Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky
Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky is a marriage of whiskies made from peated Scottish barley and unpeated Indian barley. The Indian barley, nourished by the waters of the Himalayan mountains, is grown in a region known as Punjab (meaning "the land of five rivers"), where the cold winters and fiery summers create a unique quality of grain, rich in nutrients and flavor. The malted Scottish barley, which is dried over a peat fire, is imported from Scotland to India.
The two barleys are taken to Bangalore where they are mashed and distilled separately. Then, they are individually aged for three to five years before their arranged marriage finally takes place in used, American bourbon casks, where they are aged together. While the intense Indian heat causes whisky to age nearly three times as fast in India as compared to Scotland, it also leads to much greater rates of evaporation — approximately 12% of the whisky is lost to the angels each year in India, compared to just 2% in Scotland.
The combination of peated Scottish barley and unpeated Indian barley makes Amrut Fusion an incredibly complex whisky. With subtle notes of peat, vanilla, chocolate fudge and fruit, Amrut Fusion was rated the third best whisky in the world by Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, scoring an incredible 97 points in 2009.
Complex and chewy, it has a nose of milk chocolate, oak and almonds. Light on the palate, with notes of coconut and fruit. A medium long finish with hints of vanilla and peat.