Amrut Portonova

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

Average value

€ 150,00

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431 × member ratings

602 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Amrut Portonova

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.55 points

  1. 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.

  2. keizerjos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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.

  3. penumbra scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Portonova may not be able to get a high score, but what else can I expect at this price? If you go to a bar or drink with someone and don't know what to drink, this can also be a good backup.
    • Nose
      Herbs, soy fat, candied fruits, cranberries, oranges, limes, honey, dried fruits, candied fruits.
    • Taste
      Dried tofu, preserved fruit, vanilla, beehive, beeswax, dried peel.
    • Finish
      Medium, soy, orange peel, oak.

  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. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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 ;)

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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


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