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28 Jun 2010

Amrut 2004 (for Crombé)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * World

Crombé Kortrijk Crombé is a wine and whisky supplier in Kortrijk, Belgium. Their whisky responsible (Bert Coorevits) and his Malt Maniac friend (Bert Bruyneel) selected this cask of Indian Amrut, filled in 2004 and bottled last year, a few days short of its fifth birthday.

 

Amrut for Crombé Kortrijk Amrut 4 yo 2004 (52%, OB 2009 for Crombé,
bourbon cask #2930, 221 btl.)

Nose: full of apple pie and cinnamon. Warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Lovely really. On a second level: spicy honey, pears, yellow flowers. Heather as well. Less candied than you would expect from Amrut. This is more like gingerbread than plain vanilla cake, if you know what I mean. It already shows the complexity of a much older Speysider (yes, at nearly 5 years old). Mouth: starts on Amrut’s trademark mix of vanilla and fruits (apricot and pear, melon maybe). It’s quite oily and slightly waxy. Again some ginger, cinnamon and white pepper, but the superiority over other Amruts is a little less evident here. Still very good. Finish: clean, sweet and spicy with added hints of liquorice.

Outstanding at this age, and the best Amrut I’ve had so far (although I’m eager to try the new Amrut Double Cask). I still don’t get why it didn’t win against the Compass Box Spice Tree in the Battle of the Stunners.

A few bottles left, I’m told. Around € 50.

Score: 88/100

Amrut 2004 (for Crombé) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-06-28
  • http://whisky.foodnwine.co.il Gal

    sounds delic.

  • MARS

    I don’t know for this one but I am trying the amrut double cask right now and it is really good.
    Look like an old speyside whos stayed maybe a little too long in the cask(the tannins are there).

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    This one doesn’t have any tannins. I’m picking up a Double cask tomorrow so I’ll be able to taste them side-by-side.

  • MARS

    I am interested to see how you compare the two.
    I am thinking to buy one of them, I will wait your review and will make my choice after.

    Look like amrut is better and better.

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