Distiller: Amrut. 50% ABV. Age: NAS. Price: $65-70.
Been hearing good things about the Amrut Fusion for a while, and it didn’t disappoint. This no-age-statement mix of separately distilled batches of unpeated Indian malt (75%) and peated Scottish malt (25%) exploded on the global scene when Jim Murray gave it a 97 in 2010, calling it the 3rd best whisky in the world. Whisky Advocate magazine (then called Malt Advocate) followed that by naming the Fusion World Whisky of the Year in 2011.
Amrut is based — and ages its whiskies — in Bangalore, India, which has an average temperature of 91 degrees F, and loses up to 15% a year to the angels. Once blended, the Fusion spends its last 6-9 months before bottling in bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, and/or Jack Daniels.
So how’s the juice? Fabulous. Papaya, sweet malt, and grape juice winey-ness on the nose. The slightest enigmatic hint of peat turns everything else up a notch. The palate: spice bazaar! Coffee, toasted almond, dry vanilla bean, very gentle peat. Nice oily body. Doesn’t need a drop of water, but try it just for fun. Keeps yielding more. Medium-long, spicy finish with a funky vegetal note I love — maybe overripe banana, but drier.
Brilliant work from Bangalore! Don’t hesitate to try it, and let us know what you think. – BO