Review 356: Amrut Naarangi

amrutnaarangiThe Naarangi is a very intriguing, inventive release from the Amrut distillers in India. Amrut filled casks with Oloroso sherry and added orange peels to them. This mixture was left to season the wood for over two years. Afterwards, three years old malt whisky was put in the casks and it was left to mature for an extra period of three years.

What they write on their site:

Amrut Naarangi the latest offering from Amrut, the ‘Naarangi’ derives its name from the Hindi word, Naarangi which means “orange.” It is the only single malt whisky ever produced in the world to have expressions of orange, which brings forth a new level of experimentation to the malt world.

Distillery:Amrut Distillery
Region:India
Location:Bangalore
Owner:Amrut Distilleries Ltd
Founded:1948
Status:Active
Water Source:Himalaya water
Stills:Unknown
Capacity:Unknown

Expression:Amrut Naarangi
Category:Single Malt
Bottled by:Amrut Distilleries Ltd
Age:6 Year
ABV (% Alc):50%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):Unknown
Distillation date:+/- 2008
Bottle date:12-2014
Vintage:N/a
Maturation:Oloroso Sherry Casks
Cask number:Batch No. 01
Bottle number:900 Bottles
Bottle content:70cl
Price (NL):Sold out.

Colour:
Old gold.

Smell:
A powerful, full, lush and well balanced whisky with aromas of dried fruits (apricots, figs, oranges, peach), orange marmalade, lush sherry, lemon zest, orange liqueur, white pepper, cinnamon, cereals, barley sugar, dark honey, fresh berries (mostly strawberries, raspberries and blackberries), sultanas, nutmeg, sweet clove, creamy oak, vanilla, subtle mocha, hint of eucalyptus, the is a faint hint of smoke, new leather, subtle varnish, earthy tones and antique oak.

Taste:
A strong, lush, full, intense and well balanced whisky with aromas of orange syrup, peper, chili, bitter orange marmalade, blood orange, orange juice, candied orange peel, grapefruit, cloves, cinnamon, peach, apricot, dried fruits (figs, dates, clementines, sultanas), pineapple, bitter chocolate, hint of coffee, bitter tannins, new leather, old books, subtle beeswax, varnish, creamy vanilla, rich honey, breakfast cereals, hint of mint, caramel, Steamed Orange Pudding and spicy oak.

Finish:
A long, warm and drying finish with aromas of orange syrup, bitter orange marmalade, barley, spices, white pepper, licorice, bitter chocolate, dried fruits, orange peel, tannins and powerful oak.

Disclaimer:
Taste and smell is very personal and highly depends on your preferences, mood and experience. So you can read my, and other peoples, tasting notes but there is nothing better than to taste it yourself.

Marks:
  • 8.6/10
    Smell: - 8.6/10
  • 8.9/10
    Taste: - 8.9/10
  • 8.7/10
    Finish: - 8.7/10
8.7/10

Conclusion:

I expected a whole lot more oranges (off all kinds) on the nose in this expression. But it’s done in a subtle way and is much more balanced than I expected. The palate shows more orange flavours. It’s a lovely expression of Amrut that shows a good depth of flavours and is well balanced. For me this is a great desert dram especially in combination with a fresh backed orange and raspberry Victoria sponge.