Amrut Raj Igala, NAS, 40 %
The name refers to The King of Eagles. It is produced using Indian barley grown at the feet of the Himalayas. The Amrut Raj Igala is fully matured in ex-bourbon barrels, and released in small batches.
Nose: Hmm..at first this comes across as mainly oaky. Obviously I need to dive back in to find out more. Yep, oaky in the sense of sawdust and wet planks. Underneath that I find bananas, vanilla, caramel and hints of alcohol. It feels young, in a way I have not found in any Amrut whisky before. I find barley and cereal notes after a bit.
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Caramel, banana, pears and black peppercorns. Toasted oak and sugary sawdust.
Finish: Medium to short finish. Caramel with a touch of burnt toast with orange marmalade. Watery towards the end.
Comments: A bit of a let down, especially when I know to what heights Amrut can soar. This eagle does not reach the sky for me. More of an entry level dram, perhaps.
Image from Master of Malt.