Amrut Spectrum Review
- 50% ABV
So a little disclaimer going into this review, I am a huge fan of Amrut, and normally go out of my way to try new releases by them. 2016 featured a number of unique and great new releases, and my favourite among them was Amrut Spectrum.
A first in the world of whisky, aged initially for three years in bourbon barrels, Amrut Spectrum was finished for a further three-and-a-half years in a unique cask. Made with staves from a combination of five different types of wood: new oak from America, France and Spain, along with ex-Oloroso- and ex-Pedro-Ximenez sherry.
Nose: Caramel, raisins, dark chocolate, cherries and oak. Lots of big flavors.
Palate: Spicy, rich and in no way subtle. Intriguing mix of both PX and oloroso sherry. Coffee, cherry cola, tropical fruits. Dry oak. Flavors are all over the place, transitions from fruity and heavy on sherry, to dry and oaky, with leather. Mixed with the Amrut spirit adding those tropical elements and spice. Intense. The various barrel components stand out.
Finish: Long and lingering, spicy and fruity. Coffee, oak, sherry and honey with pepper flowing throughout. Great satisfaction as the finish evolves on your tongue.
Overall: I am trying to get another bottle of this. I want more. Unique and wonderful, absolutely worth trying, you can keep picking out more and more. Peeling back layer after layer. A surprising amount of heat for 50% ABV, but I love this bottle. The experimentation with the unique cask paid dividends for Amrut. Apparently a second release is in the works.