Amrut 2009 Bourbon Cask

"Perfect example of what bourbon cask maturation can bring, and with a tropical twist. Affordable, excellent and very enjoyable, recommended!"

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This was bottled at back in 2013 for La Maison du Whisky and matured in ex-bourbon barrels for 4 years. Obviously not comparable to a 4-year maturation in the cold climate, according to what I have read this might be equal to 10-12 years maturation in a colder climate, for instance Scotland. The online verdict on several single casks from this series have been extremely positive, so for that makes me at least quite curious! A simple packaging, which I find very non-commercial. In fact, it looks much cheaper than what is on the price tag, but that might not reflect the contents!

Nose

It is clean and smooth with aromatic honey, Indian spices, toffee and some kind of varnish. It screams for a few drops of water, which unlock a beautiful fruitiness with apricots, fresh juicy pears and apples, unripe bananas, and definitely mango (oh yes!). Lots of (tropical) spices like cinnamon powder, nutmeg, anise, Indian honey (does that exist?), and coriander. In addition, I detect clear notes of ginger, and some kind of sugary sweetness. Reminds me some rhum agricole. Fresh, floral, and even a tiny bit salty.

Taste

Also here, I find a clean and smooth entry with lots of Indian spices like Garam Masala or curry. In the beginning a bit tight. But this gets better when the bottle has been opened for some time. Water is definitely needed to open things up, like we found for the nose. The spicy notes of nutmeg, cinnamon powder, pepper, cumin, sesame seeds, persil, and freshly baked oriental bread also appear. Really lovely! Aromatic honey, tropic butterscotch (?), fennel, hot peppers, paprika, tabasco, and more curry. It is oily, a bit creamy, there are vegetable notes of olives and several tropical vegetables, and lemon grass. A tiny bit of pencil shavings appear along with some notes of acetone, but those do not bother the experience. The finish is spicy, oriental and intense.

Overall

Spicy, intense, balanced, and different from European malt mates. This is just excellent. I always wonder if it is just me, or do I really taste the origins of the whisky. It reminds me of all the aromas of a proper Indian meal. Unfortunate that these bottles are not available anymore, but recentely a new bottle from 2013 reappeared on the Dutch market. Can we convince Amrut to repeat these Bourbon single cask releases more frequently? I think we ought to…

What others say

Whiskybase: 86.71 (9 votes)
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
65%
Peat/smoke
5%
Nose 89%
Taste 87%
Balance 86%
Depth 87.5%
Finish 88%
Score