Amrut Special Reserve / Cask Strength / TWE 10th Anniversary

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Amrut Special Reserve / Cask Strength / TWE 10th Anniversary
70cl / 63%
Indian Single Malt Whisky
The Whisky Exchange
Bottled by TWE at its full take-no-prisoners 63%, our Amrut Special Reserve's bark might seem a bit scary at full strength, but with a dash of water it quickly rolls over and lets you tickle its tummy, revealing a delightful confluence of honeyed malt, fruit and oak. This exuberant little charmer might just be one of the bargains of the year.
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CountryIndiaBottlerThe Whisky ExchangeBottling StatusDiscontinuedSeriesTWE 10th Anniversary
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Tim F

Nose:  Rich, with strong natural caramel and malt loaf aromas. Honeysuckle, baked pastry and polished wood. A couple of minutes development brings baked apple and clove oil - leave it for longer and notes of damson sponge cake and an almost rum-like molasses quality emerge.  Water adds a creamy character and reveals the sponge more quickly.

Palate:  Good weight.  Very, very powerful, dry and warming at cask strength, with roasted malt flavours, assertive oak and a strong dash of black pepper.  Water, however, brings out a delicious honeyed malt character, with bourbonesque notes of seasoned wood, scones, plummy fruits, a wisp of woodsmoke & leafy hints.  A picnic on a park bench.

Finish: A bit too hot to handle at full strength.  When water is added (and this swims very well), the finish becomes a far more pleasing intermingling of honey, malt and oak.

Comment:  A mature malt, confident and well-rounded.  Possibly a bit over-assertive at its eye-watering full strength, but it really blossoms with water. A hugely enjoyable unpretentious dram, more than making up in exuberance what it might lack in sophistication.

Customer Reviews:(2 reviews)
Tried this in-shop the other day. I liked it. Fudgey and a really good mouth-feel. Have to say I found it remarkably easy-going at full-strength (all things considered!)
- Mr Claw, 28th Sep '10
An absolutely cracking Amrut , very similar to the early 2006 Special Bottlings imo , a worthy addition to the Amrut shelf !
- Gordon (Spirit of Islay), 24th Sep '10
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