Amrut Distillery is a beverage company which hails from India. Founded in 1948, Amrut is the first distillery to produce a single malt whisky made entirely in India. In 2004 Amrut debuted their whisky to the European market but it wasn’t until 2010 that their single malt whisky really took off. Amrut became world famous after whisky connoisseur Jim Murray raved about Amrut’s single malt whisky in his annual Whisky Bible. Despite the fame of the distillery’s single malt, it only accounts for a fraction of the company’s revenue. The bulk of Amrut’s sales are in brandy, rum, vodka, gin and blended whisky. Nevertheless Amrut is one of the largest world whisky producers outside of Japan and Scotland. Their single malt whisky has continued to gain popularity in recent years and is steadily gaining traction in the US market.
Amrut whisky is made from selected Indian barley grown at the foot of the Himalayas. It is carefully mashed and distilled in small batches to preserve the natural aromas of the barley. The whisky is aged in oak barrels in unique tropical conditions. Amrut is situated at an altitude 3,000 feet above sea level in Bangalore. Due to the humid conditions, the whisky ages quite a bit faster than whisky aged in Scotland. All of Amrut’s single malt whisky is bottled non-chill filtered. Their Peated Indian Single Malt, bottled at 46% ABV, is a part of their core range.
Nose: leather, peat, orange rind, hay, faint vanilla sweetness
Mouth: white pepper, peat, smoky, complex, oaty, buttery, fruit tart
Finish: warming, smoky, some honey sweetness, fruit tea
Verdict: If you’re hesitant about Indian single malt whisky, I recommend that you blind taste this along with a few other scotches. I found that this malt matched up admirably with it’s brethren from Scotland. In fact this dram reminded me of a slightly more fruity Kilchoman Machir Bay. The nose is full of leather, peat, orange rinds and vanilla sweetness. There is a nice complexity to the palate which is a mixture of white pepper, smoke, oats and fruit tart. The fruit tart flavor pleasantly surprised me since I expected this to be a one dimensional peat monster. For the finishing act Amrut Peated ends with smoke, some honey sweetness and a fruit tea aftertaste. I’ll be the first to admit that I did not expect whisky of this quality from Amrut. This whisky is delicious and I wouldn’t mind having an entire bottle to enjoy.
Special thanks to Raj Sabharwal for kindly providing a sample