Regulations are a funny thing.
Looking at the history of the Scotch industry, one finds that the regulations have been a double edged sword.
Originally people had a still, and took whatever leftover barely, wheat, etc. and put it in the still, and drank what came out. Simple alcohol, no cuts, and was something you shared with others while shooting the shit. Because you didn’t have video games, TV, circlejerks, or anything we love today.
Eventually some people started selling it, and of course someone screwed that up. Regulations of all sorts, both good and bad, cropped up in Scotland. Some were good, like minimum age requirements to be called Scotch. Others, like the Highland border requirement, fell on their face. Even today, we see questions over if blends can detail the specific ages of ingredients.
And now we jump to India. India doesn’t have regulations on its whisky industry. Which for some of their whisky products, is bad. We end up with young rums at the end of the day.
However there are a handful of companies that do care, and do make a good whisky. The one we’re going to discuss today is Amrut.
However Amrut also has the liberty to try odd casks, use different parts, and benefit from the extreme hot weather that hyper ages their whisky. Indian whisky is typically 3 to 5 years old. That means anything new and crazy they want to try, they can and won’t have to worry about trying it 10-20 years down the line.
On the flip side some of the industry makes one wonder about quality, which hurts Amrut. Thus Amrut has luckily grown to be one of the top whiskies, and not just another of the questionnable Indian whiskies that are squirted out.
Today I’ll be reviewing both base lines of this interesting company as well as some of their more experimental ones.
Let’s see what the fuss is all about, shall we?
Amrut Indian Single Malt is the entry malt from Amrut. It is one of 5 of the standard offerings, and one of two at the lower Cask Strength. It’s NAS, From what I can tell, they use ex-Bourbon casks. And beyond that, it’s meant to be the entry into Amrut, even though typically people end up trying any of the others from the line up.
So, let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: Currently N/A (according to their website) at the LCBO
Colour: 7.5Y 9/4
Nose: Lemon, thyme, malt, celery, black pepper, caramel, ginger
Lighter nose. Good amount of spice on it. It’s almost like a Highland was kinda spicy.
That said, it is quite light on the nose. I feel like it has parts I like, but is missing parts. Maybe some butter. I’d love some butter. Why can’t I see anything below my waist?
Taste: Black pepper, ginger, grassy, raspberry, olive oil
Lots of spice. It’s very spice forward. It’s quite light beyond that, with the other elements feeling like parts rather than a cohesive whole.
That said, spice bombs are great. Especially when I don’t have to eat an entire pumpkin pie to get it. People tend to stare at me in the park when I do that. Or at the pool. Or on the bus.
Finish: Caramel, celery, cashew, radish, arugula, wood
Finishes with more earth and less spice than before. Lots of pepper and wood notes as well. Again, nothing that’s going to blow your mind, but nice to sip on.
Conclusion: This is a nice standard expression. Nothing that is going to blow you away, nice to sip on, and fun to drink.
Does it need more, in general? Yes. More acid, more cohesion, and the overall strength is somewhat weak. It’s thin. All in all, there’s nicer Amruts out there, however this shows off the base spirit, with slight sweet notes and earth. Good to know where you came from and all that.
Amrut Peated Single Malt is the second of the two 46% offerings, and yet another of the standard range of Amrut.
As there’s no peat in India. So this is peated at Port Ellen (small place, don’t worry, they are doing okay). And then shipped to India, made into whisky, and everyone’s happy. Specifically this is the whisky that originally caught Jim Murray’s attention, who then told everyone about it and Amrut can now afford to keep the lights on.
Big shoes to fill then. Let’s see how this tastes, shall we?
Price: Currently N/A at the LCBO (based on their search)
Colour: 10YR 7/10
Nose: Cocoa, cheesecake, butterscotch, weak bacon, majoram, almond milk
So before I mentioned there was something missing from the unpeated malt. This one has completely gone over the spice, leaving only a little earth to remind us of the unpeated. That said, this is different malt, and as Bruichladdich (also small, they have a real future) has shown us, the malt does affect the taste.
I wonder what the PPM is on this one. It seems like it’s almost there. Like, it feels like it wants to be Caol Ila, but isn’t quite there. The smoke is too weak, and it’s more sweet. Not that it’s a bad thing, just a reaction.
Taste: Peat, cream, anise, strawberry, lemon, cinnamon
Nice and sweet. The Caol Ila connection is very much there. This has less developed, and less peat, but still really nice to sip on.
When I read about Black Bottle (tiny company, works out of an up and coming whisky area called Scotland), this is what I imagined. Seeing how I was let down by it, I’m glad that Amrut has risen that torch.
Finish: Rosemary, cocoa, mint, poopyseed, wood, cloves, sweet potatoes
Nice sweetness at the end. The earth from the non-peated showed up, so I guess that connects them, right?
Kinda? Maybe? I don’t know. What I do know is it’s nice and tasty. I’d prefer more peat, however I recently did some Octomores (really tiny, they do good stuff) and that may be affecting me.
And by recently, I mean weeks ago.
Conclusion: This is an interesting peated malt. Not overly peated, and nothing like the younger Scotches with peat that I’m used to. It’s closer to Ardmore (small outfit, does good things) and was nice.
That said, I think I wanted more the whole time. Or perhaps, based on reviewing the cask strength version, this shines at a higher Abv., where as here it’s nice but may be needing a little extra to get over the hump.
All in all, very tasty, and something to be proud of making.
Amrut Two Continents (2nd Release) seems pretty simple to understand. Whisky is first matured in India, then in Europe. This version in ex-Bourbon casks.
Well… that doesn’t really give it the glamour that Amrut has put it. Let me try to balance it out a little without the flowery language I’m known for (dicks).
The barley comes from India. Specifically the North West province.
Then it’s shipped 2,500 km to Bangalore, and aged in South India. After “a while”, it’s shipped 9,000 km to a “undisclosed location in Europe”. You know, Europe, that small place. Let’s not narrow it down now.
So this has gone through multiple aging. And shipping. And shown we all live singing and holding hands when we work together. At least if it tastes good. If it doesn’t, it may start a war.
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 2.5Y 8/8
Nose: Pot-pourri, plum, chocolate, caramel, green tea, blueberry, fruitcake
Odd notes from an ex-bourbon cask. Lots of different floral elements, with fruit and nuts coming forward.
I have to say, much like after Xmas when you know lots of White people, all that remains is fruitcake. Lots and lots of fruitcake.
And the general happiness of sweets as well, but my earlier joke was more edgy, so stop reading here.
Taste: Ginger, plum, vanilla milkshake, pecan, caramel, raisin
Nice sweetness. Not as complex as the nose though. There’s this big ex-bourbon creamy/vanilla bomb in the middle that throws me off a little.
Kinda nutty too. This has to be the most Scotch like Amrut yet, given the vanilla and caramel and the lack of spices.
Finish: Malt, grape, walnut, currant, cinnamon, oak, coffee, ginger
Lots of different flavours. Really long finish too. This is where the dram shines more, over the taste.
Conclusion: All in all, for all the back and forth and long distances, I wanted something really crazy. And while I think this is unique, and has a nice nose, the taste is too simple and the finish, while long and tasty, seems disjoint to the rest and isn’t as complex as I’d want.
The more I drink this, the more I wonder about the alcohol content, the type of cask, the undisclosed location, and the NAS feel. It really does seem, to me, that it needed some more time in Europe, or a different location.
I’m hoping to try Herald at some point, and see the difference, as it was made very similarly, but we know it was in Germany on a damp island (paraphrasing).
None the less, nice dram, just want a little more out of it.
Amrut Naarangi is the next one. And if I’m being honest, the one I wasn’t looking forward too.
First off, /u/devoz, who gave me the sample, stated it wasn’t his favourite.
More importantly, my bias. You see, Amrut Naarangi doesn’t just sound like orange (which I’m not a big fan). It’s actually Hindi for “Amrut Orange”.
And why, pray tell, did they call it Orange? Are they trying to steal the new idea of naming after colours from Macallan? Thankfully no.
This whisky is innovative. They took ex-oloroso sherry casks, and then seasoned them with wine (yay) and orange peel (WTF) for three years.
That’s some godamn long time.
Then they took an ex-bourbon aged Amrut of three years and aged it for another 3 years in the Franken-seasoning.
So I’m a bit torn. This exemplifies the insane nature of whisky that I love from Amrut. And I’m pretty sure the Scotch society would flip their wigs if anyone in Scotland ever said they’d try it. And in Canada, they’d be run out of town for besmirching our maple whisky.
But… did it have to be orange peel? I mean…. I really hate orange when mixed with things.
Oh well. I gotta try it. Let’s see how it tastes… shall we… dammit.
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 5YR 6/10
Nose: Zucchini loaf, orange zest, cardamon, banana, brown sugar, plum
Okay, not a big blast of orange. Not what I was expecting at all.
It smells like spice, dessert loaf, and some orange. But not bad orange, good orange. Don’t think Terry’s, think a BBQ sauce with orange zest, or just the right amount of acid.
Don’t eat the brown stuff.
Taste: Banana, cloves, caramel, orange juice, ginger candy
Less complex taste, but still has the banana flavour to it. The Amrut spice is there in force as well.
And while the orange, yet again, is there, I feel it adds a nice flavour again. Really enjoying sipping on this. And am currently considering making a zucchini cake.
Finish: Ginger, banana bread with walnuts, dry pear, raspberry, apple pie, cardamon
Something I’m noticing, so far, is the taste on Amrut never lives up to the nose or finish. Which, in a positive way, means the finish is usually better, not that the taste is bad.
This is no different. It goes above and beyond at the end, with lots of butter, brown sugar, and spice notes. Quite dry in places too.
Conclusion: I came into drinking this assuming a blast of orange all over the place. I walked away surprised that I liked it so much.
That said, I know that others have tried this, and reviewed it as an orange bomb. So I think this is a whisky that needs, nay, requires oxidization to get shook from the orange tree.
This is a flavour profile I just love, and that’s why the score is high at the end of the day. Yes, the finish and nose have some interesting complexity. The taste could use some boosting, but that’s hardly an issue with this one.
If you do buy a bottle… give it some time open before really enjoying it. I think that helps.
Amrut Portonova is a cask strength version of Amrut that has been aged in American oak casks and then finished in Port Pipes. What type of Port? What winery made it? No idea. But it’s from Portugal.
Originally considered putting this under the single cask section (see below), however realized that the LCBO didn’t buy a single cask of Portonova, they merely bought the standard at the same time as some single casks.
Fun living in this province… oh wait, I spelled frustrating wrong.
Price: I paid $120 (CAD) at the LCBO for this one. It eventually dropped in price.
Cask Type: Port Pipe
Colour: 7.5YR 7/10
Nose: Rum cake, BBQ sauce, floral, strawberry jam, honey, cumin, papaya
Nice amount of sweets on the nose. Goes from dessert back to BBQ sauce. Don’t know how I should feel about that. Part of me loves it.
Good floral and honey notes. The port and the whisky work well together. Less spice, though still a little. I’m guessing the flavours of the port and the spice mixed into the rum cake, but heck, maybe that’s just the way I make rum cakes.
Taste: Black pepper, strawberry, balsamic vinegar, caramel, mint
Hot. Not hot as the ex-Bourbon single cask (see below), but has a lot of hot elements. Again, the spice works really well with the port.
What’s that? India has a history of “working well” with Portugal? Cool.
What’s that? They had to? Now I’m sad.
Finish: Lemon zest, oak, cloves, wheat, arugula, malt, cherry, asparagus
Good amount of sweetness at the end, and the spice from the malt comes through. More vegetal than I normally have on Amrut. Nice addition.
Conclusion: I think Portonova shows that Amrut can go in different directions with their malt. Not quite as much as other, more insane versions, however the high Abv., the interesting flavours, and the good work together (even if it’s forced) leads to a well rounded, balanced malt.
Also this is a lot less hot than some others I bought at the same time.
Amrut Kadhambam No. 2 is where we start getting into different, odd types of casks. This is still something that other countries could do, and some major Scotches have, however given the time required to make something, it’s not always profitable.
Unless it’s grain whisky and you’ve already aged it 30 years, but that’s a different story for a different day.
This Amrut special edition is made by aging the malt in three different cask-types. Up first: Bangalore Blue Brandy.
So what the hell is that, I hear the voices in my head asking? From what I can gather, this is brandy made by Amrut, aged in American Oak Barrels. It is made with Bangalore Blue Grapes, which follows French and Indian regulations.
That’s pretty exotic.
It also is aged in Rum caks, and then oloroso sherry butts. I believe the Rum casks would also come from Amrut, however I couldn’t find anything to say either way.
So we used sugar cane, grape juice that was distilled, and grapes that were fermented, threw them in oak, and then threw in Amrut juice.
That sounds crazy. Right up my alley.
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 7.5YR 7/8
Nose: Brown sugar, grapefruit, Mini wheats, almond butter, royal icing, orange
Initially I’d say the rum is at the forefront of this dram. Lots of sweets, molasses, and some fruit.
Eventually there’s some nuttiness and some lighter fruit sweets, which I’d say is the sherry. Or maybe the brandy. Honestly lost.
Taste: Raspberry, cinnamon, chocolate milk, almond milk, nutmeg, caramel, lemonade
The taste, on the other hand, seems to be following the sherry route. The Amrut sweetness shines through, however this is clearly gaining more from the sherry. Lots of chocolate and raspberry notes.
Quite a sweet dram. Not for people who don’t like sweets. Would go well with dessert.
Finish: Apple, macadamia nuts, grape soda, musty, ginger, floral, sulphur
And oddly enough… the finish on this one doesn’t live up to the taste. Just when I thought I was figuring you out Amrut.
Less sweet and more dry on the end. Maybe this is the Bangalore Blue Brandy? Maybe it isn’t? I’ll have to try some when I get a chance. It’s a little bit rough, end of the day, and the flavours don’t 100% jive well
Conclusion: A really odd, random dram. It’s unique in some ways, and reminds me of PX sherry casks in others. Quite sweet in a lot of places. You have to like sweets to like something like this.
I’m impressed that the spicy aspects of Amrut shine through in places, as I know other whiskies that would not hold up to the different flavours.
And before I get to the single casks, the last of the “crazy shit India did” whiskies is a doozy.
Amrut Spectrum starts out normally by being aged for 3 years in ex-bourbon barrels.
Then they bring in a custom built barrel the world has shunned and hated, lining up with pitchforks and lit torches.
The barrel? Well at an undisclosed location in Europe (probably the same place the Two Continents was aged) they made a true Frankenbarrel.
The staves of the barrel include a combination of five different types of wood: New oak from America, new oak from France, new oak from Spain, ex-oloroso sherry, and ex-Pedro-Ximenez sherry.
To note, this truly wouldn’t be allowed in some countries. Heck, Compass Box got in trouble for replacing the head of a barrel with another. This is truly nuts.
And it was the whisky I hunted down for the year. Lucky me. Let’s see if the hunt was worth it, shall we?
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Colour: 2.5YR 3/8
Nose: Cherries, plum, violets, fruitcake, almond, ginger, cinnamon, rum caramel sauce, Twizzlers, sorghum
To say that there’s a lot of flavours with this whisky is a tad bit of an understatement. This is the type of whisky that keeps giving you more and more. Probably due to the amount of new oak, or maybe because 6 different cask types were used.
Or witchcraft. Might need to dunk someone in the lake.
There’s the right amount of youthful sprite-ness here with dark fruits. Love to nose this.
Taste: Papaya, ginger iced tea, strawberries, pear, brine, brown sugar, caramel sundae
Lots of fruits. Tons of sweets. Enough to make me forget about sweets for a few minutes. Just a few.
Not as insane as the nose, but this keeps bringing new flavours to the forefront. One second it’s briney, the next is’ fruity, and then caramel and cream. Really nice to sip on.
Finish: Creme de caramel, banana, papaya, dry, waxy, apple, almond, pineapple, floral, almond
A lot of caramel, nuts, and fruit on the finish. Somewhat drier than the rest, that works with the finish to go quietly into that good night.
I’m starting to think that odd casks + Amrut = floral finish. Kinda odd it showed up again.
Conclusion: It worked. It made something kinda nuts. I hope it doesn’t hunt down it’s creator to the Arctic in a murderous rampage. Because those suck.
This is the opposite of insane creations coming to life and hunting you down. This is really, really tasty. Best I can describe it is something close to Bruichladdich Black Arts 2 or 3. Or somewhere in between. It misses some of the complexity of three, but has more than 2, and still does that insane mixture of flavours well.
Maybe I should have gotten a full bottle…
If you’ve been reading this far, good on you. It’s good for the mind. Take a break, stretch, maybe rub one out, and then come back for the Single Casks of Amrut. It’s cool, I can wait.
Amrut Ex-Bourbon Single Cask is, from what I understand, a cask selected by Amrut for the LCBO. This was one of three casks that the LCBO ordered. From later talks with people in the “whisky sphere” (see: gossip circle), the LCBO lets the distillery pick the barrels they want to send them.
Given these were quite late and ended up lost for awhile, I wonder how much the prohibition loving LCBO wanted to do this program, but that’s neither here nor there. Let’s see how it tastes and then judge them.
Price: I think I paid $110 at the original price at the LCBO. It eventually dropped twice.
Cask Type: Bourbon
Cask Number: 3444
Malt Type: Unpeated Indian Barley
Date of Distilling: June 2009
Date of Bottling: January 2014
Bottle Number: 041 / 156
Colour: 7.5YR 6/10
Nose: Varnish, butter, potato, nectarine, wheat, cloves, carrot, ginger, orange, molasses
Kinda rough at first. Lots of different flavours on the nose though. Given time the rougher, potato/varnish notes subside, the Amrut spice comes through, and there’s more fruit to it.
It’s hot though. Quite hot. Very hot. Give this some time, is what I’m saying. A little water calms it down.
Taste: Ginger, cinnamon, hot, caramel, brown sugar, anise
Still hot. Still very hot. The plethora of flavours has simplified. After burning my tongue over and over,
Really hot. Did I mention that? The spice and the heat takes quite awhile to get past on this one.
Reminds me of a younger rum that I’ve had.
Finish: Carrot juice, thyme, dusty, umami, pecan, peach
Finish starts out really watery, earthy, and dusty. Again, this dram really, really needs time and/or water.
After awhile, you realize that the umami mixed with the nutty and fruity elements really works well.
Conclusion: Basically this is really, really hot. I’d say put it back in the cask some more, however I think they lost something like 40% to the Indian angels, so I’d better keep my mouth shut.
This is really, really hot. And that will turn most people off of it. However given either time or water (or both in my case), it opens up to have really nice flavours. And doesn’t hide those flavours either. The nose is probably the best part.
But again: Give this one a lot of time.
Amrut PX Single Cask is basically the LCBO’s version of Intermediate sherry. It is a lower Abv, and it is a single cask. So it’s not really. But it’s kinda? I don’t really know how to classify it.
Not much else to say on this one… I ran out to grab it, assuming they’d sell really quickly at the LCBO. I was very, very wrong and ended up paying a much higher price.
Dang. Let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: $120 (CAD) at the LCBO, I think
Cask Type: PX Sherry Cask
Cask Number: 2696
Malt Type: Unpeated Indian Barley
Date of Distilling: June 2009
Date of Bottling: January 2014
Bottle Number: 074 / 120
Colour: 5YR 7/10
Nose: Strawberry, anise, celery, papaya, molasses, cotton candy, green apple
Very sweet on the nose. Everything about this one is sweet. Some acid, and then sweet, like a pastor’s daughter at Woodstock (that’s an old timey place).
Some spice comes through, though I would have liked more. At least the earth aspects are still there.
Taste: Radish, cherry, arugula, caramel, lemon, caramel
More earth, making my earlier comment foolish and ill prepared. Not to mention… I mean, I write these in stages, what was I thinking?
Less sherry influenced than I thought. Actually wrote caramel twice, as it kept being the dominant note.
Finish: Oak, mint, cherry, rosemary, dry, black pepper
Ends with more sherry influence, however I’m starting to think that these casks weren’t that reactive. Has some nice spice notes. It finishes nice, but isn’t too spectacular.
Conclusion: It’s an okay cask. If the LCBO actually picked out the casks rather than letting the distillery do it, I’d question whomever tried this, as it’s quite hot, doesn’t have a lot of depth, and while tasty and nice to sip on, doesn’t do much compared to other releases (see around this review).
I still like to sip on this, I’m just wondering if it needed some more time, damn the angels and all that.
Amrut Bangalore Tiger Single Cask is another Sherry influenced Amrut. The difference is this bottle was specifically picked by the distillery’s Brand Ambassador Ashok Chokalingam for the Canadian market. And because we like Tiger’s, they put a tiger on it (Citation Needed).
The other difference is this was aged in ex-bourbon casks and then finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks.
Also it mostly made it out West. I assume the LCBO buying their own single casks annoyed the LBBC and then we all got up in an initialism fight.
Let’s see how this one tastes, shall we?
Price: $115.99 (CAD) in Alberta, where a friend was able to pick up a bottle
Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, then finished in PX sherry casks
Cask Number: 2701
Malt Type: Unpeated Indian Barley
Date of Distilling: July 2009
Date of Bottling: November 2014
Outrun: 540 bottles
Colour: 10YR 8/8
Nose: Cranberry sauce, plum, ginger, cinnamon, sulphur, cookie dough
Sherry is more evident here than the last one. Last one was mostly sweet. This is sweet as well, however the really nice spices come from time in the bourbon and giving more time to let the whisky to develop.
I’m going to be eating my words in a moment.
Taste: Orange/cardamon, molasses, ginger, cinnamon
The sherry takes over here, or doesn’t, or something doesn’t jive as well. We have the spice, we have some sweet notes, and we have some Sherry influence. But beyond that? It’s quite simple.
So simple I don’t really have much more to say. But I drank this while watching the new Gilmore Girls season, and that was fun. So good times.
Finish: Ginger, lime, peach, caramel, sulfur, orange rind, oak
Nice finish. Makes up for a really simple taste. Reminds me of a summer time cocktail on the finish.
And based on earlier posts, you all know how much I like COCKtails.
That was sad.
Conclusion: Nice finish, kinda simple taste, and okay nose. This seems to have tried for an interesting blend of red fruits with vanilla.
It didn’t quite work, and I have a minor, completely can’t be backed up reason for thinking why.
I think that it didn’t happen because these are young spirits. It may take time to pull off the double casks of Balvenie, Macallan, or others because they need time anyway. Where as Hyper Aging can lead to some underdeveloped notes.
That’s what I feel happened here. We get some orange, and the Amrut spirit backs it up with the typical spices, however beyond a nice nose, it doesn’t really do enough compared to other Amruts. Nice to sip on, though not as complex as I’d like.
Thanks so much for reading this far. Just a heads up: I’m about to get into the last two, peated single cask offerings. So go have another wank/flip the bean. Or grab some water if you’re dehydrated.
Amrut Peated Blackadder Raw Cask is up next, and the only IB on this list. There aren’t many Amrut IBs that I’ve run into. Probably because this one even costs a pretty penny.
And I should know. All Pennies are super pretty, because we got rid of them. What with all the Canadians who just stared at them like crazy people. Had to get rid of them. Was for our own good.
Anyway, this is the peated version of Amrut, bought and bottled by Blackadder. For those of you who don’t know, Blackadder believes in no filtering with their Raw Cask series, and as such you’ll even find sediment in the bottles. This ensures maximum flavour.
Price: The prices in Ontario will scar you for life. And yes, I did mean scar.
Bottle No: 65/282
Colour: 5Y 8/8
Nose: Blueberry chocolates, hot chocolate, almond, fresh bread, gingersnaps, perfume
Big fruit notes, and the peat has hit that fat kid’s happy point of chocolate. Good amount of sweets here. Almost like an Almond Joy, however barring my recent trip to the US, I haven’t seen one of those.
Had to ban them. Same reason as the pennies.
Taste: Ginger, lemon, mint, macadamia nut, fruit cake, passionfruit
Exactly like a fruit cake. Take that as a plus or minus, I won’t judge. Much.
The normal amount of spice from Amrut is lessened here. I’m going to guess again that’s due to the different barley used for the peated ones. Instead it’s a lot of fruit and the impact of the peat.
Finish: Ginger, mint, lamb, graham crackers, cocoa nibs, BBQ ribs, tobacco, brown sugar
Tons of flavours on the finish. The peat has really grown in the short time this cask was aging. The amount of cask strength blows you away.
This may actually be a little too strong for some, and I can see why Amrut will lower the Abv to 50%. Personally I love the amount of different flavours, however this can be quite hot.
Conclusion: A brash version of Amrut, who knew? Well the people at Blackadder, for one. So. Them. And all the people who reviewed this before me. And the ones who just drank it.
All right, quite a few people then.
This is quite a strong Amrut. It reminds me of younger Islays with the peat, however has developed into some really interesting chocolate notes. I want more from the taste.
Also I’d love if the peated had some of the spice notes from the unpeated, however it’s either different barley or the peat envelops them. This is nice, and makes me want for the official distillery release of the Cask Strength again.
Finally we have Amrut Peated Port Pipe Single Cask. An OB version that has been making the rounds. It makes sense too.
I mean, if you were a chocolate maker who also had a great recipe for peanut butter, you’d put them together. And if you were a pimp who had a brother who partied with politicians, you’d put them together.
So like those great women and men, Amrut too added their great, well loved Peated Whisky to the Port Pipes that make Portonova beloved. So let’s see how it turned out, shall we?
Price: N/A in Ontario.
Cask Type: Port Pipe
Cask Number: 2713
Malt Type: Peated Barley
Date of Distilling: June 2009
Date of Bottling: August 2013
Outrun: 346 bottles
Colour: 10YR 6/10
Nose: Smoke, strawberry, almond, peanuts, brine, chocolate
I think this is somewhat closer to what Amrut was going for before. We have the smoke giving us chocolate notes (as well as smoke given the youth) with some of the red fruits from before. There’s more nut notes here.
Make your own jokes, I’ve written 12 of these in a row and think I was an idiot for doing so.
Taste: Milk chocolate, butter, heat, brine, brown sugar, black cherry, black pepper
Hot. Probably one of the hotter ones, barring the two single casks from the LCBO above. Needs a lot of time to mellow out.
Where as I picked up more smoke on the nose, it’s mostly gone here. This is more creamy and young, with lots of sweet notes.
Finish: Chocolate, chili pepper, dusty, leather, thyme, plum, caramel, ginger
Peat has completely gone into chocolate, probably due to the port pipe’s effect on the cask.
This is still very hot. Needs a lot of time to just mellow out, become the peat bomb it never does.
Conclusion: Given the low amount of bottles from this one, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the angels got really busy. Also given the young age, I’ll say that Amrut would have had something great if not for what I’m assuming was an extra hot year or a drafty barrel or, if you’re into it, thirsty angels.
None the less, while this doesn’t achieve what other peated port whiskies do, it’s on the right track. Given a better situation or perhaps a different part of the aging bin, this could have taken the extra time it needed and balanced out. It isn’t peaty enough for people who want peat, and the port hasn’t had enough time, or has clashed with the peat.
Nice to sip on, however I think Amrut has better out there. In no way a bad drink, and I think they nailed the nose on this very, very well.
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