Day 5 of the #12DaysofWhiskeyExchange that @bourbondipity_ put together. This pour was put forth by Ameya! Another single malt whisk(e)y is up for tasting from our group. I have had so many really great and really different single malt experiences recently... My favorite of recent memory is a sample of a Brenne 2014 single barrel release that was just one of those mind-changing moments. I'm hoping for something similar tonight. Let's get into it!
Company on Label: Amrut
Whiskey Type: Single Malt Whisky
Mash Bill Percentages: 100% Malted Barley (25% peated malt)
Age: NAS (4-5 years)
Further identification: Amrut Fusion is the culmination of barley grown in India as well as peated barley from Scotland
Nose: Oooh, silky nose-feel to start. Peat and fruit parfait. Floral briefly... followed with earthy chocolate tones. Grassy plains. Pear and a faint grapefruit now. Light nuances of vanilla. Tiramisu coming on strong now which is lively with a creamy rum cake texture. Time for a sip! After a sip much more oak is apparent. Caramel and smoked apple crisp. Oak builds and builds now... With a drop of water and a swirl the oak mellows and bright, Spring grass returns. Hints of citrus and vanilla are much softer but less creamy. The empty glass smells of dry leaves, wet campfire ash and stonedust.
Palate: Woah, much less smoky than the nose was letting on. There's a lovely baking chocolate, confectionery sugar and a licorice linger. Caramel tries to sneak out from earthy ash. Heavy tobacco turns a little bit lighter by a honey wine sweetness. Toffee is bright and clean. Chocolate returns strongly later in the glass. Adding a touch of water now increases the smokiness for me. My last sip is earthy, heavy on the used coffee grounds and quite drying. The finish is short but the smokiness persists on the palate long after finishing this pour.
Smoky pours are usually not my jam but this did a lot of extra things alongside it. Not bad at all! Love trying things like this and expanding horizons. Cheers!