Review: Amrut Rye Single Malt Indian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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Virgin Charred Oak
100% Malted Rye
Distiller Amrut (Bangalore, India)

The first batch of Rye released from Amrut - 100% malted rye from Europe, a “single malt” but of a very different variety. I love rye, and love the different expressions that Canada gives to it which are distinct, or the USA, or European ryes – and given my love for Amrut, I was very curious to see what we come up with here! It was matured in new American Oak Barrels – you can tell, with the (very) dark natural colour. Also, terrific bottle.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2017

The nose is terrific! What I would expect – dried tropical fruits, loads of spice, orange peel, baking rye bread, potpourri, and a light farmy characteristic. Vanilla, and massive oak, too…toasted macadamias, and a touch of dustiness – the first time I’ve had dusty rye not from Canada! The palate is oaky, spicy, and very rich – loads of grain character, battling sweet oak, baking spices, and dried fruit – apricot, dried orange peel, and even a touch of tamarind! The finish is quite fruity, lightly spicy, and a touch tannic (less than I would have expected from the nose!). Very pleasant oaky spices on the end.

Quite nice with just a drop of water in it…it’s not too hot at 50%, but it is intense, flavour wise. It opens up nicely with time. Very nice! I was hoping for a bit more of the incredible complexity and integration of the Intermediate Sherry or cask strength peated versions, but this is still terrific.

I actually would have been quite curious to see what this would have been like as a first fill ex-bourbon rather than new oak. It is incredibly rich, but not as vibrant as some Amruts.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low. At around $200, this would have to be among the best whiskies I’ve tasted for it to get in a higher value category - this stuff isn’t cheap.