#423 • Amrut Single Cask • Bourbon Cask SAQ

50% alc./vol.
Amrut Distillery, Bangalore, India

Ah, Indian whiskys ... Amrut is one of the most famous distilleries in this country that has not always been known as a whiskey producing country. At least "good" whiskey.

Our friends from SAQ have managed to bottle a cask exclusively for us poor Quebecers. This is the Bourbon Cask #3450, Distilled in June 2009 and bottled in July 2014, 120 bottles, exclusive SAQ.

As the American actor Everett McGill (1945-) said so well:

When I see all these faithful couples I tell myself that everyone can be wrong.

Dark orange, marked by the maturation of some Indian summers.

Nose:
Burnt sweet caramel and barley, but some bourbon notes such as vanilla, oak and corn do not pass in silence. Fragrance wave of fennel.

Taste:
Very rich and syrupy texture, with a thick caramel, vanilla, oak, juicy fruit, barley sugar.

Finish:
Cinnamon and the other warm spices of its alcohol content transport us towards notes of wood, candied fruit, light vanilla.

Balance:
A great experiment for the distillery and our state monopoly. Even if its price is more or less spot on, it remains a relatively surprising bourbon cask.

Note: ★★★★★

#371 • Amrut Kadhambam

50% alc./vol.
Amrut Distillery, Bangalore, India

We go back to India here with a special expression ofAmrut, Kadhambam, which means "mix" in Tamil.

In fact, this powerful malt with 50% alcohol comes from three different types of barrels that have contained oloroso sherry, rum and brandy Bangalore Blue.

As the saying so well Cardinal Léger to his maid:

When we look closely at a guinea pig, we notice: firstly that it is not a pig, secondly that it is not from India, and that ultimately only the "d" is authentic.

Ray of honey rich and deeply orange.

Nose:
Dusty oak marked by a strong cereal and a hint of peat barely perceptible. Traces of young molasses in the distance.

Taste:
Pleasant texture in the mouth, the cereals gently leave the barrel express themselves on notes of wood and dried fruit. A light salted caramel takes us to a pile of spices. We find it a little more mature here.

Finish:
Back on a grain a little bland as well as oak wood and a handful of fruit a little juicier.

Balance:
Very nice shot Amrut, but you used me better.

Note: ★★★★★