Bought: Online Whisky Auction, 19th June 2015
89/100 – Whisky Bible 2009 (2007 bottle version)
72.93/100 – Whiskybase (average from 31 member votes)
Amrut Distillery first launched their single malt onto the world stage in Glasgow in 2004. This appears to have been a 40%, NAS (non-aged statement) bottling which scored 82/100 in early versions of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. If you’ve tried recent expressions of Amrut and are interested in how the single malt started, grabbing an early bottle at auction is your best chance. Watch out for it being 40% (they changed to 46%+ very quickly) and like the picture below.
Even though my bottle is a miniature it has the bottling date of 27/03/06 printed on it and ‘B.No-05’ which I’m assuming is the batch number. Until 2008 the Whisky Bible included a review of the bottling from 25/02/04 then in 2009 it changed to 26/06/07 for ‘B.No-06’. As this is so close to my version I decided to include the rating of 89/100. Jim Murray says of the taste “brilliant arrival with the oak and barley in tandem; both take turns at supremacy while the body feel excels with gentle oils constantly caressing, while balancing spices playfully nip”. He summarises with “as 40% abv malts go – from any country – this is pretty spot on.”
Here’s ‘Dram a Day’ giving us his thoughts on You Tube about this older-style Amrut miniature (Feb 2016):