Re: Amrut tasting, Edinburgh
From (hazy) memory:-
We started with the current 46%, most were impressed while some complained of off notes although no serious problems, one person struggled to find a true character. For me this was a classic Amrut easily up to snuff.
To compare the with the first dram the second (mystery) dram was a bottle from batch two when the brand was first released, 40% and artificially coloured, interestingly a few preferred this to the current standard, most found it less confident and not too soundly structured.
Next we had Two Continents batch 2 50%, part matured in India, maturation completed in Europe. For my money an excellent version and my favourite Amrut to date. Very easy drinking, plenty distillery character but nicely subtle compared to the usual big swagger. Whisky Advocate magazine's very recently warded this their World whisky of the year, seconded
Next was the cask strength edition - so back to the bolder style, we've tried this one before to mostly great effect, the high strength goes a long was and it went down pretty well.
Fusion followed this - 25% peated Scottish barley, 75% unpeated Indian barley. A marvellous effect with complexity way beyond it's years although multilply time by four when comparing Scottish and Indian maturation periods. Jim Murray's 3rd best whisky 2010, a winner with the Malt Maniacs too, not arguments from me.
Finally the now off-market cask strength peated expression: a real winner, very classy and eminantly peated, why should we expect poor quality from Indian malt? Most 'whisky' made in India is molasses based but this is the real deal. A classic.
I'll post the full results of the attendee's feed-back opinions once I've compiled the report, I expect some less than flattering comments as I was surprised at the level of dis-satisfaction and lack of people being impressed although the opinion was generally split between the converts and sceptics.