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.
The Naarangi is a very intriguing, inventive release from the Amrut distillers in India. Using casks which previously held a combination of oloroso Sherry, matured wine and orange peel for three years, they matured a three year old single malt whisky for a further three years, which has resulted in an expression with bright, expressive orange notes shining through.
“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
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