Limited Edition 2007 release.
Oh wow. Uh…I think maybe I need a moment alone to collect myself.
This is so much more than the standard Amrut Single Malt on a steroid rampage. This is awe-inspiring, really. Truly as singularly focused and massive as the mighty Himalaya, from which this distillery draws its waters.
So…while not simply content to be the beefier big brother to the standard release, this does in fact have all the hallmarks that immediately announce the familial lineage. Spice, orange, chocolate and doughy notes. As soon as I pick up on those now familiar friends, I can settle in in relative comfort and begin the sensuous journey of unraveling another one of these foreign and exotic beauties. I can’t hide it and don’t try…I love Amrut.
Do rest assured however, my shameless adoration and rooftop-shouting is not at all recognized by the distillery or the industry in any way (ahem…what I mean is…no, I’m not getting kickbacks). I’m just a shameless shiller, really. Find something good and do your best to share it with the world. Religions have been founded this way. Hmmmm…Amrut as religion. Services like that I’ve no qualms about attending more than once a week.
Anyway…I’m a bit of a flavor whore, as you may recognize by now. Big, bold and long-lasting are immediate selling points for me. Tag-team that concept with one of my favorite distilleries and…hey…you’re bound to find a happy guy sipping whisky in my back yard. The notes and nuances we get to magnify with each Amrut release at cask strength are simply out-of-this-world. These folks from Bangalore are blazing their own trails and have built a brand unlike anything available anywhere else in the world.
I toyed with an extra half point, but will leave it at 91.5+.
Nose: Cinnamon, bread dough. Exotic sweets (think Indian desserts). Faint, faint, faint echoes of tropical fruit notes. White and milk chocolates. Maybe Glossette raisins. Just a drop of each rum and smoke. Hint of dunnage warehouse. Mature decades beyond its years.
Palate: Enormous arrival. Oranges. Big cinnamon and clove notes. Straight on into creamy chocolate. Then fresh scones, orange zest and papaya. Flavor is an explosion like oral fireworks. Not as much finesse as say…the Herald, Two Continents or Intermediate Sherry, but this is a whisky flexing it’s muscle, not trying to be dainty. Yum.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt