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Amrut Fusion

Amrut! Amiright?

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

20th Nov 2013

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  • Nose
    24
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    94

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I bought this whisky almost a year ago, and poured it for my office around Christmas; I chose Amrut as we had just opened Deepa Mehta's film Midnight's Children, so it seemed appropriate. Surprisingly, while some in my office liked it, it didn't blow anyone away - anyone except for me, that is.

Amrut was founded in 1948 by Shri J. N. Radhakrishna, in Bangalore (3000 feet above sea level), who passed it on to his son in 1976. Until 2002, when it started stealthily making inroads into the UK, it wasn't really known in the West. Named after a mythological Hindu drinking vessel, Amrut uses barley grown in the foothills of the Himalayas, and the spirit is matured (with the exception of finishes) in both new and ex-bourbon casks. Their whiskies are non-chill-filtered. Amrut also makes other spirits such as brandy, rum, vodka, etc.

Fusion is exactly that: a meeting of East and West. Peated barley is brought in from Scotland and distilled, then combined with distillate from non-peated barley grown in India. This one is from batch no. 17, bottled in January 2012.

A medium gold colour. On the nose, very spicy malt, almost rye-like. Cinnamon, cloves, raspberries and sea-salted dark chocolate. Fairly peaty as well, with lots of wood/spirit interaction. Grassy, and extremely herbal, with mint and sage. Lapsang souchon. Enormous. Surprisingly, water just dulls things...

On the palate, some heat and spice: cayenne pepper, chili powder and sea salt. More caramel and vanilla here, with rich toffee notes. Some bitter cardamom and black tea. In perfect harmony with the nose, the peat helps pack a punch with the spices but it is never overwhelming. Water helps tame the spice - but this malt really doesn't need it.

On the finish, salt-and-pepper rides some waves of oak and bitter dark chocolate. This is an absolutely extraordinary whisky: bitter, spicy, sweet, delicious. One of the most complex, yet harmonious whiskies I've ever tasted. Previous batches have racked up huge accolades: a Jim Murray score of 97 (and Third Best Whisky In The World), World Whisky of the Year from Malt Advocate, and Best Natural Cask, Daily Drams Award from the Malt Maniacs. All very well deserved.

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17 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

@talexander, a very nice review. Nice, also that you got a got a good bottle of Amrut Fusion. I have had 96 pt Amrut Fusion, 90 pt Amrut Fusion, and 75 pt Amrut Fusion, depending on the batch. At its best I found Amrut Fusion to be a taste treat of wave after wave of wonderful flavours. I do hope that there are no more batches like the one @dbk bought, and I, my sister, and @Pudge72 sampled with him. Read his review if you want the description. To this day I have refused to buy a bottle of Fusion because I don't want @dbk's bottle. I stil don't think @dbk has forgiven Amrut for that one, either.

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

correction: Have you tasted the Portonova? Just curious. Ihave an unopened bottle in my safe. Waiting for the right time.

6 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

No, I don't think I have tasted the Portonova…I have a friend who has a bottle…who I'm seeing on Friday…hmmmmmmmmm……...

6 years ago 0

@thecyclingyogi
thecyclingyogi commented

@talexander i opened my first bottle at your place a little over a year ago.... you loved it! i still have one sealed bottle, but i'm pretty sure i poured off four ounces of my first. i'm happy to break that out friday, if that will help refresh your memory.....

6 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

I. Stand. Corrected. How am I supposed to remember all this? I can't remember all these damn whiskies! Damn it! Damn it to hell!!

6 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@talexander, yes, you are supposed to remember every single dram you have ever tasted...the ones with me, anyway...

If you can't stand the heat....

6 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

I can't stand the heat but there ain't no way I'm gettin' outta this kitchen.

6 years ago 0

@thecyclingyogi
thecyclingyogi commented

it's funny you say that, @victor. he actually had it a second time, at a tasting with you last year. right after this expression, @talexander opened his bottle of kavalan solist sherry. man, what a night that was....

6 years ago 0

@thecyclingyogi
thecyclingyogi commented

so there's no confusion, by "this expression", i meant portonova - not the fusion being reviewed here.....

6 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

There are so many of "those nights", I can't keep track…and I have a feeling this Fri/Sat might also be two of "those nights"…Jesus Christ we are lucky.

6 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

The Portonova is an excellent dram. To bad it's. To a standard expression.

6 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I meant, too bad it's not A standard expression. Darn iPad

6 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Wow, good review. I wonder whether any of you can compare to the Intermediate Sherry expression. As a top-10 malt (at present), is it more consistent across batches, at least?

6 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

I've only had one batch of the Fusion (the bottle I have). And I tasted the Intermediate Sherry in the context of an evening of many other whiskies (so much so that I had totally forgotten that I tasted it with both @thecyclingyogi and @Victor. Do I remember how good it was? Sadly, no. The curse of the whisky connoisseur is the not-consistent-ability to retain the memory of every dram...

6 years ago 0

@mrgargus
mrgargus commented

I have a bottle of Fusion I came very close to opening just tonight as it turns out (before settling on a dram of Knob Creek Single Barrel)...after reading this, I suspect the Fusion's time is approaching.

6 years ago 0

@mrgargus
mrgargus commented

FYI - Looks like I've got Batch 21 from Sept 2012 here. I'll do a review on it once I give it a taste.

6 years ago 0

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