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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 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 !

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 .

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 !

Amruts Greedy Little Angels….

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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……

My Notes…….

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 .

Press Release…..

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Amrut Two Continents 2nd Edition

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The Original Two Continents went down a storm when released nearly 3 years ago , matured partly in India then moved to another undisclosed place on the European Continent for further Maturation , it was a very limited release at 46% . The 2nd Edition has slightly more bottles (892 ) and is released at 50% . The Casks in which the 1st and 2nd Edition have been matured matured in are also slightly different .

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The 2nd Edition is a lovely Gold colour , almost Golden Syrup , the nose has the usual Amrut Liquorice and spices , then digestive biscuits , malt and a honeyed sweetness . On the palate it quite light at first then the spices and liquorice engulf the mouth followed by pepper and cloves . It is silky smooth and well balanced across the entire palate , the finish is long and warming with peppery liquorice .

Another cracking Amrut , the 2nd Edition is done in ex-bourbon casks rather than the ex-grain casks of the first edition , so how does it compare to the original ?

The 2nd Edition is slightly lighter in Colour , The nose on the 1st release is slightly weaker (seems 4% does make a difference….) , The digestive biscuits and Honey are more pronounced on the 2nd Edition with the cloves and spices more predominant on the !st . Getting on to the palate , the 1st has more of the Amrut taste whereas the 2nd is a lot more sweeter , the second probably more closer to a whisky from Scotland but still having an Amrut feel . There’s not a lot between the two on the finishes except the 2nd has a slightly more Digestive Biscuit / sweeter one . Both are great Amruts but it does show that Casks can make a difference , the first having a more Raw Amrut feel to it whereas the 2nd has a rounded sweeter feel to it .

Amrut lifts Grand Master title at prestigious awards

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Amrut Fusion was named Grand Master of World Whisky at The Spirits Business Awards in London on 6 December, 2011. Already named one of seven Masters of World Whisky by the judging panel of the prestigious event, Amrut Fusion came out as the “best of the best” in the final stage of the competition.

To read the full Press announcement Click on the link below

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Amrut Portonova

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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.