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28 Aug 2009

Amrut Fusion

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * World

It’s a common thread that Amrut whiskies are bottled at very young ages (usually 3 to 5 years). This can be explained by the hot Indian climate which causes an angel’s share of around 12% a year. The accelerated maturation makes it unnecessary to wait longer.

Amrut Fusion is a mixture of 25% peated Scottish barley and 75% unpeated Indian malt, both mashed and distilled independently. The result was matured in old and new American oak barrels at the distillery in Bangalore.

 

Amrut Fusion Amrut Fusion (50%, OB 2009, batch #01)

Nose: very all-round with clean barley, fruity notes (blood oranges), brown sugar, vanilla and very gentle peat. It has a biscuity quality and the peat gives it an extra dimension. Mouth: mostly oranges and vanilla at first. Reminds me of turkish delights and some kinds of bubblegum. Good oakiness. Some mocha. The peat is on a second level but it complements the profile quite well and grows stronger over time. Finish: long, rich, orangey. Very good balance between sweet, spicy and peaty.

After the independent Amrut 5/2009 by Blackadder and this official Amrut Fusion, it’s clear that India is a serious player with a bright future. They produce very enjoyable all-round whisky. Amrut Fusion is a steal at around € 35.

Score: 85/100

Amrut Fusion 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-08-28
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  • http://blog.thewhiskyexchange.com Tim F

    I’m a fan of the Fusion, but the Two Continents is even better – it’s a fantastic whisky. I had it at our TWE tasting in Vinopolis and was blown away. Amrut is really doing some interesting stuff now – and listening to their customers as well, which is really important.

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  • srikanth

    the blend is smooth and peaty but the malt note is more…it is not worth Rs.2000/-

  • http://whisky.foodnwine.co.il Gal

    Just tasted it a few days ago. It’s indeed a very nice malt. wouldnt go to lengths to say it’s a 95 whisky as JM claims in his bible (he’s got the right) but a very enhoyable, wonderful nose, and nice palate.
    this is quality stuff from the sub continent of india.
    major league.

  • YankJet

    Picked up my first bottle of this terrific malt whisky for the wonderfully low price of $47 (roughly 28 pounds) the other day and am enjoying it very much. One question: because it is a blend of Scottish and Indian malts, i.e., from at least two separate distilleries, shouldn’t the label indicate that it’s a blended malt rather than a single malt?

  • WhiskyNotes

    It doesn’t contain Scottish whisky. Scottish barley and Indian barley were used, but both types of grains were distilled at Amrut distillery in India, so it’s effectively a single malt.

  • YankJet

    Thanks for that clarification.

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