Thanks to /u/devoz for this sample.
Indian heat and whisky methods, European Rye, Amrut yeast, and a friendly competition between two obsessive Canucks.
That’s what’s lead us here. An assortment of international reasons that have lead me here.
Amrut Rye seems insane. A company that makes Single Malts in a very distinctive Scottish way. The last thing I expected from them was a dram that was American in style. I enjoy rye for what they are, with big orange and floral notes.
I’ve had rye made with European rye as well. They are different from American, and one of the few times I truly believe in terroir.
I’ve had ryes that were hyper aged. A lot of American ones, and even the odd Canadian one that wasn’t. The difference is quite interesting. I prefer the hyper aged ones.
And I’ve had my fair share of Amruts, in the aforementioned competition to be King of Amrut reviews here on reddit. Have to garner that crown back from /u/devoz. And he’s helping by suppling the sample.
Granted I’ve had very few malted ryes, so a single malt rye is new. Let’s see how this tastes, shall we?
Price: N/A in Canada at the moment
Colour: 10YR 6/8
Nose: White peach, caramel, roses, bread dough, cassia buds
O…kay. This… alright, come on TOModera, you got this. You have reviewed odd whiskies before.
Alright, first off, how does this smell like a rye? There’s some spice. Light amount of cinnamon/cassia buds. And there’s some floral elements, though subtle. Nice amount of caramel notes
And… then the yeast and probably the super heat ends up giving it this strong fruitiness. And there’s a bread dough note that I’m used to in Irish whiskey. If you gave me this blind, I’d say it’s an Irish whiskey. Which just adds another country into this international gang bang.
Taste: Cherry, papaya, sauerbraten, cocoa, lemon, caramel bite candies
Alright, confused again. This tastes like it has been in a sherry cask. Or that it’s quite old and a bourbon and has big fruit.
Not to mention big pops of caramel throughout. Nice amount of acid. Confusing to drink this.
Finish: Lemon, melon, dry sand, quince, honey, wood shavings, lime
Long finish. Dry. This now tastes like a rye. Which is odd, because… well, holy damn, the rest of it didn’t taste like a rye, and now it does? Where am I? What am I doing?
Odd dram. Maybe a little more dry than it needs to be at the end. The dryness goes through different aspects, but seriously is on the cusp on being one noted.
Conclusion: This is odd. There’s elements that scream rye, but the fact of the matter is the Amrut yeast is pretty powerful. The fruit and spice elements of it are evident. The whole thing has a different profile from each day to the next.
This is different. This changes things up. It’s odd. It’s new. It makes me want to have some American distilleries make a Single Malt but do whatever they want. Or have some Indian whisky makes do Canada next.
This is a must have, just to have it.
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