Type: Single Malt
Score: 92 points
Possibly the most unusual single malt Amrut produces…it’s matured just like the regular Amrut peated malt, except that at the end, the spirit goes into special 100-liter virgin American oak casks for final maturation. The final product is then bottled in 100cl (1 liter) bottles at the old 100 British Proof standard (57.1% ABV), with only 100 bottles destined for a specific nation.
My sample of the U.S. version had notes of dark chocolate, orange peel, wet leather, campfire embers, and hints of hazelnut and caramel on the nose. The taste is bold and fiery with chili peppers, curry powder, and black pepper that blast the palate before fading to reveal citrus tartness and a subtle ashiness, along with chocolate, almond, and hints of fruit. The finish is long and subtly spicy with oak, smoke, and a mild citrusy tartness. (August, 2013)