||Ex-bourbon, virgin oak, sherry casks|
||100% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Amrut (Bangalore, India)|
Here we have a sherry monster, but it isn't a "finished" whisky in the traditional sense - it's part of Amrut's tendency towards mad casking....it is whisky which starts in ex-bourbon and new barrels, is transferred to sherry casks for a year (and perhaps port?), and then transferred back into ex-bourbon casks. Hence "intermediate" sherry.
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2015
Really nutty and biscuit-y on the nose. Sharp, spicy, and woody (this is a dark whisky!), and very interesting – berries, and loads of nuts of a different sort than I am typically accustomed with whisky – brazil nuts – chocolate, green cardamom, marmelade, raisins, and rich tea biscuits.
The palate is incredible – rich and chewy, with a nice set of barley-driven earthiness and loads of rancio! Finishes with lots of dried fruits, spice, and rancio. Full of flavour. Marmelade, brazil nuts, dried apricots, raisins, almonds, currants. Wow. Has quite a bit of structure with all the wood involved and the light tannins. The finish is full of rancio, currants, dark chocolate, malty beer and burnt wood. A touch of matchsticks, too.
Quite different than portonova, which is a bit more malt driven and fruity (fresh, as opposed to dry). But, bigger, more flavorful, and more complex. I like it more.
Terrific whisky from Amrut.
Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: High. If you can find this for $100, as I did.