Amrut Fusion Single Malt Review

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

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