Amrut Portonova

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
American Oak Barrels / Port Pipes
Batch 01
Number of bottles
62.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
23 Dec 2011 7:13 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 215.00

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486 × member ratings

687 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Amrut Portonova

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 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. Jackson05 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior


    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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. 

  9. 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[+}

  10. 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.


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