For the Amrut Distillery no distance is too far to combine the best ingredients for whisky with their extraordinary production methods
© amrutdistilleries.com | Amrut logo The history of the Amrut Distillery is quite young compared to other for example Scottish distilleries. But having a closer look on its homeland India, it becomes noticeable that the company was founded in the youngest years of the independent nation. It was in 1948 when Shri J.N. Radhakrishna, who was also known as J.N.R , founded the company. By providing liquor for the military, he established a growing business that benefited from relatively constant sales.
© amrutdistilleries.com | Amrut destillery In 1976, after J.N.R. passed away, his son Shri Neelakanta Rao Jagdale took over the company and pushed it on an international level. From selling liquor to the Canteen Stores of the Ministry of Defence and to costumers around Bangalore, it made a big step towards a decentralised production, what means the production plants were spread in further Indian states, a wider product portfolio, a higher grade of cooperation with other companies and, of course, more sales markets around the world. This evolution made the Amrut Distillery a big global player today.
As mentioned above, the product portfolio broadened in the last decades. Today Amrut is not just selling different kinds of whisky but also brandy, rum, vodka and gin. Nevertheless, whisky is still the core competence of the distillery, even though the other spirits generate good profits as well. Besides various single malts, the company is selling some blended whiskies as well.
© amrutdistilleries.com | Amrut distillery tasting The barley that is used at the Amrut Distillery has a long journey before it is processed. It grows in the north at the foot of the Himalayas and absorbed the fresh melt water that comes from the mountains.
After harvesting the barley, it is sent 2500 kilometres south to Bangalore, where the distillery is placed. The facilities are to be found in the heart of the Mysore Plateau on about 900 meters above sea level. The location of the Amrut Distillery has a great impact on the whisky, especially during the maturing process.
Because of the high temperature a lot more whisky evaporates from the casks and the exchange of flavours between the spirit and the casks is speeded up. Thus, a ten year old whisky from Amrut is not to be compared with a Scottish ten years old malt.
Amrut s single malt product range:Amrut Indian Single Malt WhiskyClick here for more details Amrut Cask Strength Indian Single MaltClick here for more details
- Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky
This single malt won the gold medal at Jim Murray s Whisky Bible s Liquid Gold Award
- Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt Whisky
The dry peat aroma is the central theme of this single malt
- Amrut Fusion Indian Single Malt Whisky
Because this dram is made of a mix of Indian and Scottish barley, it was named Fusion
- Amrut Cask Strength
Rich and voluminous, with the power of 61.8 % alcohol
- Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt Whisky Cask Strength
Made of peated barley, this dram reaches a peat level of 23 ppm
- Amrut Narrangi
The Hindi word Narrangi means orange and is pointing to the particular characteristic of this malt. Because of the innovative maturing process, this whisky has a very fruity orange flavour
- Greedy Angels Chairman s Reserve 8 Years Old
A special bottling that was released to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Chairman Mr. Neel Jagdale
- Greedy Angels Chairman s Reserve 10 Years Old
The oldest whisky of Amrut so far. One should keep in mind that the maturing process is running much faster in India than in Scotland because of the high temperature
- Amrut Intermediate Sherry
This malt matured in a rather unusual way. First it was filled in ex-bourbon cask, then in sherry casks and finally back to the bourbon casks again
- Amrut Two Continents Single Malt Whisky
This malt had quite a journey before it was bottled. Its maturing period is split into two parts. The first phase is spent in India and for the second phase, the whisky is transported to Europe, where it could mature under cooler conditions for a second phase
- Amrut Portonova
This mellow dram is unpeated, matured in bourbon casks and finished in hand-selected port casks from Portugal
- Amrut Kadhambam
An excellent whisky that ripened in Oloroso sherry-, rum- and Bangalore Blue Brandy casks
- Amrut Double Cask
Two seven year old malts were blended together and form an unique character
- Amrut 100 Peated Single Malt
In 2010 this whisky was launched in a few countries the first time. 100 bottles with 100cl and 100 degree proof peated whisky where released
- Amrut Herald
Another whisky of Amrut that matured in two different places. The first period was spent in India and for the second period, it had to travel to the island Helgoland in Germany
And a short overview of the other Amrut whiskies:
- MaQ Scotch
A blend of Highland, Speyside and Scottish grain whiskies, and therefore a real Scotch
The best of Scottish and Indian malts manufactured to a delicious premium whisky
The Prestige portfolio consists of the Prestige Fine Whisky, the Prestige Blended Malt Whisky and the Prestige Rare Whisky