- Brand: Rampur
- ABV: 43%
- Batch: 2108
Rampur single malts are distilled at the Radico Khaitan distillery (est. 1943), nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. The malt is distilled from Indian-grown six-row barley. I picked this one up in Winnipeg, and the bottle has been open for about 9 months.
The colour is a medium amber. Very fruity on the nose with blueberries, black cherry and dark honey. Tons of papaya. Orange blossom. Quite floral. Unfortunately, water lessens the aroma. Sweet but never cloying with lovely fruits.
Equally fruity on the palate with even more papaya, honeydew melon and vanilla custard. Spicy with cloves and star anise. Chardonnay. Herbal and woody. Creamy mouthfeel. Water brings out marmalade and more spice. Very well done.
The long finish is also spicy with nutmeg, and herbal with sage and rosemary. Very easy to drink but full of complexity, yet nicely balanced between the fruit, herbs and spices. Fits right in with Amrut and Paul John as the pinnacles of Indian whisky.