Maker: Amrut, Kambipura, Bangalore, India
Style: Single malt from a mix of Northern Indian and peated Scottish barley.
Batch: No. 22, Sept 2012
Price: $70 (Binny’s)
Note: Not chill filtered.
Appearance: Dark gold with thick legs.
Nose: Peat, smoke, freshly varnished wood, alcohol.
Palate: Medium bodied. Brown sugar, hardwood smoke, alcohol. Opens up with water. Cinnamon, mace, agave nectar, sherry, bit of peat.
Finish: A little sweetness then a sappy burn like that time when my dad tried to use turpentine instead of lighter fluid to get the grill going. More complex with water. Sherry, fruitcake and burn.
Parting words: Always on top things in the whisky world, I reviewed Amrut’s Single Malt back in 2014 and have been sitting on this 50 ml bottle ever since then, having intended to review it a week or two after. Amrut is no longer the hot buzzed about Asian whisky is was back then (Taiwan’s Kavalan
has taken over that role), but it’s now found its place in the world whisky firmament.
I can’t see Fusion replacing Laphroaig as my go-to peaty whisky, but it’s pretty good. The slightly annoying lumber note that appeared in the Single Malt is still there, but it is thankfully shoved into the background by the spice, sweetness and peat. The high proof improves it too, adding a welcome bite to a category riddled with products in the 40% range. The price is higher than I would like, but it’s not too far off Single Malt Scotch prices these days and the high proof ameliorates that too.
Amrut Fusion is recommended.