||100% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Amrut (Bangalore, India)|
Here is an odd one: Indian barley smoked with Scottish peat, matured in a port pipe.
Batch: Portpipe/2712 filling: Jan 2011, bottling: Feb 2016, one of 660 bottles
Bottling Code: Above
Bottling Date: 2016
Really interesting notes on the nose – dried orange, spicy barley, cinnamon, anise seed, and vanilla. Light creaminess throughout. The combination of the berry-like port, with a bit of oxidation, is really interesting with the peat. Really interesting spices – green peppercorn. Rich oak and biscuits really come out on the undiluted at CS.
The palate is fruity, spicy, and smoky – still quite dry. It’s an odd mix – lots of stewed fruit as well, but it doesn’t quite come together despite having a set of solid flavours. The dried fruit (surprisingly bright) sits above, the peat underneath, and the spices oddly in the middle. The finish is tannic and spicy, with a touch of sweetness and cacao. The spices are sweet – in line with cinnamon and star anise.
Interesting, and integrated, but lacking balance
Value: Low. It’s interesting, but I’m not crazy about this for $90.