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In 1948, Amrut Distilleries Private Limited was founded by Shri J.N. Radhakrishna. It began by providing spirits to the Indian Army. Now in its sixth decade, Amrut Distilleries continues to grow and progress, recently establishing itself as a global name in whisky. The distillery is currently located in Kambipura, not far from Bangalore.
In 2009, Amrut Fusion blended whisky was released and was voted the third best whisky from among 4,000 competitors. To make Amrut Fusion , a mix of unpeated Indian barley and peated Scottish barley are used. These barleys are distilled and aged separately before being fused to create a single malt whisky. This fusion of rich and complex East meets West is where the Amrut Fusion draws its name from. It is then aged in American oak for three months to give the marriage time to blend.
Amrut is a Sanskrit word which means "the elixir of life" and is an excellent way to describe Amrut Fusion . Enjoy this seductive whisky however you wish and it will shine in all arenas. For pairing, try it with Indian food as the whisky will cut through the spice. It also goes well with red meat. For a dessert pairing, dark chocolate will bring out the sweet notes of this exceptional blend.
Description of Amrut Fusion
- Colour: This whisky is lighter than most, having an amber-yellow colouring.
- Aroma: On the nose, oak spices stand out more than anything else. Barley makes up the secondary aroma. Other scents include smoke and sugar. All in all, it's a complex scent profile.
- Taste: On the tongue, bitter flavours of trifle and nuts form. Smokey and oak spice flavours tickle the tongue and the rood of the mouth. Yet, there is still a creaminess to this whisky, which tastes similar to vanilla and chocolate. This drink is accompanied with a long finish. Oak spices and the high alcohol content leave a burning sensation in the back of the throat.
PRODUCER: The Amrut distillery was founded in 1948 by Radhakrishna N. Jagdale. For many years, the distillery and their products were only well-known in India. However, in 2004, the distillery began selling their single-malt in Scotland. Today, Amrut products are sold in over 40 countries around the world.
PRODUCTION DETAILS: The Amrut distillery does not give away its secrets in regards to how their Amrut Fusion is made. However, we do know that whisky is traditionally made of (mostly) corn, barley, and rye as the base. Since the final product is heavily influenced by oak spices, we can assume the alcohol is aged in oak barrels for a considerable amount of time before the final product is bottled and sold.