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 (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.