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Amrut Peated Cask Strength

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@JasonHambreyReview by @JasonHambrey

27th Jun 2018

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I went out and got this whisky after @Nozinan wouldn't stop talking about it. He was right. Batch 12 was awesome. Oddly, I was surprised that it wasn't more peaty - but I'm an Islay lover, so my benchmark is on the high end. All the barley in the whisky is from Scotland, peated to 23 ppm.

The nose is woody, floral (in a dried flower sort of way), vegetal, and peaty with dried fruit and caramel- quite an interesting one here weaving together some very interesting flavor camps. Strong peppermint (like candycanes) too, alongside the rich oakiness. The mintiness, is, in fact, almost like the menthol-like nature of freshly milled green cardamom when amidst the various spices here. But of course we have so much more: dried apricot, dried pear, dried hibiscus, apple seeds, apple sauce, and almost a general mixed bag of spices that all meld together – cloves, cinnamon, saffron (particularly), black peppercorns…This isn't aged long but feels as though it is full of fabulous age - that Indian climate certainly does its work! Not overly peaty, though the earthiness and light smoke are certainly around, especially towards the end of the palate. Complex, interesting, and very nice. With water, it grows a bit, and apple emerges more fully....but I like this one at full strength more. A winner.

I've kept coming back to this, and served it blind at a number of tastings - and it's always impressed. I even served it blind to a whisky writer who's had over 10,000 whiskies and he swore when he found out it wasn't Scottish. Haha! He loved it, too.

By the way, thanks @Nozinan.

Score: 94/100

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11 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Wonderful tribute to one of my favourite single malts!

Out of curiosity, did you try the Ashok Manoeuvre? Warming the glass really brings out the peat, and other wonderful flavours.

4 months ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@JasonHambrey, great review. Yes, Amrut Peated Cask Strength is a keeper.

I hold with nostalgia that I first met @Nozinan at the 2014 Spirit of Toronto, and that we attended the Amrut Masterclass together that night with @talexander.

I've said before and will say again that if I had to be limited to whisk(e)y from 3 distilleries only that those distilleries would be Ardbeg, Amrut, and Buffalo Trace. Yes, I know, Jason, no Canadian distillery in there...but I certainly like Alberta Distilling, Highwood, and the high end out of Hiram Walker, too.

4 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Victor We actually met IN-LINE for the masterclass. That was the best SOT I've been to.

4 months ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Nozinan, yes, I do remember it clearly, that we met prior to the Masterclass, which is why I phrased my post as I did. It was fun for me to introduce you to @talexander, with whom @Dramlette and I had already been drinking for 2 1/2 years by that point in May 2014.

4 months ago 0

@JasonHambrey
JasonHambrey commented

Three distilleries, interesting. My three distilleries would be similar - but I'd swap BT for Four Roses and Amrut for Alberta Distillers (if I can have access to all their rye - column, column + doubler, column + pot). springbank is tempting, though...

4 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Victor No wonder you seemed a little tipsy...2.5 years...a very long session!

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4 months ago 3Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Thanks for the detailed review. I hope to try one of these Indian whiskies someday.

As to the three distilleries, I feel there’s been a thread devoted to that somewhere, but for what it’s worth, right now my picks would be Laphroaig, Hiram Walker (especially if I had an unlimited supply of Dissertation), and Wild Turkey. I haven’t tried a lot of different high end WT expressions, but I think I could be happy drinking Rare Breed as my only bourbon for the rest of my life.

4 months ago 1Who liked this?

@JasonHambrey
JasonHambrey commented

@Nozinan I do tend to warm glasses as a regular part of my tasting process - it really helps, esp. with this one

@OdysseusUnbound yes, Hiram Walker is tempting, especially with all their outstanding limited editions of late (seasoned oak is awesome). But I still can't get enough of Masterson's or Lock, Stock, and Barrel - that Alberta rye is awesome. And they have old corn (and rye) whisky that is the backbone of all HW is doing these days, they just don't release it on its own....Beam Suntory could really leverage them, if they ever decided to look highly upon Canadian products rather than just dumping it into Beam's products (like the recent and sweet Basil Hayden's).

PS I also just reviewed batch 28 on connosr. also awesome

4 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@Nozinan, I was hoping that someone would respond to my double entendre phrasing of "drinking for 2 1/2 years..." Thanks for accepting the invitation.

@OdysseusUnbound, yeah, I thought that you were going to love Rare Breed. I could easily live with Rare Breed as my only bourbon too.

4 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@OdysseusUnbound I just left the last of my second opened bottle with @Victor on my trip. The only place I know where it can be found now is Alberta (still reasonable price - ~$100 for an awesome whisky)

You've given me a great excuse to open my next bottle!

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