Amrut Portonova

Overall rating
86.64/100
votes
512
Whiskybase ID
WB28390
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
10.2011
Casktype
American Oak Barrels / Port Pipes
Casknumber
Batch 01
Number of bottles
720
Strength
62.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
8901193600003
Added on
23 dec 2011 7:13 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 191.50

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Whisky reviews for Amrut Portonova

36 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.64 points.

  1. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In any case, interesting material and a nice change. If you can cope with the spiciness, you can have fun here and look forward to a refreshingly different game of flavors.
    But the price is a bit excessive.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Diluted to 52%. The alcohol stings quite a bit in the nose at first. As the warmth increases, it gets better.
      In any case, a fun potpourri: Pickled plums, anise, grapefruit, orange, cinnamon, mulled wine, gummy bears.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sharp and slightly oily. Orange, some vanilla, anise, cinnamon, grapefruit and again gummy bears.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length. Vanilla, oak seasoning and prunes with wine gum remain.

  2. Ethanol scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    It combines power as well as complex and exotic fruit notes in a unique way

  3. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Typically spicy, but very tasty amrut.
    • Nose
      Clove, star anise, camphor, plum, cinnamon, baked apple, plum, pecans, ginger, herbal honey
    • Taste
      Baked apple, pear with cinnamon, camphor, nutmeg, candied ginger, honeydew melon, toffee, marzipan
    • Finish
      Christmas stollen, anise, ginger, nutmeg, medium length

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Sample.

    A lot of hype when these hit the scene. In hindsight it represents a new era of whisky maturation. Big in your face flavours in a short amount of time.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Monolithic. It reminds me of a bourbon in its simplicity. Herbal, black licorice, cherry cola.
    • Taste
      78 78
      It’s sweet but not overly so. The wood is front and Center. Spicy oak, chilies, cherry, cola, even fizzy. My least favourite aspect is the palate.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Herbal, dirty red berries, chilli chocolate, drying. It’s very modern and forced. Nothing subtle about it.

  5. keizerjos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The scent is nothing short of spectacular. Sweets stall at the fair, fresh waffles, popcorn, sugar peanuts, hot and fresh, get them now! It is really too strong to drink. With some water the scent becomes more spicy and the star anise appears, say more Amrut. Dry, soft, spicy, oriental, sweet. Comforting class whisky for a great price.

  6. penumbra scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Portonova may not have a high score, but what else can you expect at this price point? If you go to a bar with someone or hack a wine and do n’t know what to drink, this can also be a good backup.
    • Nose
      Herbs, soy butter, preserved fruits, cranberries, sweet orange, lime, honey, dried fruits, preserves.
    • Taste
      Dried beans, preserved fruits, herbs, honeycomb, beeswax, dried peel.
    • Finish
      Medium length, soy, orange peel, oak.

  7. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Many thanks to Leon from the Malt Mariners for this tip! Tried at a tasting in the open bar and immediately fell in love. It's amazing what Amrut delivered here. The 62.1% are noticeable, but very well integrated, which is even possible without water. An intensity that is rarely found, combined with quite a high level of complexity and an incredibly long finish. My surprise of the year and one of the top 3 that I was able to taste in 2019 (mind of around 100 in total). Clear recommendation and a shame that it can no longer be found on the market.
    With 93 points also one of the best ratings on my part in the base (my average of all ratings is 80 points).
    In-depth notes will follow as soon as / if I could conquer a bottle again. I will try.

  8. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity and complex.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Neat: The port is immediately noticeable on the nose, along with a sense of the distillate's power. Not alcoholic per se, but *strong*. Boozy fruits (punch-soaked strawberries and tangerines), some spices (cloves, a bit of nutmeg) and whiffs of creamy vanilla on a bed of fudgy caramel. Really quite nice, even if I don't care too much for the winey top notes. I'm particularly surprised that there's no alcoholic sting; would've expected this to nose a bit rougher.
    On the palate, this starts woody and sweet, then turns juicy and even sweeter, before the wood spices make a comeback and some heat develops toward the death, unsurprisingly so, given the ABV. In the taste, you find everything that was already in the nose, plus some acacia honey and floral elements (buttercups?). Rather alright, but it seems a bit curtailed / rushed and in need of water.
    With water: Now the honey is detectable on the nose as well. Veeeery creamy and sweet. Perhaps some blackberries now, along with some maple syrup. Come to think of it, this is becoming rather pancake-y as a whole...
    Oof! In the mouth, the sweetness increases exponentially with water. This is a bit much; feels as if it's coating your teeth with a layer of liquid sugar. Perhaps even more water will help? Yes, that's better. The spices are pushed to the fore now, which is nice. Still some residual heat, though. The more water you add, the more the Bourbon oak comes out, gingery, sweet, and giving off a rather first-fill impression.
    On the whole, an interesting exercise. I have to say that in the end and with plenty of water, I could see what they were going for here: the Bourbon and the Port elements do fit quite well with each other. However, their central common denominator is sweetness and the typical spiciness of highly active oak (ginger, cloves, nutmeg and all the other Bourbon hallmarks), which creates a pretty in-your-face impression. Could be more subtle, is what I'm saying, but I guess that's what people are looking for in the high-powered, pressure-cooker maturation that you get from tropical savanna climate. A substantial offering, I'd say, and well worth your time if you like your whisky full-bodied, sweet and intense. Or if you like Bourbon ;)

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Banana Flambéed

    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.

  11. oppi scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    For a NAS whisky very full and complex. Fruit and chocolate. A lot of chocolate ... Men's chocolate

  12. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. waal scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Amrut Portonova, Batch 17, 62.1% Batch 1 -> WID: 28390 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/.../amrut-portonova #WagnerAlexTastingNotes The single malt from India which matured in former American oak barrels and was subsequently allowed to ripen in former port wine barrels presents itself as slightly oily and with coppery color in the glass. Aroma: At the beginning one notices clearly the strong alcohol content. This passes but and subsequently nothing is heard of it. The port wine barrels have done their duty and it smells of juicy and fruity berry mix. The slight sweetness and heaviness of the malt conceals a hint of vanilla and strawberry. As already mentioned - the alcohol is now completely gone. Taste: Grape juice, which uses oily malt to cover the mouth with sweet malt. A slight counterpoint is the light spiciness on tap. Do I have berry concentrate in the glass or 62.1% alcohol? finish: Only at the beginning really cute is the single malt after medium time but a bit dry with light floral notes. The port is omnipresent. A few minutes later, one suspects the very likely young age of the malts. However, this does not affect the positive overall impression in any way. Comment: A fruity, fresh and lively single malt from India, which certainly needed a minute or two in the glass but convinced me very much. Who appreciates tasty whiskys with a finish in the port keg will not be disappointed here. Top! ... or: Those who like the Ardmore Port Cask Finish will also like this Indian here! Only just that there is no smoke here Points: 87/100

  14. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a very good dram, takes  a lot of water to make it drinkable, very good value.
    88/100
    • Nose
      the port influence is very strong, rather winey and fruity on berries and cherries, german rumtopf.also hints of nuts and leather. dust.
    • Taste
      with water: even diluted with a big, slightly aggressive attack, very fruity, juicy mouthfeel.
      a few pleasantly dirty notes with dust, tobacco and leather.
    • Finish
      medium to long, very clean and still fruity

  16. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, complex, and wonderful dram. Very well made. 
    • Nose
      Sweet grape, port, dark honey, red fruit, macerated strawberries. 
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival, full and complex. Baking spice, dark honey, port, and red fruit. 
    • Finish
      Long and sweet. Port, honey, and some mild baking spice. 

  17. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Powerful and rich, but very straightforward, the "one-dimensional" mole is not devoid of, however, a certain charm and depth. Something common, in nuances, characteristic spicy tones, is seen with the Taiwanese Cavalan - apparently the effect of aging in a warm climate.
    • Nose
      Open, spicy wood heated by the scorching sun, wine notes, wood dust, raisins; Adding water negatively affects the aroma, closes it.
    • Taste
      A powerful, raisin-wine, peppery wave, then spicy-woody, slightly astringent, again raisins, burnt sugar. With water added burning ginger notes and a more smooth opening of the fragrance in time, the rest of the components are unchanged.
    • Finish
      Spicy, wine-raisin, orange peel, almost an exact copy of taste.

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: Floral-sweet port wine & fruit cake notes.
    T: Heathery-sweet & medicinal=tincture bourbon-sweet with notes of biscuit ginger & grapefruit pith. 
    F: ,... keeps on going a little while, with tasty raisins to finish.
    C: A great example of how good Amrut has become. Still currently available for reasonable dosh £83 TWE [May '17] Ok so its only a 5yo, but you're paying for that superb third-refill Port pipe that contained some 80yo port. With only 720 bottles coming from it, who knows if Batch #2 will live up to Batch #1 and whether indeed there will be another batch. If you like it, buy it now is my advice [to myself]. Scores a B[+}

  20. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. mothers_finest scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    I just do not understand this hype.
    Faster ripening due to other climatic conditions, ie fast aroma intake from the barrel is nice and good - but the whisky just does not have the time to reduce its sharpness, or to mate with these flavors and mature.
    As a Portwood fan I found this one stinging, bitter and immature.

  22. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      alcohol, caramel, some wood, forest fruits and some tropical fruit. Spoke smoke in the distance.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly soft. Warm, spicy, cinnamon, pepper. Also fruity, dried fruit and pickled fruit. Apple, Tuti fruti, sherry and it reminds of stew pears. Further oil / creamy taste
    • Finish
      Long, spicy and dark fruit.

  23. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: Port pipes have mixed success in my experience but when they work, they really work - and when they fail,…. This works! The sugar-complex raisins and figs lure me in straight away, also some meatiness and a port sandwich - ha, thats going in the cookbook. I’m so ready for this, I’m diving in.
    T: Fine arrival, becoming woody and peppery coupled with more port=sherry delights. A tad tannic but with the grape-quality firing on all cylinders like an intense armagnac on a mission, this is joy to drink - watered down a tad.
    F: Turns to more of a PX finish, chocolatey too. Works a treat.
    C: Ive read a few differing stories about the Portonova. From the horses mouth, Ashok Chokalingam - he said that the Portonova spent short runs in 1st and 2nd fill US casks. Then crucially it would seem, it spent some time in a 3rd fill port pipe that had contained port of some 80 years old. As a result, Amrut have managed to create a whisky with the illusion of age [quite a feat for a 5yo] and in reality a complex and delicious whisky at the same time. What a result!

    Scores a B[+]

  25. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Serge says:

    Amrut ‘Portonova’ (62.1%, OB, 2011)
    This baby was first matured in both refill bourbon and new American
    oak, then reracked into first fill Port pipes and then put back into
    bourbon casks. Colour: amber. Nose: starts on figs, chocolate and
    raspberry jelly, with an unexpected sherriness that translates into all
    kinds of dried fruits here, mainly sultanas and figs. In the background,
    a little leather, angelica, touches of cigarette tobacco… The whole is
    rounded and pretty smooth despite the high strength. Very nice notes of
    fresh parsley as well. With water: beautiful spiciness, with touches of
    white rum, bananas flambéed and always that fresh fruitiness that lifts
    the whole (raspberries). Mouth (neat): round, oily, very coating, much
    more unusual than on the nose. Starts with jelly beans, fructose,
    blackcurrants… I think the Port is louder than on the nose but it works
    very well, especially since it’s anything but winey. Behind that, the
    ‘Indian’ side, with some curry (yes), cardamom, ginger… With water:
    Amrut’s trademark fruitiness shines through (the tropics!), together
    with a little dark chocolate and all the spices. Finish: long, with
    these raspberries playing with the spices and a sweet, gingery
    aftertaste. Comments: probably less ‘Scotch-bourbon’ than the ‘naked’
    Amruts, and rather more experimental so to speak, but I think the Port
    was tamed. Another experiment that worked very, very well, it seems.
    This baby earned very high Silver at the MM Awards 2011 (remember, 100%
    blind tasting) and the Best Cask Innovation Award (Premium). SGP:651 – 89 points.

  27. Doctor B. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. yoparachatta scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Quite flawless really, which makes this really good value. I like how the wine blends with the biscuity Amrut flavor. I hope they make this for this price for a long long time.
    • Nose
      Butter biscuits, raisins, dried plums, candied dates, port wine (obviously). Digestives with plum juice.
    • Taste
      Boom. Works really well at full strength, or with a bit of water for some subtlety. Big juicy sherry taste with some spices and hints of citrus.
    • Finish
      Juicy and fruity rather than very oaky, very clean (no sulfur whatsoever).

  29. molar3rd scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose – Sweet golden syrup, quite a few winey notes here, tannins flying high. exotic fruit in liquor : banana bread.

    Palate: Big fortified wine, port. a lot of coconut, spices, banana and milk chocolate. This is a luscious mouth coating beast.

    Finish : Milk chocolate, cherries (think Kirsch liquor)

    All in all, an excellent dram, one of the best from Amrut in a while. It’s a wham bam in your face sort of dram. Worth getting, and at that high ABV, it’s a wonderful way to pass winter.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2011/12/04/tasting-the-new-amrut-portonova/

     

     

  30. Luhmi scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  31. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Figs, sultanas, chocolate, sweet, tobacco
    • Taste
      Spicy, fruity (bananas, berries), chocolate, sweet 
    • Finish
      Long, raspberries, spicy

  33. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    interesting but slightly disgusting profile
    • Nose
      Fruity, spicy,
    • Taste
      very fruity, almost disgusting
    • Finish
      average

  34. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I've tried to warm up to this whisky but I just don't care for it. The spiced notes don't work for me. This is the third Amrut I've tried. I think it will be my last. I'm going to spend this year focusing on bottles from my favorite Scottish distilleries in the Highlands, Campbelltown, the Islands, and Islay.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  35. alectron scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      massive amount of dried fruits, tannic, forrest leaves, winegums, pleasant oak, powdery/mealy. (90)
      Later: turning less tannic & looses some of its' depth, a bit one dimensional sweet now, but very pleasant at that with some juicy raspberries & fresh red plums, fresh pasrty, also some faint spices in the back, curry, cumin. (88)
      W water: sweeter & less savoury spicy, red apple & plum shisha tobacco. Can't hide its' youth, but very pleasant (91)
    • Taste
      alc noticeable, some raisins but less than expected after the nose, spicy cinnamon, cardamom & cloves, various pastries, red grapes, a tad yeasty, some ginger. (88)
      W water: less spicy than before, sweet, pleasant, but feels like it holds back quite a bit now...(85)
    • Finish
      turning sweeter, hefezopf/sweet brioche, tannins coming up after a bit, more dried fruits & port in a very good way, oak comes through as well, but all in nice balance & length. (90)
      W water: oh, here we go, very slow developing finish, going into very pleasant sweet malt notes, slightly tannic & massive dried fruits, the whole buffet of juicy raisins, plums as well as a few unusual ones, slowly blending into more spices & tannins from the wood, also some tobacco notes, pastry again. (91)

  36. Furtia scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. I_SPEY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The nose is fruity with chocolate, some coconut and toffee and pepper. The palate is fruity, with bananas, cinnamon and spicies. The finish is medium long and fruity. Very nice whisky!

    Thanks V

  38. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    As well as celebrating the success of their Fusion malt at the Spirit
    Business Awards this month, India’s Amrut Distilleries have released
    their latest limited edition single malt, the Amrut Portonova.
    Portonova is an unpeated Amrut single malt matured initially in a
    combination of new American oak and ex-bourbon barrels before being
    transferred to once-used Port pipes for a further year. The malt was
    then finished back in ex-bourbon casks.
    In his latest Whisky Bible, Jim Murray describes Portonova as
    “outrageous”, adding: “I have never come across such a flavour profile
    before anywhere in the world. But my word: what a statement this makes…
    unique.”
    The Portonova has also already picked up the Best Cask Innovation title at the Malt Maniacs awards 2011.

  39. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This release is a port version of Amrut’s Intermediate Sherry, a sort
    of port pipe sandwich. The spirit is matured in both unused casks and
    bourbon casks, then spends a few months in port pipes, and then returns
    to bourbon casks. The result is a Pink Floyd show of a whisky: vibrant,
    colorful, complex, and nearly too much. A blackcurrant and wispy, smoky
    nose gives way to an intense and bittersweet mix of chili, blackcurrant,
    oak, damson, dark chocolate, and peat. Astounding.

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