Amrut Relees World’s First Ever Multi-wood Barrel Single Malt Whisky

Amrut SpectrumAmrut releases world’s first ever multi-wood barrel Single Malt Whisky – Amrut Spectrum

Amrut Distilleries, Bangalore known the world over for their popular single malts such as the Fusion, Naarangi, Herald and Greedy Angels have launched the Amrut Spectrum ® single malt, the first ever whisky in the world to be produced in a custom barrel made with not one,  but five different types of Oak. This whisky is expected to be at the forefront of innovation in the world of whisky and has anticipations running high amongst the whisky pros.

Amrut Distilleries, based in Bangalore, India is a boutique distillery known for their award winning  single  malt  whiskies.  Amrut  recently  concluded  10  years after  the  launch  of their malts in 2004 in Glasgow, Scotland by N.R. Jagdale, the Managing Director through his son Rakshit  &  his  friend  Ashok.  The  brand  peaked  in  the  limelight  in  2010  when  acclaimed whisky writer, Jim Murray rated the Amrut Fusion with 97/100 points voting it the ‘3rd finest whisky in the world’ putting behind over 4000 whiskies. Amrut is also the only Indian whisky to feature in Ian Buxton’s ‘101 whiskies to have before you die’.

The  latest  offering  from  Amrut – the  Spectrum,  is  expected  to  put  Amrut  on  top  of  the game, yet again. To make this whisky, malts were initially matured for a period of 3 years in ex-Bourbon barrels after which they were transferred to a custom built barrel. This barrel was constructed at an undisclosed location in Europe with the help of a few experts. Whisky is traditionally  aged  in  a  barrel  made  of  one  type  of  wood,  which  lends  the  flavor  and complexities  to  the  malt,  however,  Amrut  wanted  to  experiment  with  a  barrel  with  five different  types  of  wood.  This  however  presented  a  challenge,  as  each  wood stave had different thickness and properties.

The  problem  was  addressed  in  Europe  with  an  indigenous  solution;  five  different  barrels were  made,  each  of  a  different  type  of  wood,  and  corresponding  staves  removed  to  be stitched  together  in  one  barrel.  The barrel therefore  consisted  of  a  mix  of  new  American Oak, new French Oak, new Spanish Oak, ex-PX cask sherry cask stave & ex-Olorosso sherry cask stave. The five different woods, some old, some new, were expected to unleash a level of complexity on the malt unlike ever before in the
centuries of whisky making.

Testing the malt:
Once  the  malt  had  aged  in  these new casks  for  a  period  of three  and  a  half years  and  bottled,  Amrut  decided  to  take  another  bold  stand  by  not  releasing  the  tasting  notes themselves  and  let  the  consumers  decide.  So  off  went  Ashok  Chokalingam,  Senior  GM, International Operations, to Malmo, Sweden for a tasting session at the leading whisky club:
Press Release – 12 November 2015 | Amrut Distilleries Private Limited, Bangalore, India.

Biskopen Gustavs Maltklubb. The session was also attended by Ingvar Ronde, the author of Malt Whisky Year Book, Sweden and he along with the 40 other people in attendance were absolutely amazed. To quote Ingvar after the tasting, “One of the most innovative whiskies I´ve tried in a long time and one of the best this year. With three years in ex bourbon barrels and another three and half years in casks made of – wait for it – new American oak, new French  oak,  new  Spanish  oak,  ex  PX  sherry  cask  stave  and  ex  Oloroso  sherry  cask  stave. That´s right, five different types of oak in one cask. I can´t remember when I last experienced such a complexity of flavours in one whisky and at the same time, everything was in balance. I  got  coffee,  chocolate,  tobacco,  cinnamon,  cardamom,  clove,  orange  preserve, sandalwood, walnuts, pecans, stracciatella and cocoa. This is pushing boundaries and whisky making at its best and I love it!”

Says Ashok after the tasting, “It is the most exciting time at the distillery. As a team we have stitched this together and yet another time pushed the boundaries of innovation in whisky making.  Perhaps  for  the  first  time,  we  have  asked  a  whisky  club  to  give a  go  on  Official Tasting  Notes.  In  a  way  I  am  happy  with  that  as  I  am  dealing  with  perhaps  the  most knowledgeable  consumer  group  in  the  world  on  single  malt  whiskies.  This  is  another approach  from  Amrut  to  show  the  inclusiveness  of  the  high  end  and  knowledgeable consumers to be part of our business. My sincere thanks to the people of Biskopen Gustavs Maltklubb for their contribution”

A limited release of 1000 bottles priced at £100/ bottle @ 50% abv, these malts will soon be available with select retailers in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada.

About Amrut Single Malt
Amrut Single Malt was launched in 2004 as an experiment by Amrut Distilleries, a Bangalore based conglomerate that started operations in 1948. Amrut was the first ever-Indian single malt  and  was  launched  in  Glasgow,  right  in  the  heart  of  Scotland.  The  whiskies  were received well across the world owing to their quality and have grown aggressively. Amrut now  bottles  around  18  expressions  of  single  malts,  which  are  sold  in  40  countries and growing.

Tasting Notes from Biskopen Gustavs Maltklubb
On the Nose: raisins, rum, nougat, figs, oranges, tiramisu, cocoa, caramel, coffee, dried fruit, burnt rubber
On  the  Palate: sherry,  rum,  butterscotch,  chocolate,  prunes,  molasses,  pecans,  walnuts, almonds, English wine gum
To the Finish: caramelized almonds, old cognac, apricots, Brazil nuts