As the name suggest, this Indian malt was finished on port casks, albeit after an initial maturation on both refill bourbon casks and new American oak. In fact, after the finish on port pipes, it was returned to bourbon casks for a final finish. It was launched in 2011. The experiment – if you can call it that – yielded only 270 bottles – at a whopping 62.1% ABV.
The nose bursts with fruit like figs, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. This is quickly joined by chocolate, leather and something like chewing tobacco. Clearly the port pipe was quite active! Strangely enough, I am reminded of a good rum after a few moments, with banana flambéed, crème brûlée and some hazelnuts. Very fragrant. It turn a touch herbal with water, but never loses the fruity sweetness – au contraire!
Sturdy arrival, but not scorching. Oily and rich on the palate, but the influence of the port cask is now even more pronounced. The Indian spices are present: curry, cardamom, ginger and… ketchup. Lovely fruitiness though. Tobacco and leather lurk around the corner. With a spoonful of water, it opens up beautifully: tropical fruit, joined by spices and chocolate.
The finish is fairly long – no surprise – and keeps the spices going, while the red fruit slowly takes over.
Impressive release by Amrut, that keeps surprising (does it? Are we not yet used to this?) with its excellent malts.
It's hard to pick a favourite Amrut, because I rarely have enough of my top expressions open at the same time to compare.
This was the second or third Amrut I tried and I really enjoyed it. I tasted from Batch 1. What batch was this?
I have a couple of bottles stashed away. I am waiting for the guy who beat me in the 2015 election to come over to open one. Port-matured whiskies are his favourite, and I'm sure this would blow him away.