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Amrut Cask Strength

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Amrut Cask Strength

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  • Brand: Amrut
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 61.8%

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Amrut Cask Strength

My thanks to @Nozinan for the reviewed sample. The reviewed bottle has been open for 6.5 months

Nose: huge intensity barley grain, showing both cereal and grassy flavours, vanilla, a little citrus, and some very noticeable alcohol. The level of alcohol greeting from Batch # 15 may be unattractive to the very alcohol sensitive, but this is a minor level for my taste. 30 minutes air exposure in the glass almost completely removes the initial alcohol greeting . The balance is very good, leaning a little to the dry side. Overall this is a staightforward grain nose, but very pleasant. Score: 22.5/25

Taste: from big flavours in the nose to big flavours in the mouth. There is an emphatic translation of the flavours from the nose. Cereal with vanilla. Score: 21.5/25

Finish: stays medium long, then fades to the sour. Sour cereal with vanilla at the death. Score; 20/25

Balance: good but not great balance throughout; the nose has a little too much alcohol emphasis, and then the sourness developing mid-palate goes farther than I would like. Score: 20/25

Water added: 1) gives some delicious much needed sweetness to the nose, and 2) brings out citrus and hickory wood flavours in the mouth. I slightly prefer the nose with water and the palate and finish without water

Total Sequential Score: 84 points

Strength: very strong flavours throughout. Score: 24/25

Quality: good to very good grain flavours; satisfactory wood influence, mainly perceived as vanilla. Score: 22/25

Variety: simple barley-malt whisky. Adequate variety. Score: 20.5/25

Harmony: generally good harmony, with a bit too much alcohol in the nose, and a bit too much sourness on the finish. Score: 20.5/25

Total Non-Sequential Score: 87 points

Comment: I did not enjoy this particular sample as much as I was expecting, based upon prior experience with a number of Amrut whiskies. Because I do enjoy the very intense flavours and am not particularly sensitive to alcohol, my enjoyment score for this whisky is more like 87 than the 85 critic's score I am assigning here. I like most Amruts a good bit more than this particular Batch 15 of the non-peated Cask Strength. This Cask Strength un-peated Amrut is a simple barley-malt whisky, virtuous in its flavour intensity and fine quality barley flavours, but slightly blemished by a little too much alcohol greeting and a drift toward the sour on the finish

I think I am enjoying this batch a little more than you did. When I pour it I add some water and I give it a lot of time in the glass.

That said, I'm sure you'll remember the single barrel offerings from the Masterclass in 2014. I do prefer the bourbon cask single barrel to this, even though they were probably matured in a similar way. The single cask is a little more complex.

@Nozinan, I liked every one of the whiskies in that 2014 Spirit of Toronto Amrut Masterclass better than I liked this particular sample of Amrut CS Batch 15. Not that this whisky is at all bad. It is just that I have come to expect great things from every taste of Amrut that I get. Thanks again for your generosity in making these samples available to me!


Amrut is one of my favourite distilleries and consistently turns out winners as far as I’m concerned. Most of the expressions I’ve enjoyed are at or near cask strength. My first experience with the cask strength was the 2007 limited edition version which I found in a miniature. I loved it enough that I bought several large bottles over the next 2 years. However I am not reviewing the 2007 edition…

The unpeated CS comes in numbered batches. Curiously, all but the 2007 edition are bottled at 61.8%. Could this be a coincidence similar to the Glenfarclas 105?

This bottle was opened at the Ontario Summit 8 days ago, is 80% full and has been preserved with gas. It is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.


Neat – On first sniff I could be excused for thinking I was nosing a bourbon. Rich vanilla and caramel notes. Sweet. With time, a little pineapple in the background, maybe some green banana, maybe apple? 22/25

With water – Tropical fruits begin to come to the foreground. Not much else seems to change. (22/25)

With the “Modified Ashok Manoeuvre” (MAM), specifically designed for Amrut whiskies, I get some clove or nutmeg on the nose. However the alcohol vapour becomes a little overwhelming.


Neat – Sweet and sour, hot from the ABV. Loads of vanilla and caramel. Definitely reminiscent of a dry bourbon. Not as much fruit as on the nose. 21/25

With water – Much sweeter, more fruity, some spices appear. With more water the flavours are intensified. (23/25)

With warming (MAM) the flavours explode in the palate, with bourbon-forward vanilla, fruits, caramel. Very much like the taste after water was added but cranked up to a whole new level! ((24/25))

Finish: Long, dry, bitter but not unpleasantly so, slight sourness lingers. 21/25 With water the finish shortens, but is not very altered.

Balance: The nose and palate go well together. There is complexity in this spirit but you have to look for it. If you don’t it’s also a pleasant sipping dram to enjoy in its entirety. 22/25

Score: Neat - 86/100 With Water: 88/100

With water and warming: 89/100

This is an excellent single malt. I seem to remember the cask strength as more “awesome” the last time I had a bottle open but it has been a while. My memory may be clouded by my intervening enjoyment of a bottle of the Single (Bourbon) Cask that was available in Ontario, which a little more complex and probably a little older.

It must be noted that, like many Amrut expressions, this goes very well with Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate.

I just noticed the picture. That is so totally NOT what the bottle looks like!

It's not a fuzzy old bottle from ten years ago?


So the cask strength single malt from Amrut (Batch 54), what’s it like then. I think it’s a non-chill filtration with no added colour.

It’s a spirity esters with orange honeycomb and something to do with new-born babies on the nose (maybe even baby vomit). A little bit of sawdust mixed in to, but not in a good way. It’s rocket fuel neat (61% Abv), on first taste, way too hotter burn for me. With water we are better, light fruits come through with a bit of sweetness (and that baby element, that I still can’t decide if it’s good) but you can tell it’s very young. Too many youthful phenolic esters (read raw hot spirity). We then finish on oaky sawdust in an ok way.

So would I recommend for the price. No, I’m afraid not. Some of our panel of tasters refused to finish it!

Mind you I think the distillate itself is of very good quality.

Do you feel good after a few drams? Mmmm it’s kinda of a neutral effect.

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