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Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured

Complex vanilla coconut fruitcake

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@GeorgyReview by @Georgy

2nd Nov 2016

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

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This is a Batch 06 APR.2012 bottle and boy is it delicious! Thank you, fellow Connosr members, for recommending this one!

NOSE: sweet dried fruit (think dates) nose with lovely tannic sherry, brown sugar and raisins. There's a slight bite to it as well. Water accentuates its sour component, bringing forward the aromas of dried sour cherries and cranberries. There's also a ton of spices: black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, dried mint, star anise (definitely star anise), cardamom. Being heavily sherried, it still isn't a sherry bomb. It offers a lot more than just the standard big sherry nose. Shortcrust with slightly toasted coconut flakes and orange zest. Caramel mocha with some unexpected herbal notes of dill and parsley. Water and time reveals a big black tea note. There's also a very strange note of dried dogs' food...But that isn't something off-putting. It's just very interesting and unusual. 24/25

TASTE: without water it is actually surprisingly smooth with creamy sherried flavors, star anise, ginger and licorice. Dates, prunes, figs and lush semi-dark chocolate with raspberries. Some caramel mocha flavors as well. With water it becomes more sour (sour cherries and reveals a touch of nuttiness as well. With time you can also spot some brewed green tea notes. 23/25

FINISH: long and intense. Rich, sherry, vanilla, black tea, but not a lot of tannins (love it!). Honeyed vanilla poundcake. Creamy coconut creme brulee ice-cream. Some floral notes as well. 23/25

BALANCE: 24/25

OVERALL IMPRESSION: a very beautiful dram which is just exploding with bold, dessert-like but very well-rounded flavors. It is unlike anything I've ever tried. Unique and exceptionally pleasurable. It's definitely going to be on my top 10 list.

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11 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

@Georgy, welcome to the Amrut Intermediate Sherry Lovers' Club. Looks like I'll have to get a taste of this Batch # 6, too. You can't own too much of this juice!

3 years ago 0

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@Victor thank you! It's getting colder here in Moscow. The snow is falling down. So it's just the perfect time to enjoy either this Amrut or a nice cliched cold wheather Laphroaig.

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

Whenever I see comment on this whisky, I often wonder whether the Amrut folks understood the hum-drum connotations of the word "intermediate." It's one of the last words you'd expect a marketing buzz guy to put on a label if he were a native English speaker.

Then again, maybe that's part of the charm.

3 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Oljas, if the term Intermediate puts off some superficial buyers, that's just more left for the rest of us...

3 years ago 0

broadwayblue commented

I've been on the fence buying this bottle for a couple years now. Even ordered it once but canceled it when another bottle in the same shipment became unavailable. I might have to pull the trigger again.

3 years ago 0

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@broadwayblue I would say that if you're looking for a big and interesting sherry whisky which is unlike any other sherried whisky out there - this is the one to go for. Although there's a touch of heat to it as well (which is possibly the result of "hot" maturation), it's a real delight for anybody who likes sherried whiskies with lots of complexity

3 years ago 0

@NamBeist
NamBeist commented

@broadwayblue I agree with @georgy. Amrut intermediate is a great sherry whisky. Ofcause there is an alternative: Aberlour A'Bunadh. Maybe you should buy both. And if you are able to get to your hands on glenmorangie sonnalta, you should buy this one too. It is the best sherry whisky in my humble opinion

3 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I think an argument can be made for anyone who wants to put both A'Bunadh and IS in their cabinet. I can't speak to Sonnata as I haven't tried it.

Sherried malts are not all alike. Macallan CS, Glenfarclas, A'Bunadh and IS are all very different and all worth trying (and some...owning).

3 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

not to forget...Glendronach...

3 years ago 0

@cherylnifer
cherylnifer commented

... and not to forget Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask either ...

3 years ago 0

Astroke commented

As well as Balvenie 15 Single Barrel Sherry Cask, despite the ridiculous price point in Ontario. or Islay Sherry bombs, Bowmore Laimrig and DC III.

3 years ago 0

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