Amrut Fusion Indian Single Malt Whisky
NOTE: I have updated the post regarding the availability and new additions of the Amrut catalogue in the Indian Market, Thanks to the official Amrut folks from twitter !
I wanted to have a go at “Amrut” range of whiskies, for nearly a year now . The main reason was that, it is an INDIAN single malt, most Indian whiskies are pretty harsh, but this one had won many international awards. It got me all curious when I later found out that Jim Murray (an esteemed scotch expert) rated it as the ‘Third’ Finest Whisky in the World for his 2010 Whisky Bible.
But, my quest for getting my hands on Amrut had been long, mainly because it has a very limited production. In India, initially it was sold only in Karnataka, but now its available in Mumbai and Goa too. Internationally, its available in selected outlets in US, UK, Australia and South Africa. I have read that the brand has now spread across Western Europe and the Scandinavian countries too. To add to the ordeal, it is difficult to get hold of this beauty even in Bangalore, as apparently it gets sold out very very fast ! I had to check up 3 liquor stores before I could get my hands on one single bottle of Amrut Fusion. The store person (where I got it from) later confided that major of its stocks had got sold out in a week and he has just couple of bottles left, hence he didn’t really keep it in display and saved it for customers who asked for it specifically. I was really glad he did that 🙂
Before, I go on to the tasting notes, I wish to list out the products in its range, as not many people even in India know about the existence of this awesome whisky.
- Amrut Fusion – Single Malt Whisky : 50% International variant, 46% Indian Variant.
- Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky 46% (same for Indian variant too)
- Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt Whisky 46%
- Amrut Cask Strength
- Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt Whisky Cask Strength
- Amrut Portonova
- Amrut Single Cask
- Amrut 100
- Amrut Kadambam
- Amrut Greedy angles
- Amrut Intermediate Sherry
- Amrut Two Continents Single Malt Whisky
Amrut’s Cask Strength versions have higher alcoholic content. Amrut Distilleries does not state the age of its single malts on the bottles because the company fears that consumers who do not know about the brand or the faster maturation process in India, would mistake it for a young whisky, and not be willing to pay a higher price.
The Amrut Fusion, Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky and Amrut Peated Single Malt Whisky (recently added) are available in the Indian Markets.
Nose : Sweet, fruity, bit oily honey, mild freshness of mint and pleasant floral notes, very very mild peat
Palate: great fusion of sweet fruits, Vanilla, Chocolate, peat with a spicy kickback towards the end. Well balanced and smooth.
Finish : medium – long, Pleasant sweetness with a seductively spicy kickback, mildly warming towards the end.
It is an excellent whisky ! Probably the only one which can kick my personal best Cardhu 12.
It’s a must try and is best enjoyed on the rocks. Amrut proves a very important point, good whiskies can come from anywhere 🙂