% (it’s the maximum ABV they allow in India , i believe it’s to do with shipping between the various states of India ) .
The colour is bright gold and it is very oily , The nose has none of the Amrut Liquorice which is usually present , it is sweet (Honey ) with a lot of creamy fudge . The palate is smooth and creamy with Vanilla and a touch of spice , it is almost like a well aged single grain when tasting , the finish is long , creamy and very chewy .
Now i’ve tried one Indian Molasses Whisky in the past , McDowells , and it was just sickly sweetness in a glass but i have to say this is good ! I would put this up against any Scotch Blend and if it didn’t come out on top would be very surprised . I’ve been told it sells for about £8 a bottle in India , which to me is an excellent price .
Many thanks to Ashok for the sample .
We are now up to Batch 4 in the Kadhambam ( 1st release notes here , Batch 2 notes here ) , Kadhambam is a Tamil word meaning “Combination” or “Mixture” , it is an un-peated malt that has been matured in ex-rum , brandy and Oloroso sherry casks .
Once again it is a lovely polished Gold colour and produces wonderful oily legs in the glass . It has a lovely relaxed nose , shortbread biscuit is the first note followed by quite a fruitiness (the 3 different casks are playing their part here) , the usual Amrut liquorice seems quite subdued in this one .
On the palate we get the liquorice ! Also toffee , spices and a sweetness i would associate with rum , feels very luxurious across the tongue . The finish is long , spicy , sweet and very chewy !
Another great dram , a bit more relaxed than the regular Amruts , after dinner i would say .
Once again thanks to Ashok for the sample !
It’s been a little while since we’ve had a new batch of Peated Amrut (even though this is Batch 19 ! Just Remember that Amrut Batches aren’t as large as other distillery batches….. ) . It is a rich golden colour heading into Amber , still very oily even at 46% .
The nose is very Amrut (liquorice , oak , Millionaires shortbread) with a lovely smattering of peat , being at the lower abv it doesn’t tingle the nasal hairs , it pleasures the senses hugely . On the palate at first there is a mild peatiness mixing with a hint of spiciness and a touch of fruitiness ( Spiced apples / cinnamon apples ?) . Then peated chocolate digestive ! The finish isn’t too long , peat and something that reminded me of a recently tasted aged Lagavulin .
One thing you can say about Amrut is that they produce consistently good Spirit , wonderful stuff !
Previous Peated 46% notes
Thanks to Ashok for the sample !
A few years ago Amrut along with their German Importers Prineus decided to try something different (Some said innovative , some [Whisky Connoiseurs] said Gimmicky) , they put 4 casks on a small German archipelago in the North Sea called Heligoland. In 2011 Three of these of these casks were bottled . How good were the first bottlings ? Well the Cask I tried was soo good i ended up purchasing 3 bottles !
This year Ashok returned to Heligoland and bottled the remaining cask of the original 4 , Cask 3030 , so what’s it like ? 2 years down the line the ABV has dropped a wee bit from in the 60′s to 58.4% , the Colour is pretty much the same , a lovely Golden Syrup . The nose is pretty powerful at first , nasal hair tingling , then we get oak spices , Liquorice , chocolate , shortbread , caramel toffee (yes the Millionaires Shortbread !) , there’s a hint of orange in the background .
Across the Palate it is very strong , Huge liquorice , very spicy , cloves and cinnamon . There is also a fruit jaminess to it , dark fruits like Blackberries . An incredible mouthfeel to it , The finish is very long , spicy and has that fruit jam to it . It is also very chewy (something i like in Amruts ) .
It s really different to Cask 2857 , for it’s lower ABV it does seem much more stronger , it’s certainly slightly more fruity . There are 219 bottles in this release .
Many thanks to Ashok and Prineus for the sample .
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When back on the 3rd October 2004 Amrut filled Cask Number 2800 and Cask Number 2864 i wonder if they realised that when these were eventually bottled on the 15th November 2012 they would have lost over 75% of the contents ? What it has done is produced a pretty unique whisky for Amrut and for the chairmans , Mr Neel Jagdale , 60th Birthday !
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Some of the facts surrounding the Greedy Angels…… Distilled from Unpeated Indian Barley Malt , It lost 274 litres from it’s two casks during the 8 years of Maturation , leaving 86 litres to be filled into 144 bottles at 50% abv .
So what’s it like ? In the glass it’s a rich Golden colour , it produces a wonderfully oily ring around the Glencairn glass with slow sinking legs . On the nose there is the Amrut Liquorice with Chocolate , Shortbread and Caramel Toffee , mixing with a fruit syrup . The fruitiness is quite amazing , i’ve never noticed it to be so prominent on other Amruts . Across the palate you get a veritable cocktail of tropical fruits ! Pineapple and mangos mix with a hint of spiciness , then at the rear you get the liquorice and a lovely maltiness . It’s a wonderful palate always throwing up something new . The finish is medium to long with the liquorice being dominant followed by the fruit .
Quite an astounding , amazing aged Amrut ! When i first tried it i said “this one seems to almost be an Amrut fruit cocktail, really enjoyable and different to other expressions from this distillery.” , i’ll stick by that !
Amrut today announced the release of their oldest Single malt whisky, the 8yo is available in a very limited worldwide release of only 144 bottles . I’ve had the privilege to try this Amrut and it is one of the best and unusual releases from the distillery so far……
A lovely golden colour in the glass , first thing that hits the nose is the Amrut Liquorice , then a floralness interweaves with chocolate , shortbread biscuit and caramel toffee . There’s also a fruitiness (pineapples mainly amongst other exotic fruits) and a hint of fresh malt . It’s a lovely relaxed nose , one to savour for a while…….
On the palate again you get the Liquorice and the fruit , mixing with a lovely maltiness , it is quite dry and chewy as well . It does flow across the palate very well , it’s also quite sweet , creamy fudge , chocolate and pineapple juice . The finish is medium to long with the liquorice being dominant followed by the fruit .
Another stunning Amrut , this one seems to almost be an Amrut fruit cocktail , really enjoyable and different to other expressions from this distillery .
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Further to WhiskyCasts chat with Amrut on the normal Channel , Mark has posted a superb film on WhiskyCast HD……
For all Amrut Fans you can catch up with Mark Gillespies trip to Amrut Distillery and a chat with Rick Jagdale on his Excellent Whiskycast site . As always Marks Whiskycast is highly entertaining !
You can catch it at WhiskyCast.com