No, I’m not sleeping. All of the adjectives I need for this dram are ‘Z’s. The Fusion is mindblowing. (Okay…that one didn’t need a ‘Z’). This whisky is zingy, zippy and zesty. I can’t remember being so taken aback by a whisky before this one.
Ever had pop rocks? Y’know…those fizzy little candies that hiss and tingle and pop on your tongue. No?
Okay. Let’s try another approach…
Remember your first orgasm? That ‘holy hell…what was that?!‘ moment at 12 or 13 when you discovered…well…anyway…you know what I mean.
Can you imagine a whisky that packs that kind of surprise? That is Fusion.
This deep orange drink is bottled at a hefty 50% abv (hell yeah, Amrut!). It is the biggest 50%’er I’ve ever tried. Bold and unique. Quirky and surprising. It will surprise your nose and tickle your tongue, literally leaving you with that wonderful anesthetic feeling (numb lips).
The individual notes are not hinted at, but all step up to take their turn at the forefront. Peat, chocolate, spice (cloves), orange zest (think Grand Marnier), smoked meat (salami?), rum and sherry. Wow. The harmony and balance of all of these is magical.
So many ‘fused’ flavors competing for your nose/palate.
Chocolate and spice continue to vie through the finish, which lingers long and warm. Many, many minutes later as it finally began to fade, I was left with bitter green fruit and a bit of oak.
Amrut Fusion is so surprising, it will make you doubt what you have just tasted and want another glass. Stunning. Or should I say…’ztunning’.
I should note…though the Amrut distillery was founded in 1948, it has only been recently that their whiskies have exploded on the world stage. I truly can not wait to see what comes next for Indian whisky.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt