Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Amrut Peated Single Malt

I'd been wanting to try an Amrut whisky for some time when it finally appeared on the shelves of my favorite local bottle shop.  There were three options, but I settled on one, Amrut Peated Single Malt. At $43 US, I didn't mind purchasing it blindly, especially given its rating of 94 points from Jim Murray.


Origin: Bangalore, India
Age: NAS
ABV: 46%
Chill Filtering: No
Coloring added: No

Islay Gold

Soft and rounded, caramel-soaked barbecued bacon, oak, ash, floral and grassy.

Slightly sweet, malty, a little sour, a little bitter, sweet tea

Medium, peat and smoke, mild spices

Conclusion: A worthy dram to be sure, but there are too many Islay characteristics to really ascertain any uniqueness in this whisky. It's somewhere between an Ardbeg and a Bruichladdich. For the same price, Ardbeg 10 is a superior dram, and there's not enough originality in Amrut Peated for me to choose it as a peaty alternative to Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Port Charlotte or Laphroaig.

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