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Amrut Cask Strength bottled 2007

Barley In Your Face

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@VictorReview by @Victor

22nd Jul 2015


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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This review is of a 50 ml mini bottle of the unpeated Amrut Cask Strength, bottled in September 2007. I give my thanks to @Nozinan for the reviewed bottle

Nose: very strong barley grain flavours, more cereal in style than grassy; there is some muted pear and citrus in the mix. For a whisky which is aged a relatively "few" years, 5 ?, 6 ?, you can tell that there is something a bit different here,...the use of some new oak for aging. This is pretty simple, but I love the intensity. The barley grain commands the flavours here

Taste: great barley intensity; stays simple. The barley flavours in this one are mostly middle and low-pitched. This is not the tastiest barley, but it is good quality barley. If you like flavour, you will like probably like this. This gains sourness mid-palate

Finish: moves very slowly more sour into the finish, but stays pretty close to the palate for a long time

Balance: love, love, love! the intensity. This is all about barley. This is good but not the very best-tasting barley. Even though some new wood aging is done here, the wood flavours are mostly in the background. As a Big Flavours Guy, I can always get into a whisky like (unpeated) Amrut Cask Strength. I will choose other Amruts for my bottle purchases, however

Water added: 1) raised the pitch, sweetened, and lessened, the nose flavours, 2) fused the palate flavours, and 3) fused the flavours on the finish. I prefer this without water

Strength: HUGE flavours. Score 25/25 pts

Quality: OK barley, OK wood, nothing special. Score 21/25 pts

Variety: not a lot. Score: 20/25 pts

Harmony: good, could be better. Score: 20/25

Total non-sequential score: 86/100 points

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Nozinan commented

I haven't tried this since December 2013 when I discovered the minis in Calgary. I have a few regular bottles and a couple of minis left. I hate to open them and destroy history...I also had a subsequent batch which I did open. My brother In law found another and will bring it.

I really like this whisky. I'm very happy to hear that this is a barley forward malt. It gives me a good reference point to what it is I'm tasting. So now I can with confidence say I like the taste of barley in spirits.

8 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Nozinan, I think that if I had been reviewing from a larger bottle, and I had time to observe this whisky at more than one sitting, that it might have opened up a bit more and become a bit fuller. I am looking forward to more experiences with Amrut unpeated Cask Strength.

I like almost everything that Amrut makes. This score of 85, which is certainly not a bad score, is on the lower end of the scores I would give to the 15 or so bottles of various Amruts I have tasted...about half of them with you.

8 years ago 0

Frost commented

@Victor thank you for the review. Sounds like something worth checking out.

8 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

It is indeed worth checking out, and enjoying!

8 years ago 0

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