Amrut Distilleries managing director dies

10th May, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

The chairman and managing director of Indian spirits producer Amrut Distilleries, Neelakanta Rao Jagdale, has died.

Neelakanta Rao Jagdale (Photo credit: Amrut Distilleries website)

A statement posted on Facebook by Amrut Distilleries yesterday morning (9 May) read: “It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved leader, managing director of Amrut Distilleries, Shri N R Jagdale early this morning.”

According to the company’s website, Neelakanta Rao Jagdale took over Amrut Distilleries from his father J.N. Radhakrishna Rao Jagdale, who died in 1976.

Amrut pioneered the Indian single malt whisky category in 2004, and today its single malt sells for Rs3,300 (US$47) in its home state of Bangalore.

The Amrut range includes Amrut Rye, Double Cask and Peated, among others. Amrut Naarangi, aged in Sherry casks, seasoned with wine and orange peel, was launched in April 2015.

The Indian firm, headquartered in Bangalore, also produces Two Indies Rum and Old Port Deluxe Matured Rum.

Amrut Fusion, released in 2009, was voted the third best whisky in the world by whisky writer Jim Murray in 2016. Last year, Amrut Greedy Angels 8 Years Old was named Murray’s Asian Whisky of the Year in the Whisky Bible 2019.

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