Nilgiri mountains are part of the western Ghats of India, over 7000 ft above sea level; offering an array of botanicals that exhibit an indigenous flavour to some of the commonly available species and herbs. Nilgiris has a vast area dedicated to tea plantation and grows a variety of Indian spices. The research included multiple trips to the Nilgiris, foraging numerous botanicals and distilling them individually and as a part of a compound recipe; understanding its organoleptic nuances within a broad flavour chart. The use of Nilgiris tea and spices are a fitting representation of the rich flavours the blue mountains has to offer.
A very interesting little whisky from Amrut, this is unpeated and aged in American oak bourbon barrels before a finish in port pipes, especially imported from Portugal. Nose: sherry (dark fruit) forward, a touch aggressive, cherries, cinnamon, oak, something vegetal in the background, and a hint of umami, like a dark soy sauce. Palate: very fruity at first, a bit brighter than what is expected from the nose, Christmas cake, then some heat from the alcohol, oak tannins kick in on the back end. Finish: medium length, maraschino cherries, oak spices, candied pecans, a little coconut lingering.
Amrut Spectrum 004, a Single Malt Whisky by Amrut aged in a special cask made of 4 different Oaks.
Nose : Raisins, rum, nougat, figs, oranges, tiramisu, cocoa, caramel, coffee, dried fruit, burnt rubber.
Taste : Sherry, rum, butterscotch, chocolate, prunes, molasses, pecans, walnuts, almonds, English wine gum.
Finish : Caramelized almonds, old cognac, apricots, Brazil nuts.
This is a special peated single malt whiskey.
The whiskey base is procured from another distillery, matured in charred American oak casks and polished at Amrut. Neidhal “is our first independent bottling,” and the first Chapter of our journey with this series of uncharted waters.
Nose: Notes of tropical fruits, vanilla punctuated by soft phenols, and above all sea salt.
Taste : Notes of fruit cocktail and mesmerizing phenols with a touch of iodine.
Finish : Finish is phenolic with a touch of sweet vanilla.