Amrut releases oldest ever Indian whisky

23rd April, 2013 by Tom Bruce-Gardyne

Indian distiller Amrut Distilleries has released an 8-year-old single malt whisky despite losing 12% of the liquid each year to the angel’s share.

Amrut 8 year old

Amrut 8 year old

Amrut claims the aptly named ‘Greedy Angels’, which was matured in a pair of bourbon casks, is the oldest Indian whisky ever produced, certainly by the distillery.

The angels hovering above Scotland’s distilleries are positively abstemious compared to their Indian cousins. “Here in Bangalore we lose close to 12% per annum, whereas in Scotland the Angel’s Share is about 1.5 – 2%,” Rick Jagdale, executive director of Amrut Distilleries, told The Spirits Business.

Over the course of eight years, Amrut Distilleries lost close to 274 litres of spirit from the two casks.

“In the end, we could only bottle 86 litres of whisky. No wonder we have named it Greedy Angels,” explained Ashok Chokalingam, Amrut’s international brand ambassador.

According to Jagdale the speeded up maturation gives the whisky a flavour profile similar to a 25-30 year-old Scotch single malt.

Only 144 bottles have been made available worldwide, with an expected retail price tag of £160-180 (US$140-275).

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