Hot-Tempered from Bangalore: Amrut Fusion

Ever since Curt at All Things Whisky raved about the Amrut Fusion (giving it a whopping 91.5/100) and all Amrut in general, I’ve been meaning to pick up a bottle. Instead of being skeptical about non-scotch whisky, I was eager to try it, and at $69.10, you couldn’t really beat the price for something at 50% ABV.

Months went by and I hadn’t done anything about it until a few weeks ago when a spot opened up in the cabinet. The first dram was heaven, the second was mediocre, and we’ve had a seesaw relationship since, but I think things are finally starting to come around…

Nose: A masala of spices, mixed with honey and chocolate sweetness right off the bat. Think cinnamon and cardamom. Also a cereal quality to it. Spend some time with it and then you get apricots, orange and mixed nutes.

Palate: Oaky with plenty of honeyed oats on the palate. Salty apricot and coriander. Smoke as well.

Finish: Medium, salty, oak and oats.

Grade: B

I don’t know if it’s just me, but here’s another tempermental whisky. It doesn’t swim at all, probably due to it’s youth. A drop or two of water at best. It’s better to let it sit, though, 30 minutes easy. You’re much better rewarded to have the alcohol evaporate than to water down both it and the flavour of the whisky. It gets hot and dull with too much water. This one is at the lower end of my B, just a few darts away from the B-. If the notes were all more pronounced and clean, it’d be a solid B. Maybe future batches will be. In any case, definitely worth a try, but if you’re not used to high ABV whisky, this one may not be for you, as the usual watering-down technique will only worsen the experience.