A fascinating Single Malt produced in India from barley grown at the base of the Himalayas. Amrut whisky was first launched in 2004, and at the time was the first single malt to be made in India. Amrut Distilleries however, have been around since 1948, mainly distilling Indian Made Foreign Liquor (spirit produced in the style of a liquor not native to the nation). It takes its title from a Sanskrit word, which translates as “elixir of life”, and in Hinduism, this substance is the drink of the divines. Quite an expectation to live up to! Yet Amrut succeeds in this, creating a whisky of a unique and flavoursome character. The whisky is distilled very slowly, for 14 hours, increasing the contact between the spirit and the still, and producing a whisky largely free from impurities. As the temperatures in Indian are far in excess of those found in Scotland, the aging process is accelerated. As such, drinkers are likely to be greeted with a richer, oakier whisky than they anticipated. This is a whisky that puts the malted barley right at the heart of the spirit, with huge barley and grain flavours, accompanied by the tropical fruits of the ex-bourbon barrel. One of the shining stars of the world whisky scene.