This is the cask strength version of Amrut Single Malt which is normally bottled at 46% alcohol by volume level. In my opinion their normal single malt is decent, but I do like the Amrut Fusion. So I really didn’t know what to expect. Something in between?
Amrut Cask Strength has been bottled at 61,8% ABV so it certainly has natural strength. Amrut states very vaguely the cask type(s), “Aged in oak barrels” it says on the label. Usually they’ve used new oak and Ex-Bourbon casks so that’s my guess. Maturing happens at 3000 feet (1000 meters) above sea level, in Bangalore where conditions are hot and humid.
Whisky aging happens faster in India and Amrut whiskies are typically bottled very young. Hot and humid climates accelerate the maturing, so don’t be fooled by age statements of Indian or Taiwanese malt whiskies. Young age can be very misleading in those categories.
High ABV combined with Indian maturing conditions, I was expecting powerful explosions on my palate. And that’s exactly what I received. Cask strength Amrut is definitely a good whisky, but in my book it couldn’t match Amrut Fusion’s greatness. It’s just there in between Amrut Single Malt and Fusion.