An Indian single malt has emerged as one of the treasured whiskies in the world. In 2010, whisky connoisseur Jim Murray declared the Bangalore single malt, Amrut Whisky is the world’s third-best whisky in that year’s edition of his annual Whisky Bible. This liquid gold was also the only Indian single malt to make it to the shelves of Harrods’ Whiskies around The World section in October 2011.
Amrut Fusion is sold in 22 countries, including the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore and South Africa. Amrut’s official launch took place in 2004, in Glasgow’s Cafe India.
Amrut was launched in Mumbai in November 2013. Amrut is now sold widely in Europe (UK, Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Spain) as well as Canada and South Africa.
Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky gets its name from the fact that it uses two barleys: Indian and Scottish – with the latter being peated. It comes from Amrut Distilleries, the Bangalore-based company which introduced the first single malt from India to the UK in 2004.
Amrut’s Indian barley comes from the Punjab and the distillation takes place in the tropical garden city of Bangalore at 3000ft. The barley from Scotland is also distilled in Bangalore and both are matured there separately. After they have reached their peak, the two whiskies are married in the bourbon casks in proportions which give both a subtle peat flavour and a rich fruity flavour from the Indian barley. This is bottled at 50% abv to reflect the depth and finish of the whisky.