Amrut 5, Bourbon Barrel - ARCHIVED$115.00
This cask bottling, distilled in December 2009, spent five years maturing in a first fill bourbon barrel. It was bottled at cask strength in March of 2015 at 62.8% ABV. Cask #2635 yielded only 162 bottles.
Our tasting notes are as follows:
Color: Green flecked gold
Nose: Fruits to the fore: balanced and crisp tropical fruits with tangerine skin behind then warming to golden syrup and agave nectar, with ground allspice, a touch of whole peppercorn and cereal grain rounding out the nose
Palate: Silky mouthfeel with grilled pineapple and tangerine zest then pronounced tamarind, candied fennel seeds, and a touch more ground allspice
Finish: Drying and peppery to the rear of the palate while remaining juicy and fruity to the middle and front, note the lingering cereal and aniseed notes
On the label: Balanced fruit and cereal aromas lead to ground allspice, tamarind and candied fennel seeds on the palate transition to a long, peppery finish.
Founded in 1948, the Amrut distillery in Bangalore, Southern India began distilling malt whisky in the mid-1980s. While most of the malt whisky distilled goes into blends, the Amrut single malt brand was launched in 2004. With summer temperatures in Southern India crossing 100F the spirit matures very quickly. The angel's share for Amrut is 10-16% annually (compared with Scotland's 2% average!). As a result, young Amrut tastes much older than the age statement might suggest.