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 .
(Click on pages to see full size version)
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
A couple of interesting Videos have been posted on You Tube by Purple Valley – Amruts importer in the USA – of Amruts Bottling line , i must admit i was a bit surprised by how labour intesive it is ! The macinery is very similar to what i’ve seen in several of the smaller Scottish Distilleries with their own line .
When Ashok was over in the USA recently he announced the release of a Kadhambam specifically for the US market . This one differs from the previous release in that it’s at 50% ABV and it was matured slightly longer in one of the casks . Once again it is an un-peated malt that once again has been matured in ex-rum , brandy and Oloroso sherry casks .
So whats it like ?
A deep Golden Syrup colour , it Seems to take a little while to open up , eventually the liquorice comes through with Shortbread and chocolate , it’s a very relaxed nose , sweet as well . The palate has a lovely silky sweetness to it , Liquorice , vanilla , dark fruits , honey and spices . The finish is pretty much the same a continuation of the palate and is quite long .
So how does it compare to the original ? It seems sweeter on the whole than the first one , definitely more fruitier, only the finishes seem the same , i think i may well prefer the US version due to sweetness and fruitiness . The fruitiness , i’ve been told , comes from the extra maturation mentioned earlier .
Another excellent Amrut , The Americans are extremely lucky to be getting this wonderful dram .
Associated Links - The Original Kadhambam