I tried a dram of this Indian whisky at the Newcastle Whisky festival back in March and loved it. On slightly wobbly legs, I approached the festival shop at the end of the day and bought a bottle. I even remembered to leave the pub with it later that night - a fact I'm rather proud of considering the state I was in.
Word of advice: don't go to the pub
after a whisky festival. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but
it's not. Trust me.
Now, I took my time with this one as it's a
beefy dram, packed full of flavour and certainly not an every day sipper
- at least, not for my palate.
The 'fusion' in the name comes from the fact that the malted barley used to create the whisky is from both India and Scotland. Nice!
On the nose, huge, heavy fruity notes
dominate, with juicy peaches and nectarine aromas making the mouth water
right off the bat. Let it settle - add a few drops of water - and the
Amrut Fusion starts to evolve and show its true character. Underneath
those rich golden fruit notes, there's also chewy chocolate fudge,
peppermint, fruity flapjacks, dry roasted peanuts, golden syrup, dried
banana chips, hard-boiled travel sweets and barley sugars. This is a
pungent malt you could sit and sniff happily for hours.
around your tongue and those big, beefy flavours match the nose
perfectly. There's a huge oak influence here but it’s peppered with
cinnamon, stewed fruit, thick jam, black tea, treacle, dates and
strawberry bonbons. It also has some herbal notes dancing around, with
hints of cardamom and coriander clearly having a good time. It also has a
good viscosity to it and it coats the mouth beautifully.
is robust - imagine licking a plank of dried oak a few times and you'll
get the same drying effect here (without the splinters). There's also
prickly spices, deep caramel, rich coffee cake and it also carries a
slight bitter note.
As I said previously, this isn't an every day
dram - the dry oaky note tends to dull the senses after a few glasses
but it’s a whisky that would go splendidly with Christmas pudding. After
dinner, don't go for a glass of port, pour this instead. For a non-age
statement whisky, this is a belter. The spirit matures faster in the
cask in the stifling Indian climate so don't worry about it being young -
just dive in!