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Amrut 6 Year Old “K&L Exclusive” Ex-Oloroso Sherry Butt #3890 Unpeated Indian Barley Indian Single Malt Whisky

“This gorgeous ex-Oloroso butt is easily the best Indian malt I’ve ever had and one of the most delicious malts of any kind I’ve had in at least the last year.”

 David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits Buyer

We’re used to seeing some incredibly singular spirits come through our doors via our Exclusive Cask program, but we’re certain we’ve never seen anything like this otherworldly 6 Year Old Ex-Oloroso Sherry Butt Single Malt from India’s iconic Amrut distillery. Our spirits team has been waiting with baited breath for years to bring you a single-cask bottling from this inimitable producer, and today’s the day. Amrut runs their production much like an old-school Scotch distillery, with hands-on craftsmanship taking precedence over modern automation. The results are some of the most unique and authentic whiskies in the world, made all the more so by the intense, sub-tropical climate in which they age. Our own David Othenin-Girard was completely blown away by this indescribably beguiling cask when he called it “simply one of my favorite whiskies in the shop right now and maybe ever. A true gem.” With the kind of depth, density, and complexity we normally find in whiskies with over two decades of age behind them, this Amrut 6 Year Old cask presents an unparalleled expression that simply must be experienced to be believed. Collectors should beat a hasty path to get their hands on a bottle or three, because there is literally nothing else like it in the world of fine spirits.

Amrut 6 Year Old “K&L Exclusive” Ex-Oloroso Sherry Butt #3890 Unpeated Indian Barley Indian Single Malt Whisky (750ml) ($149.99)

K&L Notes: The award winning Amrut Distillery has been producing spirits in Bangalore since the 1940s, but it wasn’t until 2004 that the Amrut Single Malt was properly launched. The main plant where Amrut is made was built in 1987 and eschews the use of automation and computerization in favor of hands-on work. Production is very similar to Scottish single malt, save for the extreme climatic differences. The increased heat and humidity mean extremely fast maturation and high angel’s share. For all that we love about the wonderful Amrut malts, our one complaint has been the lack of availability of single-cask expressions. Until now!!! This is the first-ever single-cask offering from the exceptional Indian distiller and solidifies its place among the great malt purveyors by highlighting the true potential of raw, unblended single casks aged in the Bangalore heat. While this whisky carries a 6-year age statement, it drinks easily as if it had spent 20-25 years in barrel in Scotland. Unprecedented depth and richness, plus an altogether classic level of balance that is very rare for tropically aged malts. Many may skip over this extremely special and rare offering due to their preconceived notions of the potential for these Indian malts to deliver the goods, and they’d be doing themselves a grave disservice. We don’t believe there will be a more delicious sherried single cask available this year from any producer in ANY country.

David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 12, 2021

I can’t tell you how long I’ve been asking for single barrels from Amrut. It must have been at least a decade of begging and pleading with the importer to try to get it done. Ultimately, it was well worth the wait because the two casks that they ended up bottling are simply legendary. This gorgeous ex-Oloroso butt is easily the best Indian malt I’ve ever had and one of the most delicious malts of any kind I’ve had in at least the last year. There’s not much more I can say other than it’s time for anyone on the fence to come on down and get on board. Let’s taste! Color is a fabulous auburn. The nose starts out with powerful, old-school sherry character but doesn’t forget the malt behind the wine. Christmas cake, roasted chestnuts, new full-grain leather, dried plums, mango, gingerbread, and molasses cookies, an earthy chocolate maltiness to keep it tied up nicely. It’s not as aggressive as the port pipe or the Solist sherry and would much more readily be mistaken for an old-school Highland distillery than a modern tropical whisky. On the palate, it’s absolutely thick as oil and any perceived heat from the 120 proof is covered by the sweet, nutty sherry. More leather and now burnt orange peel, the old-schoolness of it is really the main attraction. Unctuous and long on the finish with a building exotic spice, some subtle black tea flavors, but far from feeling tannic or bitter at all. With a splash of water, both the tropical fruit and the spice are heightened, leaving some of the nutty savoriness behind on the nose, but not so much on the palate. Still ultra-rich and velvety, it has this wonderful duality of being both balanced and quite powerfully flavored. Simply one of my favorite whiskies in the shop right now and maybe ever. A true gem.

Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 12, 2021

Golden apples and raisins start things off on the nose. This beautiful, sherried Indian single malt packs a wallop of honey-roasted barley up front as well. The mid-palate is rich and supple, providing copious notes of maple syrup, baklava, and treacle. Roasted almonds and candied granola abound. The finish is big (the whisky is 60% ABV) but not overly hot. It lingers with a gentle sweetness and definitely encourages another sip. It’s a hell of a whisky from Amrut. If you haven’t taken note of this excellent single malt producer, now is the time. This is the bottle.

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