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This bottle was left over from a party I had once (I think it belonged to @Nozinan but I can't quite be sure), so I don't know how long it has been open. It's one of the 3 single cask LCBO exclusives that Amrut released. I don't think they sold that well (they kept discounting them) so I don't know if they'll ever do that again...
This is distilled from unpeated Indian barley and filled a virgin American oak cask in June 2009. At some point it was finished in an ex-bourbon cask (#3443) and bottled January 2014. During that time, 40.89% of the distillate was lost to evaporation, yielding only 168 bottles.
The colour is a full gold. On the nose there is cinnamon, nutmeg, dark honey, vanilla and papaya. There is also a light toffee in the background, balancing out the fruit and spice. Slight hint of sourdough, and a little minty. A little maltier with water, but it's really not necessary. Quite rich and satisfying.
On the palate there is more caramel and vanilla, but with cooking spices (cumin, coriander seed, paprika), soft oak and thick honey. The ABV seems less than 60%! Water helps bring it all together. Very creamy, almost syrupy - you really get the bourbon oak influence here.
The finish is oakier, with much more spice and a nice mouth drying quality. This is another fantastic Amrut; I prefer it to the sherry cask LCBO release (though I can't remember what score I gave that one, so who knows). These have all but vanished from the marketplace here (don't expect to even find these at auction). A very nice, rich, meal-of-a-dram.