Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky
Nose: Heavy, thickly oaked, and complex: some curious barley-sugar notes here shrouded in soft smoke. Big, but seductively gentle, too;
Taste: The delivery, though controlled at first, is massive! Then more like con-fusion as that smoke on the nose turns into a warming, full-blown peat, but it far from gets its own way as a vague sherry trifle note (curious, seeing how there are no sherry butts involved) – the custard presumably is oaky vanilla – hammers home that barley – fruitiness to make for a bit of a free-for-all, but for extra food measure the flavors develop into a really intense chocolate fudge middle which absolute resonates through the palate;
Finish: A slight struggle here as the mouthfeel gets a bit puffy here with the dry peat and oak; enough molasses sweetness to see the malt through to a satisfying end, though. Above all the spices, rather than lying down and accepting their fate, rise up and usher this extraordinary whisky to its exit.