The Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured is one of many notable single malt whiskies coming out of India. This whisky is unique because, as its name suggests, it spends part of its maturation period in sherry casks. This, of course, changes the entire nature of the malt.
The Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured, like Scotch whiskies, begins and ends its maturation process in bourbon casks. However, unlike Scotch whiskies, it goes from bourbon casks to sherry casks, and back to bourbon to complete maturation. This gives it that distinctive flavor that we associate with scotch but sweetened and softened by the sherry influence. It should be noted that Scotch whisky was once matured exclusively in sherry casks, so this unusual flavor may be more similar to traditional scotch than even a Scottish product.
Amrut is one of India’s most distinguished distilleries and this is one of its finer products. Like the other products from this whisky maker, the Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured is complex and decidedly different from other countries’ whiskies. It is unique and quite enjoyable if you are able to let go of the idea that whisky should be peat-y and have a distinct dryness.
New distilleries around the world are revolutionizing the world of single malts with new processes that bring out unprecedented flavors. While many whisky connoisseurs rebel at this idea, I personally enjoy it. While there is always room in my whisky cabinet for a classic peaty malt, it is interesting and educational to sample the new flavors and tastes that other countries are able to produce.
Nose: 21/25. The first thing that you will notice about the nose is the sweetness. Notes such as molasses, sugar cane, and even plum make up Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured’s first impression. Undertones of citrus fruit and grass give the sweetness balance. The flavors are surprisingly little like sherry, although the sherry cask has obviously donated the sweeter elements.
Palate: 22/25. Much like the nose, the first impression in the mouth is that of sweet fruit with a hint of citrus and a note of spice. This gradually opens up into fresh cut grass and a little sour lemon. The texture is just right, neither too thick nor too thin.
Finish: 24/25. The finish is perhaps the real ‘star’ among this whisky’s elements. It is long and laden with a variety of tropical fruit flavors. There is a little spice and a little peat smoke, but the overall impression is lingering sweetness.
Character: 20/25. The Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured is well-balanced and complex, but it is so sweet that it is unlike any other whisky experience that we have had. The sweetness makes it difficult to discern any wood or smoke flavors, and there is only the suggestion of peat. It is not like a sherry, but not like a whisky necessarily. It is a whisky that every connoisseur should try just to sample the way whisky is being interpreted in new markets and by new distilleries.
Overall Rating For Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured Whisky: 87/100.