Everybody has to start somewhere. I simply wish they would suspend their snobbery and ignorance for a while and stop reaching for Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Johnnie Walker for first sips and affordable gifts.
Of all the single malt players on the world stage right now (those distilleries outside of Scotland, that is), I believe Amrut is really the only one producing an affordable, quality, entry level whisky. And it’s a doozy. Miles more intriguing and complex than the afore-mentioned malts and blends, and, for that matter, most other comparable young whiskies. The fact that Amrut single malt is out of India should delight, instead of causing consumer hesitance.
I’m only one guy, but I can say in all sincerity that second to Ardbeg, this is consistently the best and most exciting distillery in the world. Controversial statement? So be it. Try it for yourself and see. …And those of you with deeper pockets than others…reach for the more high end Amrut expressions. They will simply knock your socks off.
What we’re looking at with this entry level malt in the Amrut range is the young base spirit, rapidly matured in the unforgiving Bangalore climate, and exhibiting a profile dissimilar to anything else I’ve tried. The Amrut fingerprint is instantly recognizable, from this whisky on through the rest of the releases. And while this may be lacking some of the innovative magic Amrut consistently manages to display in their more pricey releases, this is an astounding place to start.
Nose: Exotic spice blend. Salty bread dough and sugary barley notes. Slivered almonds. Orange zest. Old cocoa powder. Wood shavings.
Palate: Cinnamon buns with icing. Orange. Very ‘wet’ and juicy. Cocoa again. Very spicy. Cinnamon and cardamom. Maybe the vaguest hint of chai. Delicious…refreshing.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt