I have had a love affair with Amrut ever since I first heard of them a few years ago. They are easily the most intriguing brands out there. Young, exotic, brash and not afraid to take risks. And, boy, do they come out with some corkers!
And while we all go gaga over their insane experiments it’s this humble expression that started it all. Initially distilled and aged for just one year it was used exclusively in blends. However, a stroke of fate (and a blending decision) meant that there was a lot of unused stock left over. A decision was made to leave it for longer to see what would happen. The result? This particular liquid.
Made exclusively from Indian barley and matured in oak barrels this super young whisky (it’s between 3-4 years thanks to faster maturation in hot Indian weather) feels and tastes like a 12 year old!
Nose: Lots of salty sweet pineapples and lemon drops. The young age and freshness comes through a nice sugarcane, cucumber and coriander juice. The malted milk in the first couple of sniffs disappears and is replaced by a husky almond oak.
Palate: Strong like all Amruts tend to be. The lemon sponge cake is peppered with cumin seeds, husky nuts and a drizzle of fish oil.
Finish: Medium to long with it’s oaky white pepper in lemon mist.
This is not my favorite Amrut – only because my favorite Amrut is miles ahead of anything I’ve ever tasted. But if you want to be shocked and taken on an exotic journey then my advice would be to start here.