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Amrut Single Malt Whisky

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Do... Whisky!

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

15th Mar 2010

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Amrut Single Malt Whisky is created from Indian malted barley that is grown in Punjab and Rajasthan at the Northwestern border of India. Tasting this blind, you might easily take this for a good 10 Year Old Speyside whisky, which provest hat the Indian climate speeds up the maturing process.

The nose is very powerful with oak, milk chocolate, almonds, apricots and spices.

It’s light and fruity on the palate, with barley and coconut.

The finish is medium long with peppers and again the taste of the oak lingers.

This was the unpeated version, mind you, and available for around 30 EUR. Strangely enough, Amrut does NOT sell it’s whisky in India itself…?!

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23 comments

@Connosr
Connosr commented

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9 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Sorry, I was not aware that I was logged out! Thanks.

9 years ago 0

@olivier
olivier commented

I know, I was in Mumbai in December and tried in vain to find one single store that had heard of it (let alone stocked it).

9 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Anyone know why that is? Is it a legal problem? Religious? I was unable to find out.

9 years ago 0

@olivier
olivier commented

Don't think it was religious as there was lots of Scotch single malt available in the stores (as well as non-descript blended Indian brands). One store did mention it was a legal issue in the state of Mharastra (where Mumbai is located).

9 years ago 0

@jdcook
jdcook commented

Sounds good - added to my ever expanding wish-list!

9 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

@jdcook: if ever you only get ONE Amrut, then get the Fusion variety. You'll love that one, I'm sure.

9 years ago 0

@jdcook
jdcook commented

But if I end up buying two, this would be next?

9 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

No, Two Continents would be next :-)

9 years ago 0

@jdcook
jdcook commented

I'm starting to feel like the spanish inquisition:

"The Amrut whiskies to try include but are not limited to..."

Fusion then Two Continents. Cheers @WhiskyNotes!

9 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

See? There you go. The novice vs the connoisseur. I hadn't even heard of the Two Continents. I'll be on the lookout for it. Thanks, Ruben!

9 years ago 0

@Arup
Arup commented

India is the largest consumer of whiskey and other alcohol so its nothing religious, alcohol consumption and merry making with it is mentioned in the oldest of Indian texts, the Vedas which are over 8000 year old mention alcohol consumption by the Gods and Goddesses. Amrut concentrated marketing its scotch to west and according to them, they plan to launch it in India in near future, its now available in Bangalore so if anyone is there, they can check it out.

9 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Thanks for the feedback, Arup. Interesting read!

9 years ago 0

@jdcook
jdcook commented

Very interesting read, cheers Arup.

9 years ago 0

@Jassi
Jassi commented

I was extremely disappointed to learn that the only whiskey to put India on the global map was not available in India. I have an excuse to visit Banglore now.. thanx Arup

9 years ago 0

@Torojima
Torojima commented

jep, no religious limitations in selling whisky in India... If I would compare the quantities of whisky I've drunk by now, the major share has been drunk on Indian soil :D Also my JW Gold Label has been presented to my by my uncle in Mumbai, with whom and a few friends I have tasted a JW Blue Label... I have no idea why Amrut is not selling in the Indian market. I can only imagine the other companies are already divided it amongst them and Amrut wanted to have a steady income from the European market before trying to muscle into the Indian market...

8 years ago 0

@rdx
rdx commented

Amrut has launched it in Goa too and will be shortly launched in Maharashtra too .

8 years ago 0

@Jassi
Jassi commented

Got ma bottle yesterday as my anniversary gift ( I Have the best wife in the world) .. It should be available in mumbai in couple of months !!!

8 years ago 0

francisjtuk commented

I'm living in Bangalore now and can confirm that Amrut is now available here but only 2 varieties - Fusion and Single Malt. This is due to licensing issues around India which can be tiresome. I spoke with a key contact from Amrut today and they are doing their best to increase exposure in India. Its pretty clear for me that with import duties on JW Black label resulting in a Rs4000 (50 quid) price tag that Amrut single malt is where I'm headed (Rs1800) !

7 years ago 0

@AmrutSingleMalt
AmrutSingleMalt commented

Hi everyone, this response is a little late, but as francisjtuk rightly pointed out, our single malts are available in Bangalore. We are also happy to inform you that we have just launched Amrut in Mumbai (bit.ly/AmrutMumbai) and in Goa (bit.ly/AmrutGoa). We will be launching in other parts of India too in the future. Do follow us on Twitter (AmrutMalt)for the latest updates from Amrut Distilleries.

5 years ago 0

@Newkophile
Newkophile commented

Have not opened the bottle yet, but want to add that the version I just picked up at a low $40 price states a 46% ABV, a healthy 6% increase over the bottle initially reviewed in 2010.

5 years ago 0

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