The E&K is a combination of Scottish and Indian single malt from Ardmore (peated), Glenrothes (sherried) and Amrut. The Ardmore gives it peaty and sooty aromas whilst the Glenrothes brings sherry aromas and creamy sweetness. The Amrut tops it off with tropical fruit and spices. Since the Amrut is 5 years old that’s the official age statement of this whisky which is bottled at natural cask strength of 57,8% ABV, non chill filtered and with no added colour. A limited release of 825 bottles.
“A rich, honeyed profile with loads of vanilla pods and creamy cake. Also quite floral, mainly buttercups. There’s plenty of fruits: pineapple candy, pink grapefruit, banana, caramelized apples… Apple pie. Hints of sweet oak and barley sugar. Just excellent – it’s like a Speyside grandpa with the vivacity of a youngster.” Amrut
Only 4.800 bottles were launched worldwide of this Amrut that was finished in Madeira casks. Those casks had been chosen by the Amrut team that went to Portugal for this purpose. After the casks had been brought to Bangalore they were filled with Amrut Single Malt Whisky (it’s not unveiled how old this whisky was) for an aromatic finishing. Amrut says they set great value upon creating a well-balanced whisky with a noticeable but not dominant Madeira note.
“Despite the nose, the immediate sensation is one of being caressed by molassed sugar and then a ratching up of the peat notes. As they get more forceful, so the experience becomes that little bit drier and spicier, though not without the molasses refusing to give way” Amrut
Crafted by a visionary distiller this uses barley from the north of France and is aged in Limousin oak casks for a uniquely French take on the spirit. Layered with dried apricot, cocoa, strawberry and grainy aromas; the palate is medium with an earthy note and repeats from the nose. Very velvety with a long smooth finish.
The nose offers an amazing intensity with floral fragrances, hints of oak and vanilla. On the palate, floral aromas are developed into fruity notes and a hint of honey, as well as spicy flavours of cinnamon and gingerbread. The finish is long lasting, delicately smoky, with a touch of liquorice. It is enjoyed neat and becomes even more remarkable on the rocks.
The second release of peated whisky from Ichiro Akuto’s Chichibu distillery. Distilled in 2010 from heavily peated, 59.6pmm malt, it’s bottled at a higher strength than the first batch, giving a bolder and more intensely smoky flavour, with spice and sweetness.
Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu ‘The Peated’ 2015 Cask Strength. A 3 year old heavily peated whisky from Japan, this is as interesting as it is unusual. Bottled at 62.5% this whisky has a fantastic nose full of smoke and vanilla, and those elements hold up on the palate too. It’s packs an ingenious range of flavours with smoke and citrus and a great malt backbone. This is a fantastic whisky worthy of any collection.
A peated edition of The English single malt whisky from the English Whisky Company. A good core of smoke runs through this one, alongside recognisable vanilla-rich notes.
This Hakushu whisky was aged entirely in first fill bourbon barrels. Being non-chill filtered, it has resulted in a great deal of creamy sweetness. This whisky was distilled at Hakushu distillery surrounded by forest at the foot of the Southern Japan Alps – beautiful!
Aromas and flavors of candied lime, mango, citrus blossoms and white chocolate toffee with a round, vibrant, fruity, medium-full body. Finish is intricate and long with pineapple-mango, apricot, latte and spice notes.
Kavalan Single Malt Whisky Sherry Oak is a Sherry bomb of a deep mahogany color and layers and layers of fruit. And all the numbers line up too: no artificial anything and no chill filtering, 46% ABV, and aged 100% in premium Oloroso Sherry casks from Spain.