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This is my second foray into Amrut. The standard single malt was pleasant, albeit a bit forgettable. I don’t intent on restocking that one. But expectations are higher for the Fusion. I’ve been excited about this one for a while…
Nose: Some mild peat. There are some serious fruity notes here. Some berries and some tropical notes appear. But also there’s something more exotic about this fruitiness. Strawberries. Caramelized strawberries. And peach. Not the fruit. Peach candy. Like those chewy little gummy candies. Very sweet, very fruity, dancing nicely around the hints of peat and spice. Rich, unique, and inviting.
Palate: Medium body. Smooth arrival with a slightly oily texture. More peat than the nose suggested. Apples and banana dance in the background. A fair amount of salt in here.
Finish: Gentle peat ushers us into the finish and stays. I taste pears and peach. Some bitter coffee notes pop up as well. Just a hint of pepper. Sweet throughout. Those fruity strawberry notes do begin to come back. They don’t dominate, but they do linger in the distance.
This is definitely different. It’s remarkably enjoyable. The nose is an absolute treat. Unfortunately the unique fruity/candied scents don’t truly come to fruition on the palate. They return towards the finish, but I’d like to taste more of them. The palate is a straight forward, gently peated, smooth, and well crafted. But, while the palate is lovely, it’s not quite on par with what the nose promised. Still, this is something that I’ll likely restock after I’m done. This is one of those bottles that are fun to show off. It’s got an exotic flavour profile and it’s produced in an exotic country. And it’s genuinely good stuff.