Kategoriarkiv: India

Amrut Naarangi

ABV: 50 %
Origin: India
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. The orange peel fruitiness dominates the nose from the start. It sits on a sweet and soft berry layer. There’s vanilla and a touch of aromatic oak as well. When it settles in the glass the orange peel gets a bit less powerful but it never seems to merge with the sweetness. There are assorted dried fruits added to the mix as well. The distillate becomes more noticable and it’s a rather nice and well made base but it just creates a third individual layer. The whole thing sort of feels like a layered cocktail. This is a nice nose overall though.

Mouth: It starts out with a big sweetness and it’s quite spicy on initial impact. The orange peel and the oak mixes and the whole thing becomes a weird aromatic concoction which almost resembles cedar wood. There’s cinnamon and other baking spices as well. It becomes somewhat bitter after a while which makes the whole thing even weirder. It’s not unpleasant, it just tastes very unorthodox. It feels quite young and spirity which doesn’t help it along.

Finish: A small surge in ABV spicyness gives a much needed rest from the plathora of layered flavours on the palate. When it calms down the Oloroso sherry finally becomes recognizable with the mix of dried fruits in the forefront. There’s still a fresh and slightly bitter orange peel note but it seems to have let go of the other flavours which is a good thing. The oakiness is pretty anonymous on its own though. This is a decent but very weird whisky. It’s interesting in itself, but it’s not the best tasting whisky out there.

Additional information
This whisky is first aged for 3 years in undisclosed casks and then finished for another 3 years in casks which previously held Oloroso sherry with orange peels.

Rampur Indian Single Malt

ABV: 43 %
Origin: India
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dill pickle juice. It’s very acidic and it takes a long time to open up. There’s a strong vanilla note, toffee and a sugar sweetness. Green apples and grapes appear after some time in the glass. There’s a hint of black liquorice around the edges. After a while some milk chocolate appears.

Mouth: It also tastes like dill pickle juice. There’s anis, sugar, dust and a herbal spicyness. The green apples and the grapes is residing in the background. It’s extremely astringent and acidic and it’s very oak forward. It almost feels and tastes like a mild rye.

Finish: After an initial herbal spice burst, some vanilla, anis and liquorice root comes through. It’s bitter and unpleasantly astringent. The dill pickle juice comes back and just won’t go away. The oak is over the top in the end. It gets way better after opening up in the glass, but it’s very strange for a single malt.

Additional information
Rampur Distilllery is the former name of the Radico Khaitan. This whisky is produced, and matured in bourbon casks, in Uttar Pradesh near the Himalaya and is the first single malt released by the distillery.

Paul John Bold – Peated

ABV: 46 %
Origin: India
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a warm peatiness coming through with hay, campfire smoke and a savory note coming from the back. There’s honey and vanilla covering the peat. There’s also a medicinal iodine note coming through. After a few seconds a thin veil of unidentifiable fruitiness becomes detectable. This is a very straight forward, slightly uninteresting nose.

Mouth: It starts out with the peatiness filling up the edges and a spicyness with a young distillate in the center with lemon, wet cardboard and a metallic note. The sweetness is subdued and sits near the peat on the edges. It’s quite bitter in the background with hints of coffee and the medicinal side to it remain.

Finish: The peatiness subsides rather quickly and leaves a bitter oakiness in the middle. There are still notes of the distillate coming through with mainly cardboard and the metallic note, which is becoming more and more noticable as the finish progresses. There’s still a medicinal iodine note and after a few seconds there’s a toothpaste note somewhere on top. The peatiness return in the late finish but it really can’t make up for the rather bad finish. This is not a great whisky by any means. It’s peaty, but it’s not especially bold.

Additional information
This expression was released in 2015 as a core range whisky. It’s made with indian barley smoked with islay peat. The PPM level is 25. It’s aged in first and second fill ex-bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Paul John Oloroso – Select Cask

ABV: 48 %
Origin: India
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and spicy oak. At first there’s a massive thick, sweet and dark fruitiness with raisins, overripe plums and black coffee liqueur with a fresh aromatic oakiness within. It takes a while for it to settle and actually become a whisky since the sherry finish is overpowering everything and creates an air tight sealed lid above the distillate. After a while cinnamon and vanilla start to come through around the edges. This is a nice and powerful nose but it lacks depth because all the power sits on top.

Mouth: It starts out with a fresh lemon backdrop and dark bitter coffee notes up front. There’s blueberries, black grapes, raisins and cocoa powder in between. The lemon notes really push through with time. There’s a chili spicyness as well. It feels very fruity due to the sour lemon but it still has a very dark character and a massive sherry impact on top. This creates depth and makes it more interesting than the nose suggests. It becomes somewhat astringent after a while.

Finish: It starts out with the chili spicyness increasing in intensity. When it dies down it reveals a tropical fruitiness hidden within with notes of pineapple and mangos. The darker notes are now more leaning towards coffee and the darker fruitiness is residing. The aromatic oakiness returns and it’s a very nice freshly planed oak. This is a great whisky and a massive sherry bomb. It lacks some complexity due to the thick sherry lid which makes the fruity nice distillate a disservice.

Additional information
This expression was aged 5 years in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished for 2 years in ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Amrut Fusion

ABV: 50 %
Origin: India
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded so only the impression is given.

Additional information
It’s called fusion because it’s made from a mix of 75 % unpeated indian barley and 25 % peated scottish barley. The two varieties are distilled separstly and aged for four years. After the initial maturation they are put together to marry for 3 months. it’s aged in both old and new american oak barrels.