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Life on the Other side of the table……

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The Big whisky event of the year in Newcastle is the Annual (6 so far) Whisky Lounge Newcastle Whisky Fest , This year i would be seeing it from a different perspective , from the other side of the table !

Ashok would be away ‘Down Under’ converting the Antipodeans to the Amrut Way and he asked me if i would step into his shoes and host the Amrut table at the Fest , how could i refuse !!! After the prep talk and collection of stock just before Ashoks departure , it was just a wait till the day of our ( i’d talked Melanie into helping out by now….) maiden appearance at a whisky show .

It was an early start on the morning  , after loading the car it and getting to the Civic Centre Car Park , it was time for a Hearty breakfast at the Five Swans ! got to get your priorities right…… On arriving in the Banqueting Hall we were greeted by Amanda (Eddies better half) and shown to our table  and down to the serious business of setting up our display……NWF2014_0

I think we made a pretty good effort for our first go !

NWF2014_1So it was just a case of waiting for the doors to open and the hordes to descend , say hello to a few fellow exhibitors (it was great to see Yolanda on this side of the country on the Bladnoch table) and pose for a piccy with our handy work……

NWF2014_2The Amruts we had on offer were -

  • Amrut Single Malt 46%
  • Amrut Peated Single Malt 46%
  • Amrut Single Malt Cask Strength 61.8%
  • Amrut Fusion 50%
  • Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured 57.1%
  • Amrut Single Cask – Bourbon #3446 62.8% (White Token Dram)
  • Amrut Single Cask – Port Pipe Peated #2714 (Black Token Dram)

So at 12pm the doors opened and the first of the 700 punters enter and boy was it busy ! Right from the word go , there were lots of familiar faces and from the questions lots of new customers to the whisky experience . Quite a lot of the newbies were surprised there was a malt whisky from India and even more that there were 2 exhibiting here (Paul John was a couple of tables down from us ) , i’m glad to say all were highly surprised at how good the quality was of the Amrut product !!! After the initial shock of finding that Malt Whisky was produced in India the most commonest question was where is the distillery ? And how do they do the Peated one ? all of which we was willing to answer .

Melanie was well in the groove by now…… 

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The Intermediate Sherry was an early Favourite , infact it was the first to depart the table ! It was great to see people just not going for set ones but being willing to try their way through the range and the Peated one being very popular with Islay fans . At one point word seemed to get around that the Fusion was an excellent dram (what we and Jim Murray already knew !) and there was a hell of a rush on it ! Going off peoples comments it’ll be interesting to see how it done in the dram of the day Competition . During the afternoon there weren’t many lulls in the crowd but we did find time to pose again……

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The afternoon did fly over , it was great to spread the Amrut word and talk to fellow whisky drinkers about one of my passions , The Gorgeous Melanie was outstanding all afternoon - I was so proud of her !  The one thing that did come out of the afternoon was just how much Ashok will be missed when he returns to India , You are one popular man Ashok and lots of the visitors passed on their best wishes to you !

Some of the many visitors to the table , It was nice of Livvy to bring along her Grandad Bobby……. :-)

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We had an absolutely Wonderful day , thank you Ashok for the opportunity to do it ! We wrapped our gear away and headed into town for a well deserved drink and bite to eat with Livvy …….

Some Photos Courtesy of our Good Friend Bobby Banford…….

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Amrut Single Cask 3437 – Bourbon

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The end of 2013 saw the release of the Amrut Single Cask Series , it consisted of 3 types of cask – Bourbon , PX Sherry and Port Pipe – this one is the Bourbon……

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Amrut have provided a lot of information on the label for these releases……

  • Cask Type / Cask Number – Bourbon / 3437
  • Malt Type – Unpeated Indian Barley
  • Date of Filling – June 2009
  • Date of Bottling – August 2013
  • Total Maturation Loss – 42%
  • Bottle Number – 101 / 168
  • ABV – 62.8%

It also states that this one was an Exclusive Bottling for Europe .

I was originally given Cask #3441 to try so it’ll be interesting to see how Cask #3437 fairs up against it……..

Again a lovely ‘Golden Syrup’ colour in the glass (lovely oily legs as well) , for 62%+ the nose is quite relaxed , a really fresh feel to it , bags of vanilla , malt , spices , millionaires shortbread and the Amrut Liquorice . This is definitely one of them malts you could smell for a very long time……. But we won’t at the moment , so onto the palate , again liquorice of the Amrut variety  , spices including a huge wallop of cloves , chocolate , malt , digestive biscuits , a very complex malt ! The finish is superbly long , spices , vanilla , a great heat and incredibly chewy ! If you are a fan of Amrut seek this out ! If you’ve never tried Amrut , seek this out , if it doesn’t make you a fan i’ll be very surprised !

It is a very close thing between this and the Port one for which is my favourite , i think the Port one just shades it due to the fact that i was very surprised i liked it! These Single Cask Bottlings are Amrut at it’s best , they show that a great deal of time and thought has went into selecting the finest casks to put their spirit into , you also need an excellent spirit to start with and they’ve done both superbly ,  long may it continue !

Amrut Single Cask 2713 – Port Pipe

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The end of 2013 saw the release of the Amrut Single Cask Series , it consisted of 3 types of cask – Bourbon , PX Sherry and Port Pipe – this one is the Port Pipe……

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Amrut have provided a lot of information on the label for these releases……

  • Cask Type / Cask Number – Portpipe / 2713
  • Malt Type – Peated Barley
  • Date of Filling – June 2009
  • Date of Bottling – August 2013
  • Total Maturation Loss – 45%
  • Bottle Number – 031 / 346
  • ABV – 59%

It also states that this one was an Exclusive Bottling for Europe .

This is the same Cask that i was kindly given a sample of by Ashok , so instead of reposting the old notes lets see what it’s like now that it’s been bottled !

A lovely Ruby Red Colour, Straight away the peatiness hits you accompanied by the fruitness of the port , there’s also chocolate and caramel lurking in there with Cherry liqueur and spices , i think the best way to describe the nose is a Spiced peaty fruitiness ! I love the nose but the Pièce de résistance is the palate , a multi layered sensory delight ! An incredible peatiness with dark fruit jam on top of Cherry liqueur sprinkled with a variety of spices . The Port Cask and the peated spirit are in perfect harmony , great balance , the finish to this is really long , peaty , sweet and spicy ! I was really surprised by this when i first tried it , i wasn’t a big fan of port , whether fully matured or finished , but this is exceptional , this works perfect with the peated spirit . it is a real palate pleaser !!!

Happy New Year !!!!

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New Year

Here’s Wishing all our Readers and Subscribers a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year !

This year has been the busiest on the Blog and we had visitors from 55 different Countries , including a fair few from India it’s self , Not bad for this little ol’ blog ! Many Thanks and please do return in 2014 !

We’re looking forward to another exciting year ahead and plenty of lovely Amrut Single Malt whisky .

I’d also like to thank Ashok for all his help along the way and wish Him , Viji and the Family all the best on their return home later in the year , Myself and Melanie will miss you all !

Amrut Malt Gurus

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No this isn’t some secret society i’m a member of !!!!

It is actually the Official Facebook and Twitter Presence of Amrut Distilleries , They keep you up to date with all things Amrut , News , Awards , and things like this……

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A photo of your own personalised label ! I actually got this twittered to me this morning while on the ferry returning from a visit to Islay , “We love your blog dedicated to Amrut. Here’s a custom image for the holidays to show our appreciation.” Cheers Guys ! you can contact them via the Social Networks……

Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/AmrutMalt
Twitter – @AmrutMalt

3 Single Casks

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Seems ages since i last posted tasting notes for new Amrut releases but the wait is certainly worth it !

We have 3 New Single Cask releases , one from an Ex-Bourbon , One from an Ex-Port Pipe and One from an Ex-Pedro Ximinex Cask……. 

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Ex -Bourbon Cask No.3441

Dist June 2009

Bottled August 2013

A lovely Golden colour in the glass , The nose is classic Amrut , Malty , Digestive Biscuit , Caramel toffee , chocolate ( read Millionaires Shortbread for the last 3 ) and of course Liquorice . There’s also a hint of tropical fruits in the mix , delightful ! This one fair dances across the palate , loads of oak spices playing with the malt and liquorice , a stunning mouthfeel ! The finish is quite long again with spices and Millionaires shortbread and an incredible chewiness , This one does not disappoint !!!! Amrut at it’s finest !

Ex-Port Pipe Cask No.2713

Dist June 2009

Bottled August 2013

The odd one out of the 3 as it’s Peated . Ruby Red in colour , At first the peatiness is subdued by the fruitiness of the Port , A bag of mixed dark fruits , plums and blackberry jelly spring to mind , eventually there is a waft of peat and if you wait long enough (if you can!) the glass is eventually filled to the brim with a smoky peatiness . The palate is REALLY peaty and not as fruit filled as i was expecting , there is fruit there (again of the dark variety) but i think this is the peatiest Amrut i’ve ever had . The finish is long and peaty with plum jam , the cask and the peated spirit really go well together in this one , both interplay well with each other and neither dominate , very good balance , another ace bottling !

Ex-Pedro Ximinex Cask No.2702

Dist June 2009

Bottled August 2013

The colour of Golden Syrup, the Amrut Liquorice is the first thing that grabs your attention on the nose , then it intermixes with the dried fruits ( raisins and sultanas ) , glace cherries  and cake dough of your traditional Christmas cake ! The palate at first is dark chocolate and glace cherries  then the liquorice and shortbread biscuit come through . There is also a hint of cherry liqueur , The finish is very dry and long , and almost liquid christmas cake . Again incredible balance between the spirit and cask and another thoroughly enjoyable Amrut !

3 stunning casks , worthy of the Amrut name , many thanks to Ashok for the samples .

Two Recent Paul John Releases

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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 .

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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 !

Edited

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 !

MaQintosh Premium Whisky

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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 ) .

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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 .

Amrut Kadhambam Batch 4

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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 !

Amrut Peated 46% Batch 19

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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 !