As we’ve said on numerous occasions, if you play your cards right, whisky has the ability to take you on a journey around the world without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. Jules Verne took you around the world in 80 days via numerous modes of transportation. Whisky can take you around the world via thousands of expressions. While we’re totally up for the former, the latter is much for do-able.
Today’s whisky journey takes us to India for a Murder Table tasting of Amrut Fusion. As you can see in the thumbnail for today’s video, there wasn’t much left in the bottle as we’ve been slowly working our way through this spirit over the last two years. This whisky was acquired at the end of an around the world whisky tasting in the blind headed by Amrut’s US importer, our dear friend Raj Sabharwal (aka @WhiskyRaj on Twitter) of Glass Revolution Imports. This tasting, which was organized by our other dear friend, Rob, took place at the Union League in Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania is one of your weirder states when it comes to alcoholic beverages, so in order to play by their convoluted rules, Rob had to purchase the whiskies prior to the tasting (I believe there were 8 in total) which meant that whatever was leftover he was allowed to keep. Being the generous guy that he is, Rob was kind enough to share the spoils and let us choose a bottle to take home. The Amrut Fusion was one of the favorites of the night, so picking this as our parting gift was a no-brainer.
Now that you know how we got our grubby little mitts on this whisky, here are a few words about the Amrut distillery and their Fusion expression taken directly from the Glass Revolution Imports website:
Amrut Distillery is family owned and operated, located in Bangalore, India operating since 1948. Amrut buys bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Jack Daniels.
Fusion is made by combining 75% of the cask strength single malt and 25% of the Peated Single Malt Cask Strength. The combination is then further aged in ex-bourbon barrels for 6 to 9 months.
The barley is Peated in Inverness, Scotland at Bairds Malt.
The initial PPM level is between 25 to 30 however this starts to dissipate during shipping. The finished Peated Single Malt has a ppm level of between 15 to 18.
There is no age statement as maturation occurs at 3,000 ft with an average temperature of 91 degrees and humidity of 70% therefore the angel’s share is considerable and can be as high as 15% per year. (generally 2% in Scotland).
It is estimated that 1 year of aging in Bangalore = 3 years in Scotland.
Now that you know all that, click the play button on the following video to find out what we thought of Amrut Fusion:
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