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23 Aug 2010

Amrut Double Cask

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * World

Amrut blended two 7 year old casks for this release, filled in 2002 and 2003. These are the oldest casks that were ever bottled at Amrut distillery.

While it may seem young, Amrut says it’s unlikely that they will be able to produce such an aged whisky again in the Indian climate. The casks were filled with 360 liters of spirit and the end result was a mere 159 liters. Moreover, the strength went up from 62,5% to 69,8%. That’s the kind of evaporation they have to deal with.


Amrut Double Cask 7yo Amrut ‘Double Cask’ (46%, OB 2010, cask #2874 + 2273, 306 btl.)

Nose: a rich, honeyed profile with loads of vanilla pods and creamy cake. Also quite floral, mainly buttercups. There’s plenty of fruits: pineapple candy, pink grapefruit, banana, caramelized apples… Apple pie. Hints of sweet oak and barley sugar. Just excellent – it’s like a Speyside grandpa with the vivacity of a youngster. Mouth: more of the same (yay). A liquid fruit salad with papaya, kiwi, mango and pineapple, lifted by notes of lime. So much fruit, so much body, so much roundness. Again a coating of vanilla and powdered sugar. Subtle spices. Finish: long and fruity. Delicate oak with cinnamon and very light pepper.

The best Amrut so far for me, no doubt about that. But I’m afraid this is also where it stops: it’s probably impossible to gain more complexity in a natural way. In the end the effect of time can’t be beaten, even when your spirit is as perfect as this one. Sold in Europe and Canada only as far as I know, but now sold out in most places. Around € 75.

Score: 91/100

 

One remark: the packaging looks okay but feels like it’s made in a sweatshop. The folding of the box is anything but accurate, the glue doesn’t hold the sides together, the white cardboard is completely smudged on the inside, etc. I know the packaging is not the most important element, but please, some quality control would be appropriate for such a special bottling. After looking around, it’s clear that my own flimsy box is not a one-off.

Amrut Double Cask 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-08-23
  • http://whiskyisrael.co.il Gal

    where can i get this online?
    lovely

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    You could try here: http://bit.ly/ajLexL
    Seems to be sold out everywhere else.

  • Shai

    Sounds like a bottle I need to have.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashok Chokalingam

    Hi Ruben,

    I completely agree with your point on the packaging. I have only realized this after I have sold all the cases and got a sample case for myself. I do apologize on the behalf of the distillery for this disaster. Perhaps one more disaster (on the packaging) to come. After that everything will be up to the mark.

    Kind Regards

    For Amrut Distilleries Ltd

    Ashok Chokalingam

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Hi Ashok, thanks for your reply. I’m glad to hear you’re taking care of it. Keep up the good work!

  • Michael

    It is still available in Canada. I never really thought that I may taste Amrut but after this review, I am ready to reconsider ;-)

  • http://danishwhiskyblog.blogspot.com/ Steffen Bräuner

    I really like this one, the fusion more thou. I find your tasting notes very good, much similar to my experiences. Another favourite of mine is the peated cask strength!

    One of the reasons this bottle is hard to get is that I stocked up :-)

    /Macdeffe

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Thanks Steffen. So you’re the one to blaim ;-)
    I prefer this one to Fusion but the peat in that one will obviously appeal to many people.

  • http://danishwhiskyblog.blogspot.com/ Steffen Bräuner

    I am more or less immune to peat these days, nothing will ever give me the feeling my first Laphroaig gave me. I like the fusion for its tropical fruit style :-)

  • MARS

    So, this one is better than the one for crombe. I was thinking already so but you confirm.

    Sadly, I wait too long to buy one bottle. (i was waiting for your review) But it doesn’t matter as I have already too many unopened bottles.

    Thanks for your review.
    MARS

  • surrinder kumar

    Dear Mr. Rubin, Thanks for evaluating Amrut Double Cask & giving your honest opinion about the product as a whole. I personally appreciate the response & take the comments positively. For all those esteemed customers who could’t lay a hand on Amrut Double Cask this time, we at Amrut will try to surprise you soon with something special in the market. Don’t miss it this time. SURRINDER KUMAR

  • Dirk

    I found two bottles today in a shop ;-)

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