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

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American Oak and Port Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Amrut (Bangalore, India)

This whisky, in some batches at least, receives some of the highest scores that I see in whisky. The whisky is unpeated, aged in american oak barrels (new and ex-bourbon) before being finished in port casks for a few months and then dumped back into ex-bourbon casks to marry before bottling. It isn't aged long, like most Amrut whiskies, only about 3 years before finishing.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: 5

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Amrut is wonderful at cask strength. Grape, corn husks, fruity malt, raisins, prunes, and loads of maraschino cherries, and oak…quite a brilliant nose. A bit of toffee with time. Very concentrated at cask strength – the aromas – time softens them nicely. The grain is a bit earthy – I quite like it when that side of the barley is highlighted, and it is wonderful here. The palate is full of stewed fruit, with quite a bit of barley showing too, especially just before the finish before it is concentrated. The end shows quite a bit of dried fruit to it as well – full of flavour. And lots of toffee. Nutmeg and cinnamon on the finish too. High quality stuff, though not as captivating as the peated CS version I had earlier. Not too many port monsters that you see nowadays…this is quite beautiful, restrained, yet full of flavour. Some batches, I’ve heard, are quite unbelievable.

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

Value: Low. A good whisky, it came to me by $150. Perhaps a better batch, or if I liked it as much as some of my friends, might push it into the “average” category.