No better place, than the beginning, to kick off a run of whisky: Amrut Classic Indian Single Malt. Made from 6 row Indian barley and aged in a combination of new charred American Oak and ex-Bourbon casks (BT and Jack) for at least 4 years. This is the core of everything Amrut does, and we tasted this, and most of the upcoming Amrut whiskies, at a recent SCWC meeting. Before we jump into the whisky review, I imagine you have some questions.
Like, why 6 row barley vs the more common 2 row? Simple, there’s more protein in the smaller grains which lend to the style of whisky they want to get. Or, maybe, why only 4 years as a minimum? Well, because the warm, humid, climate matures the whisky quickly.
That same climate causes a 10-15% yearly Angel’s Share and makes it hard to go much beyond 7 years at their upper end. Though the biggest question, I imagine, is how does it taste? Well, I’m going to answer that right now.
Amrut Classic Indian Single Malt – Details and Tasting Notes
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon, New Charred Oak
Age: 4+ years
Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Hay, malty graham, bananas, apricots, apples, toffee and bits of cocoa, melon and fresh pastries. The aroma on this Amrut Classic Indian Single Malt is just… pleasant. It’s fruity, it’s warm and expressive in a way that’s reminiscent of well-aged Scotch.
Hay, malty graham, banana taffy, apricots, apples, toffee and bits of cocoa, melon and fresh pastries. Almost identical to the aroma, but a bit waxier and more of an olde candy bend to the fruity notes, but still just as pleasant.
Medium -> Hay-like malt, graham, banana and a soft cocoa pastry note that slides out elegantly.
BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Nicely balanced, medium body and a soft warm feel.
Amrut Classic Indian Single Malt – Overall Thoughts and Score
I like this Amrut Classic Indian Single Malt. It’s not the boldest thing on the market, but it has a subtle complexity that makes for a perfectly easy sipping whisky. Its’ a tad light, but there’s nothing actually off or wrong with this whisky and at moments comes off as quite elegant.
This is the kind of whisky I can pour and enjoy while working around the house or doing chores and then pour a second glass to relax with when I’m done. But if you’re looking for more Amrut has you covered. They have a cask strength version of this, which I’ll be covering next.
Amrut Classic Indian Single Malt Review
This is a nice, easy sipping whisky. Fun and full of flavor, it’s something to relax on the porch with.