Amrut

Amrut Single Malt Whiskey is produced at the Amrut Distillery in Bangalore, India and is among the finest premium Single Malt whiskeys produced in India. The flavor is characterized by Kentucky oak, fruit, and peppery – almost spicy – undertones. Benedikt Luening of Whisky.com described the flavor as “a fruity sweetness with vanilla, oak. You have a bit of a hidden bourbon in there.”

Amrut pairs well with sharp cheese, fruit, and dark chocolate. Or, for a truly Indian experience, try it with curry next time you go out for Indian Cuisine. The flavor is characterized by Kentucky oak, fruit, and peppery – almost spicy – undertones.

Amrut is an Indian word derived from the Sanskrit Amrita, which literally means immortality. It’s synonymous with the Greek word Ambrosia, meaning nectar. Both ancient words are interpreted to mean “nectar of the gods” and in the case of Amrut Single Malt, they aren’t far off. The glowing fruity sweetness brings to mind a velvety wine or perhaps Mead. The spicy notes leave a pleasant tingle in the long, smooth, finish.

Indian Whiskey has a long tradition dating back to the English colonial era but Amrut is a relatively new addition, beginning production in the 70s and launching their Single Malt variety in 1997. Fermentation and distillation in India is a unique process with a number of challenges and benefits. Amrut’s master distillers developed their methods in Glasgow, Scotland with a few key differences from the Scottish method. Their malt comes from a single source in Punjab, Rajasthan, at the foot of the Himalaya Mountains. During fermentation they carefully control the temperature to account for India’s hot climate.

The Amrut Distillery includes their own cooperage to build custom barrels. They import American Oak, better suited to warm weather than European Oak, and construct their barrels on site. They developed a specialized method of charring the oak to fit their unique climate which extracts the flavors and caramelizes the sugars perfectly. The aging process in India – due to high temperatures and low humidity – takes less than half as long as that of Scotland or Kentucky, and their Angels’ Share (evaporated whiskey during the aging process) is double that of Kentucky. The low humidity means that more water and less alcohol is lost during aging, which leads to Amrut Single Malt’s unique flavor profile.

John Hansell, editor of Whisky Advocate, wrote that “India’s Amrut distillery changed the way many think of Indian Whisky … Amrut is making whisky, and it’s very good.” Their unique process involves Indian ingredients, a Scottish method, and American oak. It’s a truly worldwide product, with worldwide appeal. Amrut is among the fastest growing distilleries in the world, and has been added to dozens of top five lists from Germany, Belgium, the US, and the UK. No whiskey selection, be it restaurant, bar, or personal, is quite complete without Amrut Single Malt’s unique and exciting addition sitting alongside time tested favorites.