A cask strength bottling from India – the Amrut Intermediate Sherry.
According to Indian Mythology, when Gods and Rakshasas – the demons – churned the oceans using the mountain Meru as churner, a golden pot sprang out containing the Elixir of Life. The elixir was called the “Amrut” and this is where Amrut Distillery gets it’s name.
Although well established – with over 1000 employees, Amrut Distillery is a relative newcomer to the world of single malt whisky. It’s first expression launched in 2004 to a skeptical audience in Glasgow, Scotland. 5 years later, Jim Murray proclaimed the Amrut Fusion expression the third best whisky in the world and scored it 97/100. Amrut Fusion has since gone on to win accolades over progressive years proving that first bottling was not a fluke.
The Amrut Intermediate Sherry is a whisky with characteristics of both Sherry and bourbon, bottled at full cask strength of 57.1%abv, with no chill filtering and according to Jim Murray scores 96.5.
Amrut Intermediate Sherry – Our Thoughts
Colour is driven by the bronzed Sherry butts, with some depth of colour attributable to the high alcohol content.
The nose is dominated by the Sherry, with rich prunes and dates.
There is sultanas and raisins, rich apricot and orange zest, from the Sherry, combined with vanilla, honey and caramel from the charry bourbon barrels with the flavour of the new oak underlining the primary flavours.
Despite the cask strength warmth, the Amrut Intermediate Sherry is remarkably balanced. The initial rich dried fruits are tempered by the honey and vanilla, all of which swirl around the palate long after.
I’d definitely recommend trying this whisky with a few drops of water to ‘open’ the whisky up. It really brings out the vanilla laden fruit and tempers the alcohol. Just a few drops [of water] – no more than a dribble. Watch the reaction as the water hits the whisky! Ahh.. magic! – Brad.
Distillery Tasting Notes
Nose: Instead of the usual biscuit aroma, we now get moist cake. And my word: is it fruity and spicy!! Love the freshly waxed oak floor, too. Brain-explodingly complex and multi-layered with one of the most intriguing sherry-style-bourbon-style marriages on the market
Taste: Cracking delivery and entirely unique in form. The structure is decidedly oak-based, but acts as no more than a skeleton from which the juicy sultana and spices drape. Salivating, too, as the barley kicks in powerfully. But the liquorice-orangey-honeycomb bourbon theme quietly shapes the flavour profile; the spices pulse and glow
Finish: Quite a chunk of natural caramel quietens the more exuberant characteristics; long and elegant