Golden-yellow color. Unusually dry peat aroma; not dissimilar to peat reek absorbed by an old leather armchair; a hint of citrus, too. Despite the nose, the immediate sensation is of being caressed by molasses and then a ratching up of the peat notes. As they get more forceful, the experience becomes a little bit drier and spicier, though not without the molasses refusing to give way. You can tell the quality of the distillate and the barrels it has been matured in by the crystalline depth in the finish. Everything is clear on the palate and the butterscotch vanillas wrap up the phenols for a comfortable and clean finish.
The name "Amrut" comes from an ancient Indian mythology. Legend has it that gods and demons seeking immortality churned the mythical Ocean of Milk to obtain the elixir of immortal life. They used Mount Mandara (AKA Mount Meru) as the pestle and the divine serpent, Adhishesha, as the rope. To their dismay, the first thing to emerge out of the churning was Halahala, a most-virulent poison. Shiva came to their rescue by swallowing the poison and his wife, Parvati, trapped the poison in his throat. As a result, Shiva's neck turned blue, leading to the sobriquet of Neelakanta, the blue-throated one. After further churning, a golden pot sprang out containing the elixir of life. This was called the "Amrut." As a producer of drinks that offer lasting pleasure, the great founders of the company thought it apt to name it Amrut Distilleries. Amrut Single Malt Whisky Peated is a product of many years of research and development with an aim to produce world-class whiskies. This whisky is made from the finest imported Scottish-peated barley. It is carefully mashed and distilled in small batches to preserve the natural aromas and matured in oak barrels in unique tropical conditions at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level at Bangalore, the "garden city" of India. To retain the natural characteristics of this oak-aged Indian single-malt whisky, it is not chill filtered in order to preserve the natural color and flavor. This bottling of Amrut Single Malt Peated Whisky offers the whisky connoisseur the rare opportunity to savor this unique peated treasure of India.