A friend who is traveling in India (visiting family) has offered to bring back a bottle of Indian Whisky for me. I have begun to do some research, but tasting notes are scarce. I understand some of the controversies around Indian whiskies, but I am intrigued considering the rapid growth of this market.
So far, I have asked her to bring back a bottle of AMRUT Single Malt, Amrut Distillery. From what I have read, it is the first Indian whisky to meet EU Regulations and Jim Murray gives it a pretty sound score of 82 in the 2006 Bible. Another whisky which has caught my eye is from the Sikkum Distilleries - Sikkum Special, Sikkum Old Gold Premium and Sikkum Shangrila Whiskey.
I have just begun to scratch the surface on this subject, but welcome any tasting notes or listing of bottlings.
Thanks for any advice and comments.
And Lawrence made this note on the forum :
Sikkum Indian Single Malt Quite literally like gasoline. Shock & horror. Undrinkable.
In fact, you dont know half how surpsised I was! I got a sample of it at first from Chris at the Quaich bar. When I then sampled it the manager of Amrut came into the bar, who then showed me murray's note, and we discussed some more about his malt.
Anyway, not a regular dram, but has a lot of characteristics of a very mature speysider. The big difference in climate is said to contribute so much to its speedy maturation. Which could be so, as people from the Scottish trade say as well that lowlanders mature faster then highlanders due to a warmer climate year round.
Bond wrote:Strangely, Amrut is not sold in India!
Have been using all my "influence" to lay my hands on one but in vain.
A special thank you. Because of your help, I am far more informed this evening than I was earlier today. Great stuff!! I was particularly surprised to discover that Amrut is NOT sold in India! (No Man, indeed, a very helpful first post.) I will now have to cross that whisky off of my list.
Jeroen, I appreciated your Amrut tasting notes which I read on your site. It sounded like you had a pretty unique experience to have met Amrut's Distillery Manager, Sukinder Kumar, while tasting Amrut whisky for the first time. That doesn't happen to too many people. Out of curiousity, did Mr. Kumar explain why Amrut is not sold in India?
For the moment, I am not too sure at all which whisky I will ask my friend to bring back for me... I don't think it will be Sikkum.
I welcome additional information, if anyone wants to add more to the subject.
I decided to write Amrut Distilleries for more information. Yesterday, I was very happy to receive a reply from Fiona Laing, Communications Consultant, Amrut Distilleries Ltd who kindly confirmed that Amrut Single Malt Whisky is still not sold in India. In Ms. Laing’s note, she also stated:
North America is on the horizon for Amrut sales, but a decision was taken to launch in Europe, (Scotland first) and establishing a brand takes time. Please be patient!
Ms. Laing also forwarded an interesting article from anglow, http://www.anglow.net/, see March ‘06 – of whisky and whiskey around the world: an interview with Indian, American and Scottish distillers. It is well worth the read.
Personally, I have found the story behind the Bangalore-based Amrut Single Malt Whisky very interesting especially since it caught me off guard to learn that the whisky was not available in India. In my search for the authentic Indian Whisky tasting experience, Amrut Single Malt Whisky developed into a multi layered story that captures the entrepreneur spirit, tradition, risk and culture. All great stuff in my books!
Bullie wrote:Islay Inactive:
Port Ellen 1983 Closed (Rebuilt into offices, stills now active in India)
Does this mean we can buy an Indian Port Ellen soon?
Does anyone know which Distillery in India is using the Port Ellen stills? I initially jumped to conclusion thinking it was Amrut Distilleries, but on second thought that doesn't have to be the case.
Try this link and let us know it they look at all alike to the Amrut.
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