This week’s episode required 35 hours of flying and 17,000 miles of round-trip travel, but it was well worth it to visit Amrut’s distillery in Bangalore, India. We’ll catch up with Amrut’s Rick Jagdale to discuss a series of new Amrut single malts, including one that pays tribute to the excessively greedy angels in Amrut’s warehouses, and Rick will answer some of your questions about Amrut as well. In the news, Billy Walker’s investment team has added Glenglassaugh Distillery to their portfolio that already includes BenRiach and GlenDronach, Whisky Magazine announces this year’s winners of the World Whiskies Awards and the Icons of Whisky Awards, more whiskies receive honors in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and it’ll cost more for a dram of Scotch in Scotland after a UK tax increase.
Links: Amrut | Glenglassaugh | BenRiach | Dewar’s | Scotch Whisky Association | Diageo | Whisky Magazine | Ultimate Spirits Challenge | Heaven Hill | Ulf Buxrud’s Guide to Ichiro’s Malts | Ian Buxton’s Tomdachoille Estate
Another tax increase in UK’s Finance Ministry, shortly after Royal Mail stopped shipping whisky abroad!
Isn’t it time to move whisky to a more customer-friendly country ?? 😉
Well, they don’t levy that tax on whisky for export, so it could be worse…
Has Amrut tried taking any steps to cut down on the heavy Angel’s Share that they pay?
There’s not much they can do because of the climate, except to keep the warehouse doors sealed as much as possible. They do have at least one warehouse space below ground level underneath the bottling hall, and it’s noticeably cooler there, leading to a slightly smaller angel’s share.
Excellent interview with Rick Mark !
Sounds like you had a great time , one day soon i’ll get over to Bangalore myself !
Thanks…I’ll have the WhiskyCast HD episode ready soon!