Monday, September 6, 2010

Whisky review: Amrut single malt

I finally nabbed myself some Amrut single malt. Mostly it was for a party. There was a Scotch and cigars session planned and I don't care for Scotch, so a suitable alternative was needed. I figured what better way to duck out of Scotch whisky than with novelty? So novelty it was.

The single malt iteration of Amrut is 46% alcohol. That is a bit stronger than your typical bottling, and I feel really needed a bit of water or ice chilling to open up the flavors. Otherwise it tasted much like a single malt whisky. Smooth, which it should be for the price. But no exotic flavors jumped out. The other drinkers expressed the same sentiments. No curry taste here. Just whisky.

At home a more careful tasting with more time for the ice to melt opened up more subtle flavors. The misses thought she tasted cardamon or anise. Now I love anise, and maybe there was a hint of some exotic Indian floral notes therein, but I found it to be largely just a decent single malt. None of the bitterness I find in most Scotch whisky (Sorry Glenlivet) so it definitely worked for me with the cigars (and steak, my lord the steak). But not really some crazy flavors either.

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