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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Amrut Peated Cask Strength, 62,8%

A peated Amrut bottled at cask strength. It is made with Scottish barley at 23 PPM. Peat, hay and vanilla in the smell. Some burned oak as well.

Mostly alcohol and peat in the taste at first. A bit too much alcohol compared to the peat if you ask me… Some dark flavours is also present, especially burned caramel comes forward in the finish, to name some.

A straight forward dram. Not complicated, but it delivers what is promised – a peated whisky bottled at cask strength! The ‘darker notes’ makes it a bit interesting. I will give this 82/100 (21/20/21/20).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Paul John Peated Select Cask 2016, 55,5%

Review #611
This is batch 01 June 2016. It is, as the name indicates, a peated expression, and the peat is imported from Scotland. Sweet vanilla and peat in the smell. Almost Caol Ila-like. Smokey hay and sweet pears.

A good amount of alcohol and peat mixes in the taste. As the alcohol fades, some vanilla mixes in. Loads of white fruits comes forward in the finish, Crisp apples, but still with a fair amount of peat. Some light citrusy notes in the end.

A fine dram, and if you like sweet peat, this could be a good dram for you. Good thing this is cask strength, as 40% probably would have made this expression quite plain and boring. I will give this 84/100 (21/21/21/21).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Amrut Portonova, 62,1%

Review #610
This is an unpeated Amrut. It is matured in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels, then moved to Port pipes before it is moved back into the ex-Bourbon barrels. Sweet Port and sweet raisins in the smell. Dates and sweet red berries.

A big kick of alcohol at first in the taste, but soon sweet raisins fills your mouth. Dark chocolate, red berries and oak in the finish. Some old leather notes in the end. It stays for a very long time…

The alcohol kick is a bit much, but when the whisky settles, the Port notes really unfolds, and that is truly amazing. Do me a big favour, whether you use water or not, give this some water!! If you do, you will have these great Port notes dominating from start to finish! I will give this 90/100 (23/21/23/23).

Monday, February 12, 2018

Paul John Classic Select Cask (2016), 55,2%

Review #609
This is Batch 01 May 2016. This is unpeated and matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at cask strength. Green grass, white fruits and vanilla in the smell. Sweet pears and just a hint of oak and citrus.

A lot of alcohol overpowering in the taste at first. Then the white fruits comes forward with vanilla and honey sweetness. Some spices comes forward in the finish alongside a bit of oak.

The alcohol is way too dominant for my taste. When the alcohol wears a bit off, some white fruits comes forward and makes the whisky a bit more palateable. I don´t know if there is big batch variation, or if the quality have gone down from the initial batches, but I remember it much better… I will give this 80/100 (20/19/21/20).

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Amrut Single Malt Rye, 50%

Review #608
This is a Single Malt Rye. That means that it is made exclusively with malted rye, European rye that is. It is then matured for 5 years in American oak. Sweet burned caramel, raisins and cherries in the smell.

Burned oak, caramel, toffee and raisins in the taste. Sweet dried dates in the finish, where sugars and oak mixes in beatifully! Overall, the rye and other grains (if not Rye only) leaves a wonderful ever lasting flavour on the palate.

It is not overly complex, but the flavours leaves your palate wonderfully spoiled. It is definitely not the last time I have gone for some Indian rye whisky. I will give this 86/100 (22/22/21/21).

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Amrut Naarangi, 50%

Review #607
Naarangi means orange in Sanskrit. It is matured in an Oloroso cask which was seasoned with wine and (and now to the name) orange peels! It is a 6 year old single malt - 3 years initial maturation before it was matured for another 3 years in this Oloroso cask. Dark orange chocolate in the smell. Dried dates, earth and oak.

A alcohol kick at first in the taste. Oak and oranges with a dash of dark chocolate and coffee. The finish is long and warm, with sweet orange peel (really?!?), oak and dried fruits - especially dates.

It may sound like a Sherry bomb, but it is most definitely not! It just have a dash of all the classic flavours you get from Sherry cask maturation. If you don´t like nauseating orangy sweetness (in the good way…), this is not for you. I will give this 84/100 (21/21/21/21).

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Amrut Kadhambam, 50%

Review #606
Kadhambam means mixture or combination. And now hold on – it is a mix of normal and peated spirit, first matured in ex-Oloroso casks. Then it is transferred into Brandy casks, and for a last period of maturation, into Rum casks. Both the Rum and the Brandy was also produced at Amrut. Sweet raisins, dry oak and some fresh plums in the smell.

A little alcohol burn in the taste. Seems like heavy toasted and/or burned oak. The sweet dried fruits really comes forward in the finish. Burned caramel and oak comes forward as well.

Fun combination of casks. A little impression of everything. Seems like all the casks are burned, even the Oloroso, or maybe it is just the little peat that play some tricks on me. I will give this 85/100 (21/21/22/21).

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Amrut Raj Igala, 40%

Review #605
This is a single malt, made with Punjabi malted barley. It is matured in ex-Bourbon casks. Raj Igala means “King of the Eagles”. Sweet malted barley in the smell. Loads of vanilla and sugars.

A little roughness appears in the taste, but the sweetness is dominant. Vanilla again and a bit of oak and hay. The finish is over a bit quick, and it is mainly just sugars that dies out…

A very mild Amrut, but the finish is a bit too weak and it lacks complexity. Due to the low ABV and the very sweet profile, it would be perfect as a beginner’s whisky though. I will give this 80/100 (19/20/21/20).