- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Single Cask
- Stated Age
- 04 years old
- Number of bottles
- 59.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- Added on
- 11 Jan 2014 5:43 pm by MadMaster
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Whisky Reviews for Amrut 2009
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.60 points
- sweet, fruity, nearly no peat in the nose that only kicked in on the palate but then it really did! Peat and fruity sweetness mingle well, nearly a rum sweetness, dark berries, dark fruit, sugar syrup. finish is all right, long and peat and sweet mingle. the only thing missing is the oak which is not really there and therefore the spices are not there as well. Fine dram, interesting.
- Holy nuggets! #Amrut single cask for the UK that dazzles with purple fruit, stifling peat and immense malt.
Huge nose of rich barbecued purple fruits like plums and grapes.
Date squares and intense malt sweetness in the mouth. Smoke comes on full force with big fruits running behind (more berries this time).
Huge body turns into a monstrous finish, deep fruits and intense smoke with a rich autumn leaves and porridge in the finish.
- Amrut Single Cask #2712 (Port Pipe – Peated)
Next up from the recent three malt run of single casks Amrut has just released for the European market…a peated variant matured in a port pipe.
This isn’t exactly a new idea, but nor is it one that has been executed very often. Amrut’s take on ‘peat and port’ should be rather interesting, simply due to the spicy and exotic character of their spirit. There’s a luciousness of fruit that collides with a smoky, ashy character in marriages of this sort. Something I, personally, find quite appealing, but I concede it can be a bit of a shock to the system for the unprepared.
Before getting to tasting notes however, just a few thoughts on this release…
Port pipes are large vessels. Give or take 500 litres, I believe. The numbers on the packaging (bottle and box) tell the whole story regarding the incredibly unforgiving environmental conditions Amrut is maturing under. 43% of the racked spirit has been lost to evaporation during its four years in the barrel, leaving behind a mere 357 bottles. This evaporation loss is often referred to as the ‘angel’s share’, as most of you will already know, so it’s not hard to see why Amrut has a malt in their stables called ‘Greedy Angels’, huh?
I’ve already lauded Amrut’s attempts at transparency in a previous review of their new PX cask, but I want to reiterate…the clarity of information on these releases is well nigh unprecented. They’re not hiding anything to do with provenance, the youthfulness of their whiskies or the implications of their finances from us. Check out the images of these three bottles (on each of these reviews here on ATW). The labels tell tales of the barley being Indian or Scottish; of the strength of character not to hide behind the shield of an ‘NAS’ brand; and by showing us the loss rate, it’s a little easier to understand Amrut’s pricing tiers (which are entirely reasonable, I would – and have – argue(d).)
All of that aside, this is a really fine single malt. Unmistakeably unique and absolutely worth hunting down. The playful interaction between salty iodine notes and big plummy grape notes are a mouthwatering combination, and leave me lamenting the fact that this dram won’t be making the seafaring voyage to our foreign and exotic shores. Le sigh.
Nose: A lot of really lovely chocolate. A fair bit of peat that manages to stand rather independent of the smoke. Damp ash meets dark earthy soil (very cool nuances here!). Iodine and grape. Fresh orange juice. There’s a dark smokiness, but it’s very juicy, not dry. I can still pick up on that typical Amrut spicy cereal note even through all of the peat and port. Surprisingly creamy with a bit of a vanilla skeleton.
Palate: This is salty dram. One that has a great meaty/sour mix (in an absolutely pleasant tingling sensory way). I love it. Smoked fruits…weird but awesome. A lot of juicy grape and a bit of citrus. This carries a similar profile to the BenRiach Solstice (which I also loved, incidentally), but do note…the Solstice was a fifteen year old whisky…while this is only four!
This is single malt for the forward-thinking. It’s a little outside the norm, and definitely a whisky that will be hard to forget. Hopefully Amrut will consider adding something like this as a part of the core range, or at least something to be released in small batches in an ongoing basis.
- Nose: fruity, cereals, roasted aromas (burnt bread) but somehow hardly any peat perceptible, maybe a little bit in the background. He opens something with water and gets a little sweeter, wiser.
Mouth: strong, herbal liqueur, cough syrup, sweet and spicy. It becomes more pleasant with water, more nutty, spicy, with a slight hint of barbecue.
Finish : sweet, spicy, herbaceous, sticky on the palate, somewhat artificial, sourish, but still peaty. Just a little milder with water.
Conclusion: interesting whisky. Liquid barbecue, very herbaceous, spicy. A little too much sweet spice, or a bit too little peat. Since I like the normal Peated of Amrut better.
- what a surprise - I've never expected
- Amrut knows how to get the best out of portpipes. Very well balanced
- just lovely