India: Amrut launches 'intermediate sherry matured' whisky

17 September, 2010

Indian distiller Amrut is to launch its first ‘Intermediate Sherry Matured’ whisky. The product will be a limited edition of 275 cases.

Amrut Distilleries is to launch each of its new limited edition products with a different international importer. La Maison Du Whisky, its French importer, is to launch the latest limited edition - Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured single malt.

The product will launch at Whisky Live Paris on September 25, 2010.

The whisky features malt aged in sherry casks between periods maturing in either bourbon or virgin casks at Amrut’s Bangalore distillery.

Ashok Chokalingam of Amrut Distilleries said: “In our belief, it is not all about the influence of sherry in the whisky. It is about the balanced profile of the whisky – to see how the sherry butts can complement the whisky rather than dominating it.

“As a result we tried the intermediate sherry matured concept where our new spirit was matured in ex-bourbon or virgin casks, then the whisky was matured in sherry butts for a certain length in time in the tropical climate of Bangalore. Next the sherry butts were emptied and the whisky put in ex-bourbon casks and matured for a further period. The result is something unique and we achieve a better fusion of bourbon and sherry notes in complementing the trademark Amrut characteristics in this single malt whisky.”

Thierry Bénitah, director La Maison du Whisky, said: “I am surprised by this whisky’s maturity, its rich texture and its ‘gourmand’ quality. It’s almost a whisky you could eat. For me, it is one of the finest sherry casks of 2010 and the best young sherry cask selection of the year. I am honoured to be able to promote a single malt whisky with this level of quality.”

Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured is a limited edition of 275 cases and is released into Western Europe, Scandinavia, Western Canada and United States of America.

The product is to retail for around £60 a bottle.

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