Amrut Distilleries (P) Ltd., Bangalore is a boutique distillery known for their award winning single malt whiskies. Amrut recently concluded 12 years of presence in the international markets and have launched the Amrut Greedy Angels Single Malt Whisky – 12 years old to commemorate this occasion. The distillery had launched their malts in 2004 in Glasgow, Scotland by N.R. Jagdale, the Managing Director through his son Rakshit & his friend Ashok and now the malts bear unmistakable shelf presence across 42 countries. The brand peaked in the limelight in 2010 when acclaimed whisky writer, Jim Murray rated the Amrut Fusion with 97/100 points voting it the ‘3rd finest whisky in the world’ putting behind over 4000 whiskies from brands across the world. Amrut is also the only Indian whisky to feature in Ian Buxton’s ‘101 whiskies to try before you die’.
Their latest and the most exclusive whisky so far, the ‘Greedy Angels – Chairman’s Reserve 12 years old’ is the first 12 year old single malt to ever come out of India and is also India’s most expensive whisky so far. Given the high temperatures and humidity in India the loss of whisky during maturation is close to 10-12% in comparison to Scotland’s 1-2%. This makes ageing of these malts a very tricky affair and the quantity left for bottling quite meager compared to what was started off with. A total of 100 bottles of these exquisite bottles are available and sailing to Europe & the United States of America. The specially designed package consists of a 750 ml crystal decanter bottled at 60% ABV with the name engraved in Gold ink. The package also consists of a two custom ‘Greedy Angels’ engraved Glencairn tasting glasses.
Industry Observers note that almost all of the bottles have been pre-sold or reserved and most of the units will end up as collectibles in shelves of aficionados. “The profile can be compared to some of the very old & rare Scottish single malts”, notes Ashok Chokalingam, Senior GM – International Markets (Amrut), “you will spot a lot of tropical fruits dancing to some extremely complex notes on the palate accentuated by a lingering finish”.
“I have never been more proud”, Ashok adds, “this whisky is a testament that Amrut can not just produce relatively younger good malts but also slightly more aged malts that are just as good, if not better when compared to exceptional malts from Scotland and Japan”.