The Vices

Anise Global Presents: Amrut Distillery

If there’s one thing you should know about me it’s that I LOVE whisky. LOVE. LOVE-ahhhhh.

When I found out Anise had a tasting with Amrut, I want to say I volunteered to partake and blog but in reality I shamelessly invited myself. I wasn’t familiar with the brand but the fact that it was an Indian whisky piqued my interest. I learned so much and boy, was I in for a treat! Just take a look at Amrut’s extensive list of awards. 

Amrut Distillery was founded in 1948. It is the first single malt whisky to be made in India. It officially launched in Glasgow in 2004. According to good ole Wikipedia, Amrut is Sanksrit for “drink of the gods” or “nectar of life.” Whisky connoisseur Jim Murray gave it an 82 point rating in 2005 and 2010. In 2010, he named Amrut Fusion the third finest single malt whisky in the world.

Bottles ready to be tipped over and poured.

These morsels were WONDERFUL. I was just too busy getting photos to eat much. Instant regret after the first sip. I should have carb-loaded before all that BOMB whisky.

My personal set up was not to be trifled with.

The beauties. We got to taste Amrut Fusion, Amrut Single Malt, Amrut Kadhambam and Blackadder Amrut Rum Finished.

This is Raj Sabharwal of Glass Revolution. Raj gave the step by step instructions of how to taste whisky.

That’s Ryan Pines inspecting the color.

Raj showed us how to swirl and sniff with each nostril. Interestingly enough, you get a different range of smells in each nose. I was convinced it was my stuffed sinuses due to allergies until I learned it was normal =P

Upon tasting the Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky, Raj asked us to “chew” it a bit. It had a texture you could chew as you swirled it around your palate. This whisky gets its name from using two different barleys, Indian and Scottish.

Adding a few drops of water to your whisky opens up new flavors you didn’t taste previously.

Thanks to Josh of Fontana Pisco for amusing me with some hand modeling and demonstrating for the people how to add water to whisky. =P

Blackadder.

Overheard from Xuan Hurt, “Did we not use clean glasses?” =P

In this Blackadder Raw Cask, the charcoal sediments at the bottom are completely normal. The spirit is taken straight from the cask without any dilution or filtering.

In the end, not only did I make new friends with the people around me but my purse also got a new friend! This mini Amrut Fusion has its very own pocket =p

This whisky tasting was wonderful! I may have a found a new favorite. I am partial to the Amrut Kadambham. I tend to like to Scotch that has been aged in Sherry casks and this particular one has its foot in 5 different casks.

Amrut blends portions of their Peated Single Malt Cask Strength and their Cask Strength Single Malt together and finishes them further in three different used casks: —ex-Oloroso Sherry Butts, ex-Brandy casks, and finally ex-Rum casks.

Keep your eye out for Amrut the next time you’re out drinking!


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