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Amrut Peated Cask Strength

Impressive India

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@AlexswedenReview by @Alexsweden

24th Apr 2016

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    93

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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.

Nose

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.

Finish

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.

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8 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Nice review. I looked back at mine and the last comment is from you, saying you were looking forward to opening your bottle...

I have one question for you. Did you try the Ashok manoeuvre? That is, cover and warm the glass with your hand for about 10 minutes. Yes, it's an eternity, and at SOT we had the benefit of Ashok speaking to us to pass the time. After that time he had us nose the whisky and it had transformed.... MAGIC!

4 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

I was not dissapointed..

Well I did try covering the glass and warming the whisky with my palm. I found that it intensified the sweet Spices and also made the alcohol pop a bit more. However I didn't hold it for 10 minutes. I'll make sure to test that next time I find myself with a dram.

Also you might be interested in the batch, there are som scribblings on the bottle. It says: B.NO.20 FEB2015

4 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@Alexsweden great review, I've enjoyed all Amrut I've tried and will see if I can find this one

4 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

Thank you, @Frost. It is well worth an effort!

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Frost you would not be disappointed. I can't speak to this particular batch but #12 was phenomenal. Unfortunately the LCBO had only 1 batch so I can't compare others. I found a bottle of the original batch 1 from 2008 but it will have to be a special day when I open that one...

4 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

Thank you both, it's been fast tracked to my list for essentials

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I have a few years' supply. I'm sure if I visit Australia I will visit Sidney, and if I do I will be sure to check with you first and maybe bring a sample (though I'll have to check out the rules, I know AUS is a bit strict).

4 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@Nozinan that's most kind, if you do make it this far I hope it's for a Tasmanian Whisky adventure

4 years ago 0

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