The last, and quite frankly the best (at least in my humble opinion), of Amrut’s lastest spate of single cask releases bound for the European market. This is a four year old malt matured in an ex-bourbon barrel.
With bourbon barrels only being a couple hundred litres in capacity, and Amrut’s incredibly high angel’s share, what the distillery was left with at the time of decanting was a mere 174 bottles at a massive bottling strength of 60% abv. The sad reality is that this whisky is simply too damn good to be released in a batch so small.
Here’s hoping Amrut either a) floods the global market with scores of blindingly brilliant single cask releases (like this one), or b) opts to send all of these limited expressions to Calgary.
I jest. Sort of.
Amrut’s single malt whisky is one which has shown itself to be highly malleable. We’ve seen beautiful symbiosis between the spirit and peat, port, sherry, rum and combinations thereof. But the true austere beauty of the malt is best shown in all its naked glory when it’s simply left to slumber in an ex-bourbon barrel. The singular character of Amrut coming of age in the tight-grained spicy ex-bourbon barrels from the US results in an end product so beautifully balanced and clean, I’m left humbled and awed.
There’s not a lot more to say really. The whisky does the talking for me, and I’m just glad to have tasted it.
Nose: Creamy chocolate. Almond and nutmeg. A little bit of orange. A fine dusting of cinnamon. Very high quality hardwood (like you’d smell in a great wood-working shop). Toasted marshmallow and vanilla. Quite creamy and ‘doughy’. Very much in the vein of the Herald or Two Continents. Beautifully balanced nose.
Palate: A huge delivery of pure Amrut familiarity. By now, this is an unmistakable profile. Warm melting Swiss chocolate. Cinnamon-spiced cocoa. Orange zest, mint and ginger. Nice blend of dried spices. Stunningly vibrant and tangy on the tongue.
In short: Absolutely beautiful. I adore Amrut matured in ex-bourbon. You can see the purity of the exotic spirit shining through. While I am a sucker for all of Amrut’s innovative and quirky limited releases, this simplicity is Amrut at its best.
(Thanks to Ashok Chokalingam, Amrut Brand Ambassador, for the opportunity to try these single casks)
– Reviewed by: Curt