Sep 19, 2016

Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky...

Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky (50.0%): And the last Amrut sample on my desk this month... Amrut Fusion is an expression from distillery's core range and is a vat of whiskies distilled from Indian malt and Scottish peated malt.

Color: Honey, dark yellow gold.

Nose: Thick and oily... Diesel fuel, ocean spray, brine and ash. Fuel soaked hemp, dirty oakum. New car tires, banana peppers on barbecue and iodine tincture. Cocoa powder, burnt flan, peppermint and cumin seeds. Now this is a nose you can spend a long time with... It is hard to believe that the whisky is so young after all.

Palate: Peat is as present as it was on the nose but more widespread and integrated now... More like a backbone. Nutmeg, milk chocolate, toasted cardamon pods and ground cloves. Slightly burnt peach and nectarine slices on the skillet pie you just took out of the oven... Crunchy malt, red plums and ripe apricots. Gently toasted oak notes you usually get from an old bourbon... Toasted coconut flakes and lightly roasted coffee beans. Seriously tasty palate... Layer after layer after layer. I am really enjoying every drop of this sample now.

Finish: Long and gentle. Peat, sweet fireplace ash, oak, burnt sugar and spiced hot cocoa.

Overall: This is a great whisky... Period... Hard not to be a fan of. A solid bed made of gentle but persistent peat with very elegant cocoa notes. Sweet spices and stone fruits. Now this is a bottle you want to keep in your whisky cabinet permanently. I didn't even think of adding water at 100 proof... Well, next time... I am definitely getting a bottle first time I see one on the shelves. Thanks again to Raj Sabharwal for the sample.

Price: $66

88/100

Sep 17, 2016

Amrut Single Malt Whisky...

Amrut Single Malt Whisky (46.0%): While I am typing these notes a brand new shipment of several Amrut bottlings are about to hit the shelves in stores across the States or maybe they already did. So it felt appropriate to post a couple of Amrut reviews this week: First the flagship of the line-up, Amrut Single Malt...

Color: Yellow gold.

Nose: Malted barley, freshly squeezed orange juice and lemon zest. Honey soap bar, bee wax and wet hay stack. Bitter greens, green almonds and green asparagus. Dried apricots and baby bananas. Young, malty and fruity. Very promising. Although I am not a fan of regional generalizations it really noses like a Lowland Single Malt now. Even just a few drops of water amplified all the citrusy aromas threefold. I kinda miss the honey and vegetal aromas. They got lost. You better skip adding water...

Palate: Pineapple slices, vanilla and lemon meringue pie. Granny Smith apples, white peaches and more barley waiting on the malting floor right after it got soaked in water. Sweet orange and buttered toast. Water didn't work very well on the palate as well. It thinned out the texture.

Finish: Where did this salt come from? Salty, just a little peppery with toasted oak and banana chips. Dry and medium long.

Overall: I like it... Absolutely nothing to complain about. I like how dominant the ex-bourbon cask notes are and I like how young and vibrant the whisky is. Perfect entry level dram for a distillery line-up and also fairly priced... It is a straight forward and honest dram, no gimmicks whatsoever. A good fit for ex-bourbon cask matured whisky lovers like myself. Thanks to Raj Sabharwal for the sample. Amrut Fusion coming next...

Price: 55$

83/100

Sep 14, 2016

Glenglassaugh 36yo...

Glenglassaugh 36yo (41.2%): Now this is a pretty special one... A thirty-six years old whisky from Glenglassaugh Rare Cask Releases. It is distilled in 1978 and bottled in 2015 specially for the 20th anniversary of Whiskyauction.Com from a PX puncheon (R2053/ #2344) which yielded 314 bottles in total.

Color: Dark amber, PX, clover honey.

Nose: Old rug, thick woolen turtleneck sweater that you pull its neck in front of your nose when its freezing cold out... A bowl of ripe fruits topped with thick and dark honey: Bosc pears, honeydew, cantaloupe and damson plums. Apple compote and salted caramel filling. After allowing the glass to air for a while some bourbon aromas evolve: Toasted oak, nutmeg, ground cloves and cinnamon. Definitely noses like it is higher proof.

Palate: A thin texture of whisky covers all your taste buts immediately. Initially tart and dry with fresh blackcurrants, cask aged cider and cooked prunes. Give it a little time in the glass... And all of a sudden voilá..! Ginger and fig jam, sage honey, baked peaches, golden raisins and red plums. Incredible... Wet tobacco, hint of sulphur and that beautiful subtle dry oakiness. Like it wasn't already a magical experience just a couple drops of water add white pepper, old leather garments and Pedro Ximenez vinegar.

Finish: Medium to short. Warming... Framboise Lambic, aged balsamic vinegar and molasses.

Overall: Marvelous whisky... Right when I was thinking that the nose was not delivering exactly 36 years worth of history the palate totally knocked the ball out of the park. Everything you can wish for from an old whisky: Fruity, spicy, oaky, tart and dry. Layers and layers full of goodness... Serene, mature and definitely one to remember for a long time. Stunning cask... Thanks again to Jens Fischer for the sample and for the bottle photo.

Price: €395

93/100