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Indian Whisky

Indian whiskies are fruity and malty. They are often examples of youthful exuberance, enjoyable and of a defined style in their own right. Plenty of tropical fruit and toffee, of late there have been a few peaty offerings too. India’s climate proffers a speedy maturation. The temperature is such that the angel’s share accounts for a loss of around twelve percent alcohol by volume per annum. Thus, Indian whiskies tend to be much younger than their Gaelic counterparts.

The first traditional single malt distillery was Amrut, established in 1948 in Bangalore. Forty years later McDowell’s distillery in Goa began malt whisky production. Indian whisky and Indian single malt whisky, however, are very often like chalk and cheese. The regulations are decidedly lax and in India, whisky is a spirit distilled from molasses. The recent insurgence of single malt Indian whisky has been produced to the Scottish Whisky Association’s strict regulations.

Indian Whisky
A great peated offering from India's Amrut, "from the land of the Great Himalayas". Jim Murray speaks very highly of this, giving it 94 points. Rich and intense.  More info
$58.69
Paul John Brilliance
(70cl, 46%)
Produced by John Distilleries in Goa, India, the Paul John range of single malt whiskies (named after their Chairman) represents a move into premium spirits for a company who are already big players...  More info
$63.73
Paul John Edited
(70cl, 46%)
'Edited' is an Indian single malt whisky created by Master Distiller Michael John using Indian 6-row barley as well as peated Scottish barley. The final vatting contains 15% of the peated spirit with...  More info
$70.45
Amrut Kadhambam
(70cl, 50%)
Matured in 3 different cask-types - 'Bangalore Blue Brandy' casks (sounds exciting huh?), Rum casks, and Oloroso Sherry Butts. Sure to sell out super-quick.  More info
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$108.46
Named intermediate for the fact that the whisky started its maturation in Bourbon casks, went into Sherry, then back into Bourbon to complete its maturation.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$119.10
A natural cask strength release from the Amrut distillery, awarded 93.5 points by Jim Murray.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$78.07
Amrut Fusion
(70cl, 50%)
Jim Murray’s Third Finest Whisky in the World for 2010, Amrut Fusion is distilled from barley from Scotland and India, making this a true fusion of countries.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
$77.47
Amrut Two Continents
(70cl, 46%)
Interesting this one - matured for part of its life in India, then shipped over to Europe for the final three years. An interesting experiment, and one which makes us wonder if the reverse might not...  More info
100-proof Peated Malt from comparative newcomer Amrut. In our view, Amrut's malts have gone from strength to strength over the years, and although India is new to the world of malt production, the...  More info
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A peated, cask strength whisky from Amrut. Distilled from Scottish peated barley with peat levels of 23 ppm, given 92 points by Jim Murray.  More info
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Distilled from barley grown at the North West of India. Amrut mature their single malt in New American Oak and ex-bourbon before bottling.  More info
$44.08
Amrut Herald
(70cl, 60.80%)
An interesting experiment from the chaps at Amrut, who shipped four bourbon barrels 5,000 miles from Bangalore to the remote German Island of Helgoland to finish their maturation. The result is a more...  More info
$132.66
The second edition of Amrut Two Continents, this is aged in refill bourbon barrels, and there are just 1,260 bottles in the world. Very good indeed!  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$100.68
Distilled from barley grown at the North West of India. Amrut mature their single malt in New American Oak and ex-bourbon before bottling.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (2.5/5)
$47.80
Amrut Greedy Angels
(70cl, 50%)
You have probably heard about the angels' share, whereby a certain amount of whisky is lost each year due to evaporation (casks are not air-tight vessels of course, they breath and it's a good job...  More info
$268.62
Single cask release of Indian single malt whisky from John Distilleries, made with unpeated barley and matured in bourbon barrels in Goa. Afterwards, it was bottled, with no chill-filtering or...  More info
$101.18
Amrut Portonova
(70cl, 62.10%)
A very interesting little whisky from Amrut, this is unpeated and aged in American oak bourbon barrels before a finish in port pipes, especially imported from Portugal. Lovely stuff!  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$115.79

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