02/07/2019 Amrut Distillery swoops up two special category awards at the 2019 Bartenders Spirits Awards
India’s Amrut Distillery’s Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky bagged a gold medal and seized the “World Whisky of the Year” award at the 2019 Bartenders Spirits Awards that took place in San Francisco, on May 19.
Amrut Distilleries also scooped up “World Whisky Producer of the Year”.
Amrut Fusion, released in 2009, was voted the 3rd best Whisky in the world by Whisky-guru Jim Murray. He did so, after tasting over 4000 whiskeys from all over the world.
Crafted in Bengaluru, India, Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whiskey has a very heavy, thickly oaked and a complex nose. You can also smell some curious barely-sugar notes in there shrouded in soft smoke. Though the delivery of this single malt whiskey is controlled at first, it is massive. The smoke on the nose turns into a warm, full-blown peat as vague sherry trifle notes with oaky vanilla are introduced. It also has barley-fruitiness to make for a bit of a free-for-all. For extra food measure, the flavors develop into a really intense chocolate fudge middle which resonates through the palate. There is a slight struggle at the finish as the mouthfeel gets a bit puffy with dry peat and oak. There is a molasses sweetness to see the malt through to a satisfying end, though. The spices, rather than lying down and accepting their fate, rise up and usher this extraordinary whiskey to its exit.
Amrut Distillery Private Limited was founded by late Shri J.N. Radhakrishna in 1948 under the name and style of Amrut Laboratories. Under the leadership of J.N.R, Amrut Distillery made rapid strides to entrench itself as a significant and preferred supplier of Indian Made Liquor (IML) in the Defence Market. In its state of origin, Karnataka, Amrut Distillery grew to be one of the most dominant suppliers, especially in the old Mysore area.
After the demise of J.N.R in 1976, the mantle devolved on his son, ShriNeelakanthaRao, the present Chairman and Managing Director of Amrut Distillery. Building on the solid foundations laid by his late father, he has seen Amrut Distilleries blossom into a multi-national brand respected as much for the superlative quality of its products as his campaign for transparent practices by the IML industry.
In the 1960s, Amrut Distilleries ventured into the Rectification and Distillation of Rum, and by 1970, an evolving market of India saw Amrut foray into a new side of things - the distillation of Brandy.
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