Amrut Greedy Angels Chairman's Reserve 12 Year

Single Malt — India

4.0 out of 5 stars
This review is for the small cask strength sample bottle that came with the full bottle. Also note that this is the 10 year version, not the 12 The extreme climate that is home to the Amrut distillery causes a very high volume loss annually to evaporation, 10%+ vs the 1-2% of scotch whisky. This matures the whisky faster, but does not allow for a final product with a high age statement due to the greater loss to those greedy angels. So this 10 year old is, to steal a phrase from the man who provided this sample, "rare as hens teeth". This single malt clocks in at an intimidating 71% ABV. If I had to guess, it's non chill filtered and natural color. This is a brilliant copper color. The 50mL sample bottle got split 5 ways, and unfortunately a small amount of mine leaked, so I had about 9 mL to work with. Here's what I could gather with what I had to work with. The nose begins with a powerful blast of alcohol, as is to be expected given the high ABV. Once it settles down I was greeted with a very fruity profile. Ripe red fruits and a candy-like sweetness. Exotic fruits like mango, pineapple and passion fruit. There was a very light citrus note, like lemongrass mixed with tangerine. I'm not sure if there is any sherry cask maturation, but it had the feel of an Oloroso type sherry, mostly raisins. Caramel and toasted oak at the bottom of the glass. Very hot on the palate on the first sip, but it burned so good. At first the taste it was strange but somehow familiar, couldn't quite put my finger on it. Then the tropical fruits came out. Passion fruit, papaya and mango. Hints of toasted oak, cinnamon and maybe nutmeg. Wonderful The mouthfeel is HOT up front, oily and mouthwatering. Medium long finish with mostly passion fruit and papaya. This is a great and extremely rare whisky, especially since this is from that small cask strength sample bottle. Loaded with exotic fruits and a burn that was invigorating. This is my first Amrut, and my first Indian whisky at that. I'm afraid it's probably all downhill after this one. I'm extremely thankful for Pranay who generously shared this one. Thanks buddy. I only wish I had more. Solid 4.5 Cheers
  • LeeEvolved

    I think my palate was fried the day I tried this one from Pranay. All I really remember was HOTHOTHOT!!! I'm glad I got to try it, but it was over my head lol.

  • Dreaming-of-Islay

    Great review, and thanks for the recommendation re Quinta Ruban. Let me know if you're interested in exchanging samples! [email protected]

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    I bet they mixed it with club soda or cola.

  • Generously_Paul

    I couldn't imagine leaving behind a bottle that expensive. I would be depressed for months. A nice housewarming gift for the new homeowners though

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    The kicker is that I can't find the larger bottle. We had moved houses shortly after I bought this, and I think I left it in the previous house.

  • Generously_Paul

    Start saving now. I think Pranay said he paid $730 for the full bottle of the 46% version

  • ScotchingHard

    Haha. Never had Indian whisky. Think I'll start with the fusion one day and work uphill until I get to this beast. 71%! Very jealous