Review: Amrut Single Cask Peated Port Pipe Indian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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Port Pipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Amrut (Bangalore, India)

Here is an odd one: Indian barley smoked with Scottish peat, matured in a port pipe.

Review (2016)

  • 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.