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Amrut Fusion – East Meets West

by Michael Orson     30. November 2009 17:21

At Master of Malt, we’ve loved Amrut’s releases over the years, especially the awesome cask strength bottlings! Now Jim Murray has declared Amrut Fusion to be the Third Finest Whisky in the World with a whopping 97 points, we thought we’d have to offer our thoughts…

A little about the distillery…

The Amrut distillery was founded in Bangalore (or Bengaḷūru as it's known in India), an area known as India’s Silicon Valley. Originally producing dark rums and brandy, it wasn’t until the ‘80s that Amrut began to distil single malt.

Interestingly, Indian whisky is bottled after only a few years of ageing. The reason for this is the intense climate which speeds maturation to the extent that 12% of each barrel is lost every year to the angels’ share (more than 6 times that of Scotland!).

To create something completely original Amrut distilled Fusion from both Indian and Scottish barley and before tasting we’re already expecting Amrut’s trademark fruity, malty house style, so here goes…

Amrut Fusion 50% £33.95

Nose: Off the bat we’re on malt and rich dark chocolate. Deep and punchy with hints of dry sherry, chocolate raisins and a touch of cola extract.

Palate: Whoa! Massive barley character, honey too. Tangy high notes of sloes and plums. Creamy and balanced.


Finish: Great length, malt and fruit. Then a hoppy development and perhaps a hint of turmeric?


Overall: Really mature and rounded. Very sophisticated.

Amrut has come into its own with Fusion. Every flavour knows its place; this just doesn’t put a foot wrong. How they’ve managed it at such a price is beyond us! A tour de force.

 - The Chaps at Master of Malt

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11/30/2009 3:05:45 AM #

I completely agree.  Fusion is the best of the line (although I have not had the Two Continents).  There is a balance that is lost in the other expressions which are overly sweet to my palate.  From what I understand of Indian whisky, this one will probably be the least popular in India but the most popular abroad.  More for us!  And with an agreeable price point too.  

Matt G. United States

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