India isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of Whisky, and NO, Indian Whiskies are no joke.
The distillery's name Amrut comes from Indian mythology and the word means Nectar of life in Sanskrit. In Indian mythology the forces of evil (Rakshas) and good (the Gods) were fighting each other in a war with a mythical snake (Adishesha), itself tied around a golden mountain in the midst of an ocean. The fight stirred the waves and a pot containing divine liquid rose up. Anyone who drank this liquid would be given eternal life.
Amrut Intermediate Sherry is a special dram indeed. It was first aged in a combination of Bourbon and new oak casks. Then it was filled into Sherry butts for a period of time (the first time this was done!). Finally, it was re-filled back into the Bourbon and new oak barrels. What’s the idea here? Bangalore’s slightly more dynamic climate than Scotland’s helps the Whisky mature more quickly and after its time in the Sherry cask, finishing it off back in American oak allows the two wood influences to marry and integrate better. Did it work? Oh yes.