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The Amrut Legend

“According to legend, the Gods and Rakshasas fought each other in a tug of war using the mythical snake “Adishesha” as a rope. The snake was tied round a golden mountain in the ocean. During the battle, a pot containing a divine liquid arose from the churning waves. This liquid was named ‘Amrut’ and was believed to give eternal life to whoever drank it. The Gods were victorious and took possession of the ‘Amrut’, thus vanquishing the evil Rakshasas. Centuries later the name ‘Amrut’ meaning the ‘Nectar of Life’ in Sanskrit was given to our company, by our founder as a mark of all good things in life” – Amruit Distillery. The casks used are mainly ex-bourbon and interestingly due to the severe climate in Bangalore, the Angel’s share during maturation, is between 12% and 15% as opposed to around 2% in Scotland. Bearing in mind that maturation is much faster and intense in India. this would mean that a storage period of longer than four years is virtually impossible……… Amrut Indian Single Malt 46% Ripe bananas, vanilla, malted barley, citrus, sweet lemon and cardamom. Initially vanilla, rich seville marmalade then chillied barley and oak on the palate, drying on the finish. A dash of water brings out more of the spice, ginger, boiled sweets and then strawberry ice lolly emerges. The palate has sweetened up and oils the tongue, the chilli note now more peppery, the oak lingering. A dram that develops exquisitely and is beautifully balanced. 90 Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt 46% Batch No: 07 Bottled: June 2010 Surprisingly, seaweed steeped in brine with a coating of vanilla, smoky oak, shellfish, candied fruits and blackcurrant pastilles. Initially, oily vanilla on the tongue then tar, a slight rubbery note, then big peat with a chilli pepper finish, developing to a lingering TCP congener. Water opens up the surgical sweetness beautifully, honeyed antiseptic, caramel and toffee deeper down. On the palate the sweet and peat ratches up a notch or two but softens the peppers with a toasted, tarry dryness lingering. 93 Amrut Fusion Single Malt 50% Batch No: 05 Bottled: January 2010 Jasmine, then the sweetest, richest mix of soft brown sugar, vanilla, barley, oak, allspice, citrus and caramel. A nose that is truly so sublime it took 20 minutes before I got near the taste of this unique liquid. The palate packs a massive punch of sweet orange barley initially then a powerful ‘Oh My God’ mix of stewed spiced fruit, rumtopf, charred oak and peat smoke drying delectably at the finish. A spot of water sweetens even further bringing forth more peat and a lingering (forever) smoky finish. This is one of the finest, most complex whiskies I have ever tasted. 96
Compass Box The Spice Tree First Release Vatted Malt 46% Stollen cake, allspice, barley dipped in a honeypot, citrus, cardamom, nutmeg and peppery on the nose. Instant flavour ambush of orange vanilla, ginger, and cardamom with a velvety mouthfeel and then a long finish of sweet chilli and pepper. Powerful vanilla and toffee are released with water, the barley ever present. The complexity of flavours on the nose and tongue and the length of the finish is astonishing, making this dram one of the best. 94 Compass Box The Spice Tree Second Generation Vatted Malt 46% Surprising oloroso note, honeycomb and French wood in the depths, seville marmalade. More complex than the previous bottling. Once again a backbone of barley along with cinammon, cardamom and pepper. Wow! Fireworks of flavour on a silky smooth palate, sweet berried fruit, sherry and ginger with charred oak and pepper on the finish. Water has an explosive affect with a hint of horse sweat on the top notes, so rich, so complex and no doubt that this unusual style of whisky is John Glaser’s greatest contribution to the whisky industry. 95

Compass Box Hedonism Vatted Grain 43%Honeyed grain with a hint of bourbon. perfume anf floral notes abound-lavender dusted with icing sugar.The palate is silky smooth, the bourbon now more evident with generous vanilla drying on the finish. 85

Compass Box Hedonism Vatted Grain Limited Release Bottling No: H29MMIX 43%Vanilla, grain and bourbon, soft, subtle, subdued, with a slight perfume note.A delicious dram, velvety and honey sweet on the tongue.Not as much character or as complex as the previous bottling but this is gentle, gorgeous, moreish and full of finesse. 86

Compass Box The Peat Monster Blended Malt 46%This is so Islay in so many ways: salty seaweed, vanilla, soft burning rubber, fresh salty breeze then wintergreen develops.The palate is reminiscent of an Islay malt, maybe Caol Ila but this has more tar, more charcoal, more salt.Water only serves to bring out more of the youth and sharpens the salty delivery, leaving antiseptic on the finish.This dram is disappointing, unbalanced, and directionless as some blended malts can be. 80

Compass Box Oak Cross Blended Malt43% Immediate vanilla, orange zest, ripe banana and a backbone of malted barley. Despite the gentle tropical and citrus nose, the palate’s flavours are masked by a potent spirity sweet grain. Water does honey the vanilla, pineapple merges with the banana. A soft tropical fruit salad that belies the unbalanced and confused palate. A quirky truffle of light pineapple and vanilla with a harsh chilli bite centre. 79

Midleton 1998 12yo Sherry Single Cask 58% (Sample)Oloroso sherry pronounced, tree tomato jam, ultra spicy, ginger, cardamom, stewed prunes and a smoked honey note.Intensely dark fruit sherry marinade that thickly coats the tongue, then chilli and long in the finish.Water plumbs the depths-inky, rumtopf, seems older than it is. A wondrous balance of dark fruit, spice and sherry developing to liquorice allsorts. 93

Midleton 1991 19yo Bourbon Single Cask 55% (Sample)Intense vanilla and trodden grapes, spearmint, menthol, strawberry fruit chew(Opal/Sugus), Rowntree’s blackcurrant fruit pastille. This has to be the heart and soul of Jameson’s 18yo. Exquisite nose.The palate is all blackcurrant, Ribena, the most berried palate I have ever tasted. Delicious doesn’t come close. Scrumptious, deleriously moreish….I kid you not. The finish, doesn’t. Long, sweet mixed berries that eventually dries and requires you to pour yourself another dram. For me, the best Irish whiskey I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. 95This whiskey has just had a limited release of only 200 bottles at 53.7% so if you want a taste of the best Irish pot still ever….come to the bar……