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Amrut Peated Cask Strength

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@VictorReview by @Victor

19th Mar 2016

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I thank both @Nozinan and @Robert99 for samples of this wonderful whisky

Nose: Wow. intense, beautiful clear pointed malt. Peat and smoke grow and gather...then comes sweet with a minor suit of bitter. As the palate develops, the sweetness is in excellent three-way balance with a little sour and significant bitterness. Fabulous. Water added brings out intense sweetness while retaining enormous intensity. Score: 24.5/25

Taste: big very vivid sharp-edged peat takes the lead. Beautiful barley follows. Bitterness is much more dominant in the mouth than in the nose. This is very big whisky. Water added sweetens the package greatly, and is an interesting variation. Score: 23/25

Finish: finishes with deep caramel balance to the intensely bitter peat. Still very nice. Stays nice, and very big, with water added. Score: 22/25

Balance: outstanding in the nose; very good in the mouth. A class act. Score: 23.5/25

Total Sequential Score: 93 points

Strength: very strong flavours throughout. Score: 24.5/25

Quality: excellent quality in all components, grain, peat, wood. Score: 23.5/25

Variety: very good variety throughout. Score: 22/25

Harmony: you'd have to hate peat and smoke not to like this. Score: 23/25

Total Non-Sequential Score: 93 points

Comment: it has been awhile since I have had a new whisky experience as impressive as is this Amrut Peated Cask Strength. For peat and smoke lovers, this is a totally delightful whisky. The nose is to die for. Amrut barley-malt has very high consistency for high quality and enjoyment across the Amrut product line. I have had very positive experiences with almost every Amrut I have tasted. Now that I have had the pleasure of its acquaintance I am a new big fan of the Amrut Peated Cask Strength

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16 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

We'll have to have some around next time I see you.

I would say that this is an excellent dram for people who like big flavours and are relatively new to Peat. It doesn't have some of the potentially off-putting rubber and iodine notes of Islay monsters (which I like too). I'm sipping and enjoying Uigeadail right now, but thinking of the Amrut. I really like this whisky!

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Nozinan, sure, I will always be happy to have some Amrut Peated Cask Strength with you!

4 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

This one has been on my radar. It's a couple marks below the Talisker 57'N for you; I was wondering how you think they compare. Is brininess the main difference?

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@vanPelt, the style and quality of the Amrut base malt is very different from any of the Scottish malts. Grain source, location of maturation, climate of the maturation, woods used for maturation,...all are different. Yes, the brine isn't there with Amrut as it is with Talisker or most of the Islays. That is also very significant. I like the brine, and, all things considered, I generally much prefer for there to be a brine component with strongly peated malt. The Amrut Peated Cask Strength is quite good even without the brine, and that characteristic Talisker black pepper, as complements to the peat and malt.

4 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

I really thought that Amrut imported their peated barley from Scotland, and I also thought they used standard bourbon barrels from a few different US sources. No? In any case, is there any better Scotch reference point you can think of? E.g. Lagavulin etc?

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@vanPelt, you may be right about the peated barley importation. I don't know about that. I do know that they otherwise use local barley. About the barrels, my point was that Amrut uses a good bit of new oak maturation, and does not, like the Scots, routinely use re-used barrels for 100% of their malt maturation.

Sounds to me like you need to taste the Amrut Peated Cask Strength for yourself. To me it doesn't taste like anything from Islay. Closest Scottish comparison? Maybe a very peaty Highland Park with no wine influence.

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I find there is a sulfury vegetal note (not in a bad way) to the HP I've tried. I would categorize Amrut's as a very "clean", uncomplicated peat.

4 years ago 0

@NAV26
NAV26 commented

@ Van pelt, it has been a few months since I tasted this Amrut, but I agree with Victor and Nozinan's comments. It is not comparable to the big medicinal or peppery peat from many distillers. A very peated highland park and I would add other Highlanders such as very peated or more mature Old Pulteney or Oban are excellent comparisons. Perhaps because it lacked a lot of the big peaty flavor profile I expected, I dismissed it initially, several of my in laws really liked it! I will need to revisit this Amrut, with some oxidation and appreciation for non-Islay peat, in a few months.

4 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

Thank you for the review. I have fallen for this Amrut myself. If you gentlemen get the chance I recommend you to try the Blackadder version of the peated CS. I found it as good as the OB but with a bit more smoke and intensity.

4 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Alright! I've got some batch 25. It seems you received 2 samples-- do you know which batches? Is there any batch variation with this one?

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@vanPelt, my samples of Amrut Peated Cask Strength are at the same ABV and both were to my knowledge purchased in Eastern Canada. They were not labeled by batch number, so I am not sure how to differentiate them except by taste. When I open the second sample to taste it, I will compare the two and let you know if they appear different. @Nozinan, @Robert99, if you are reading, can you report the batch numbers please?

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Mine was Batch 12

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Nozinan, thank you for your prompt reply. It was your sample which I have tasted thus far and on which the review was based.

4 years ago 0

@JasonHambrey
JasonHambrey commented

Surprisingly, my bottle of batch 12 wasn't that peaty. It's there, I just wouldn't categorize it as strong as I expected.

Brilliant stuff though - I was very impressed.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@JasonHambrey, I have been impressed over the years by how much variation in peating level there can be in the same bottling run, even when the whisky is bottled on the same day. I loved the heavy peating evident in this particular bottle of Amrut Peated Cask Strength. I expect I may have been a little bit less enthusiastic if the peating level had been noticeably lesser.

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@JasonHambrey Did you try the Ashok Manoeuvre? Gentle warming brings out the peat in a big way.

4 years ago 0

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