Amrut created this Rye with European rye and left the spirit to mature for 5 years on American oak. Only 1000 bottles at 50% were released.
The nose is candy-like sweet with lots of tropical fruit. Think mango, pineapple and papaya. There is a good balance between that tropical sweetness on the one hand and clear spicy notes from the rye on the other. Brown bread, toffee apples, hazelnuts, leather and blueberries. Hints of lavender and cigar box. Gingerbread and dried orange peel. Complex, tropical and simply delicious.
Woodspices come first on the palate, followed by the fruity sweetness, albeit somewhat syrupy now. But then, totally unexpected, a big smokiness appears (not peat, but from charred wood). It takes a while to settle and allow some citrus to show itself, mostly of the orange variety. Oriental spices reminds me of the Indian kitchen. Some aniseed makes it somewhat atypical.
The finish is very long on brown bread, lavender and spices.
A classy and very interesting expression from our Indian friends. I am impressed. Around 140 EUR, which is equally impressive, to say the least.