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The Amrut peated CS is a real powerhouse. Big ABV, Big flavor and Big personality. I can definitely see why so many enthusiasts are falling in love with Amruts whisky.
Initially the nose is a little spirity, not shocking given the very high ABV. In a matter of minutes though it settles down and becomes almost a bit shy.
Firstly I get some crisp sweet vanilla and fruit. It is not that heavily peated but the smoke is noticeable and it is both aromatic and peaty. The development of the nose is ongoing and adds cedar wood, peat, custard, parma ham and some savory spice - perhaps cumin.
Adding water revs the nose up again and it is back with a vengeance. Peat up front! White pepper corns, over-ripe mango, smoked pineapple, spicy cardamon and banana. A hint of kippers and a saline quality like seaweed chips. A faint and pleasant whiff of chlorine.
Palate The palate offers peat, salt and a subdued smoke. spicy charcuterie meats and sweet baking spices. When I first had this at a recent tasting I was completely blown away by its massive power. You take a sip and a second later it literally explodes in your mouth, not for the faint of heart or those looking for something light and easy.
The finish is lingering with peat smoke and salty dry white pepper. At first it is faintly bitter but as it dies it goes out with sweet and salty fruits. And it certainly takes its time to do so.