Whisky Review: Amrut Spectrum 004

Style: Fruity and Complex

Nose:
Creamy red grapes and sticky date pudding sitting on top of a herbal base. Caramelized banana, plenty of tobacco leaves with a light peppermint flower overtone. Dark fruits reaches out and bind all the elements together. Strawberry Shisha molasses puffing out a faint smoky breath. A round and deep aroma.

Palate:
Strawberry sauce, fat toffee and more tobacco leaves flooding onto the palate. Round and sweet, flavours are nicely integrated together. An array of fruitiness starting to shine after the sherry washes off, orange candy, crystallized tropical fruits and subtle white flowers shattered into tiny fragments and snowing down onto the underlying espresso oak. Spearmint spice combines with the herbal DNA in the spirit and reaches a resounding freshness. Butter brushed barley sugar with a dry, husky tail.

Finish:
Red fruits and confectioneries staying around. Orange candies combines finishes with murmuring cigar malt.

Thoughts:
After tasting this, it is only natural to compare this 004 with the first Amrut Spectrum. I feel in general the progression and structure are quite similar to the previous version, but the sherry is less prevalent with 004 – noticeably less PX I think. As a result 004 is weaker on the Sherry side but it also unshackles the expression of other fruitiness on multiple levels. Thumbs up from me because Spectrum is supposed to be showcasing complexities, right? A welcomed improvement.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[50% • Original Bottling • No Age Statement • Non Chill Filtered • 2017 Bottled • Limited Edition • 1800 Bottles • Sample Tasting • **]

Thank you Heath.

-Esmond

 

Whisky Review: Amrut Greedy Angels Chairman’s Reserve 8 Years Old

Style: Fruity and Spicy

Nose:
Waving off a light veil of chilli spice, we have a good dose of fruity-malt aroma on the nose. Papaw, tropical fruits, nectarines and beautiful beeswax nicely pushed up by caramel and almond malt. Herbal side emerges, pine, peppermint overtone with nutmeg coconut cream brushes. Dry spices to finish.

Palate:
Started with a bumpy ride of hot spices joined by a buoyant herbal hymn. Maybe the dram will benefit from some breathing… Silky sweetness casually slipping though the tight grasp of spices. Apricots, sugar plums with a hint of umeboshi. Stew tropical fruits with light pinches of peppercorns scattered on top. The palate is very nice and delicate… Malt sits deep with caramel towards the end.

Finish:
Lingering dry spiciness, more nutmeg, chilli powder and cumin (?). Funny. While tropical fruits persevere to provide bountiful sweetness. Impressively delicious…

Thoughts:
Somehow this Greedy Angels reminds me a lot of Longmorn. Don’t ask me, I don’t know why too… Anyway, the angels took a lot of water (high evaporation rate thus the “greedy angels” share) but she did not take the hot spices away, making it rather punchy even bottled at 50%. Nonetheless the fruitiness presented in the dram is very, very rewarding. Fragrant, smooth and beautiful sweetness which you wouldn’t expect to see it at this age. Interesting and definitely worth a try…

☆ [Recommended]

[50% • Original Bottling • Aged 8 Years • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition]

-Esmond

Dram Review: Amrut Double Cask #3190 & #2716

[46.0%・5 Years Old・Distilled in 2012・Bottled in 2017・Cask #3190 & Cask #2716・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 900 Bottles]

Nose:

Hmm, quite peaty to start, but it’s a clean iodine note with a light hint of floral note laying underneath, wild flowers perhaps.  It’s simplistic but the peat is very fresh and pure.  There is a lot to like about a peated whisky that doesn’t rough up your nostrils.

Palate & Finish:

A gentle syrupy delivery, the Port cask imparts a sweet strawberry note that is quite delightful.  There is a hint of key lime sauce before the arrival of the earthiness with hint of burnt butter coming out from the background.

The finishing is on the thin side, wee vanilla with a charming dose of barley and brushed with a fine layer of wax.

Thoughts:

Not overly complex but this is an impressive vatting combining the attractive traits of the Bourbon cask and the Port pipe which in turn accentuate the pureness of the spirit.  It’s a clean execution of a peaty expression, simply quite enjoyable..

☆ [Recommended]

P.S. Cheers Mr. Lawrence for the wee nip, it’s much appreciated.

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Amrut Intermediate Sherry

One of the highlights from an Amrut tasting I went to a while ago. 
This whisky is aged in bourbon barrel first, then transferred to a sherry butt for two years, before finishing back in the bourbon barrel.

Nose:

Quite an earthy nose at first, sticky raisins, toffee, cloves, a hint of soy sauce, white pepper and sweetness from a sweet and chilli sauce towards the back end.

Palate & Finish:

Burnt brown sugar on the palate, dark raisins with some acidity within, dark chocolate sipping through as well.

Cloves and cinnamon spices coming through in the finish.

Thoughts:

It’s really quite smooth actually despite the high ABV, not throat burning at all.

Not bad for the price, certainly did the motherland proud.

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas