Amrut Madeira Cask Finish and Amrut Naarangi
Two Indian single malts with a special finish
Amrut whisky has become a well-established single malt worldwide. Whether peated or unpeated, matured in Bourbon or Sherry casks – the Indian distillery follows the Scottish way of producing whisky and this also includes finishing. The latest result has just been presented proudly and is launched these days on several markets: Amrut Madeira Cask Finish. But in Bangalore the whisky makers also love to experiment and create very special products. For some years the Amrut Naarangi has been part of the Amrut portfolio now and a new batch has just been released in Europe. The remarkable single malt was finished in Oloroso Sherry casks that had before been flavored with orange peels.
Amrut Madeira Cask Finish
Only 4.800 bottles were launched worldwide of this Amrut that was finished in Madeira casks. Those casks had been chosen by the Amrut team that went to Portugal for this purpose. After the casks had been brought to Bangalore they were filled with Amrut Single Malt Whisky (it’s not unveiled how old this whisky was) for an aromatic finishing. Amrut says they set great value upon creating a well-balanced whisky with a noticeable but not dominant Madeira note.
Producer’s tastingnotes (written by Ashok Chokalingam):
Nose: Almond (perhaps Marzipan) wrapped up in Toffee, Coconut shavings and complemented by Vanilla pods and Golden syrup.
Palate: Almond cake, sweet Orange, Toffee with a fruity tease, velvety. You hesitate to swallow the whisky as the middle ground is so palatable.
Finish: Citrus finish with a hint of Toffee and a refreshing end.
Naarangi is Hindi for „orange“ and this fruit has a distinctive influence on this single malt’s aroma. Oranges are used to prepare the finishing casks: Oloroso Sherry casks are not only filled with sherry, but also with orange peels and rest there for at least two years. After that time when the casks have absorbed the aromas, they are emptied and filled with Amrut Whisky that is three to four years old. The whisky then is matured for three more years and bottled with 50% ABV.
Tasting Notes, taken from the Amrut website
Nose : Lightly toasted oak. Orange peel (duh). Dry leaves. Rich sherry. Chocolate. Mint leaf. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Jute bag. Vanilla. This is a super rich nose and the orange is quite prominent, though, thankfully it does not overpower. Amrut noses are seldom flawed and neither is this one.
Taste : Good weight. Nice body. Coats the mouth with chocolate. Cinnamon. There’s that orange again. But more of an orange cake this time. Oak. Black pepper. Ginger. This is a nice twist. Makes me want to bust out my Compass Box Orangerie and conduct a head to head. This ticks just the right amount of unusual for me.
Finish : Extremely long. Oily. Lip smacking cinnamon. Best of part of the experience.
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