Review: Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky
We’ve been fans of the Indian distillery Amrut for some time (reviews can be found here and here), but haven’t previously reviewed one of their most popular offerings, Amrut Fusion. This NAS single malt whisky was introduced in 2009 and has a popular following around the world. Its name derives from the fact that it is a fusion of two four-year-old whiskies, both of which were aged in ex-bourbon barrels in India. Four years is a significant amount of time for whisky in India, where the warm weather encourages rapid aging in the barrel. 75% of the blend derives from unpeated Indian barley and 25% from peated Scottish barley. Let’s give it a try.
Poured in a glass, Amrut Fusion is light golden in color, which reflects its aging in ex-bourbon barrels. On the nose, bold notes of vanilla, citrus, raisins, and cereal malt are joined by a touch of salinity for a surprisingly complex experience. I sat with it for a while, enjoying the different aromas that come out of the glass.
On the palate, Amrut Fusion opens with light smoke from its peated Scottish barley but then quickly moves on to caramel, honey, brininess, and cereal notes. The finish is fairly long as the flavors slowly dissipate into the barest hints of honey and smoke. There is a lot going on here, and much to appreciate. For a whisky of this quality, it is a pleasure to note that it seems widely available and reasonably priced.