Indian Whisky Review: Amrut Peated Cask Strength (Batch 38)
Amrut Peated Cask Strength (Batch 38) / 62.8% ABV
Tasted neat and with a nip of bottled water
This lovely Amrut Peated Indian is cask strength, and natural colour — no age is disclosed! Press releases say this is peated to 23 ppm and aged “at least” 4 years, which in India’s climate, is more than enough.
“There is demand, but we can’t service it,” says Jagdale, Amrut’s Chairman. “We cannot accelerate the maturation process. A good whisky can never be a mass product.”
- Color: burnished (1.1)
- Nose: peat smoke, hand sanitizer, barbeque, lavender oil; furniture polish
- Taste: beautifully full oily mouthfeel; some oak, orange peel; beery malt, iodine, and citrus
- Finish: medium, quite peaty; salt
Well done, Amrut, this is an excellent CS peated malt whisky, much more full-bodied than some of the standard Islay malts (Ardbeg 10, Caol Ila, Lagavulin), the closest would be something like Laphroaig Quarter Cask minus the band-aids.