India is making its mark with Amrut and Paul John single malts… so when we were planning an evening exploring different finishes and the Amrut Port Pipe Peated became available, well… we simply had to give it a whirl!
Amrut Port Pipe Peated 48%
- Nose – Well hello peat, smoking pipe, sea salt, apricots, a richness, then as it opened up more, became spicier, smoked meats, some cognac and even sweet candies, apples, give it even more time and there was a whiff of mocha coffee chocolate
- Palate – Spice and peat and sweet combine, heavy and creamy on the tongue, balanced
- Finish – After the 1st sip, the finish was a bit bitter, then a few sips in, the finish was nice long, lazy peat, with sweetness and salt, just hanging around
We thought it a good ‘all rounder.’ Overall… there was something quite ‘desi‘ about this one. We even speculated about tasting besan – the chickpea flour used to make pakoras. Whereas another suggested kebabs picking up on the hint of smoked meats dimension. Yet another called it a solid 4 course meal. Hmm…. were we starting to get hungry?
It was apt though – this is a whisky of substance. What was curious was how the port element was subtle, whereas the peat was predominant.
Certainly this is a whisky you would be proud to call Indian.
And what do the combined Amrut and The Vault folks have to say?
This a single cask release made with a combination of 3 YO Virgin Oak & Ex-Bourbon matured malts that are further aged in the very rare 30 YO Port Pipe cask from Portugal, for another 2.5 years. Whisky aged for 5.5 years in tropical climate like Bangalore, which is 3000 ft. above sea level brings the flavour to its apex profile. The peated malt, imported from Scotland, uses Aberdeenshire peat that delivers well rounded peat notes with only a hint of iodine on the nose and palate.
- Nose: First up is butterscotch wrapped in delicious gentle peat with growing sweetness of honey, and raisins. Thick oak tannins and hints of cinnamon flavoured dark chocolate.
- Palate: The peat has come to life with all the creaminess from raisins and honey. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Cinnamon and chocolate in the background.
- Finish: Ever so long and mouth coating. Peat, citrus and sweetness lingers on with massive salivation and little dryness.
You won’t find this whisky easily…. only 100 bottles were released for sale in Mumbai – launched as part of The Vault Biennale, held in Mumbai February 2019. And if you managed to snag one of those bottles? It would cost you Rs 7,000 / approx $100.
Curious about other Amrut experiences?
- Single Malt, Fusion, Peated
- Bourbon 62.8% (LMdW Trilogy)
- Fever Club (2017) Batch No 1 46%
- Intermediate 57.1%
- Kadhambam 50%
- Portonova 62.1%
- Port Pipe Peated 62.8% (LMdW)
- Spectrum 50%
- 5 year (5-2010/6-2015) 56.5% CS No 3823 Olorosso Sherry, Taiwan Bottle 1/600
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