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The name 'Fusion' refers to the use of two kinds of barley. Apart from the locally grown unpeated Indian malt (75%), peated Scottish malt (25%) was also part of the mash bill. Hence the predicate 'East meets West' on the back label. I had read quite a few raving reviews about this Amrut and Jim Murray even gave it a whopping 97 points in his famous bible! I brace myself.
The nose differs quite a bit from the regular peated version. I get a lot of aromas that I would associated with a forrest: humus, grass, moss and fallen leaves. Tea. But where is the peat? I get some exotic fruits and vanilla, but in all honesty, I find the nose rather weak and closed.
The attack is feisty with pepper, followed by exotic fruits such as pineapple, apricot and papaya, with a touch of lime in the background. The spices fade.
The finish is long on pepper and oak.
The nose is a bit of a let down, I must say. I had expected more. Perhaps batch 5 wasn't up to standards? Who knows? But this one sure doesn't come near Jim's score (although that was indeed a different batch). Pity.