This is an NAS expression from Amrut (rumored 4-5 years old) and bottled at 61.8% ABV.
Nose: Caramelized, sweet oak with an acrid note. Slight isopropyl note buried beneath a big wave of malt with slight smoke. Strike me as similar to an Irish whisky profile.
Palate: Earthy malt with heavy does of dry oak and hay.
Finish: Quite sweet as it lingers with hay and ashy oak.
Rating: 88/100 – Again, reminds me of an Irish whisky to a degree blended with a Dallas Dhu/Glen Mhor in terms of the grass/hay notes.
Value for the money: It goes for around $70 retail which I think is a pretty fair price.
Amrut is a distillery based in India that has produced some interesting malts. One of the unique things about their malts it their young age compared to what you typically see in a malt. Due to the immense heat/humidity in India, the whisky tends to age much faster than a comparable scotch/bourbon. Thus, a roughly 4 year old malt like this one can end up tasting comparable to a 12+ year malt. This particular expression was aged in fresh and ex-bourbon barrels, moved to a port pipe for a few months, and then back into an ex-bourbon cask before being bottled at 62.1% ABV.
Nose: Nutty malt with very grape centric port influence. Seems more port matured rather than finished.
Palate: Tons of heat with banana, plums, bold port, and heavy spices
Finish: Bitter and hollow with young oak and the port turning much drier. The youth really shows here.
Rating: 86/100 – intense but the strong port and young malt make an interesting combo.
Value for the money: These retail around $125 which is a bit bold in my opinion for it’s young age. I’d be happy to pay around $50 or so for this which puts it in range with something like the Glenrmorangie Quinta Ruban.