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Amrut

The Amrut distillery was founded in 1948 as Amrut Laboratories. Established by Shri J N Radhakrishna, the company started blending and bottling various alcoholic beverages. During the 1950s and 1960s, Amrut launched products for the Indian armed forces as well as the general market; products included the dark rum Amrut XXX and Silver Cup Brandy. During the 1970s, Amrut began marketing a grape brandy called Bejois, made from Bangalore blue grapes.

It was not until the 1980s that the company began producing malt whisky. The guidelines for what constitutes a whisky in India are decidedly lax, in fact 90% of whisky consumed in India is made from molasses and blended malt whisky can contain as little as 4% malt whisky. Amrut strived to provide a better product that would meet global requirements and employed the help of whisky experts from Scotland to perfect the processes. The barley is specially grown in the foothills of the Himalayas and the whisky is matured at 3,000ft at Bangalore. Due to the tropical conditions, the whisky matures extremely quickly. As much as fifteen percent abv is lost every year to the angel’s share, thus it is unwise to mature it for much more than a few years, lest the product drops below forty percent abv and ceases to be whisky.

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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)
$80.16
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)
$119.76
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
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
$123.98
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
$75.18
A natural cask strength release from the Amrut distillery, awarded 93.5 points by Jim Murray.  More info
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$70.13
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
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
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
$270.11
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
$133.39
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
User Rating:  Rating (2.5/5)
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
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$116.44
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
$44.33
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
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$48.06
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
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
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$101.24
A double charcoal-filtered rum produced in India. Packaged in a distinct bell-shaped bottle.  More info
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$24.66

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