Which, of course, is a great excuse to try Indian Single Malt Whisky. Rampur Distillery, which is one of Indian’s largest and oldest distilleries, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, sounds like a great one to try!
The unique distilling location of the Himalayan foothills exposes the whiskies to polar opposite climate conditions throughout the year, with the flavour of the famous Indian Summer giving Rampur Whiskies an added dimension and depth.
Indian whisky matures significantly more quickly than other whiskies, such as Scotch whisky and Irish Whiskey.
Rampur Double Cask Single Malt is a hand-crafted single malt whisky matured in hand-selected American Bourbon barrels as well as European Oak Sherry casks chosen by Master Distiller, Anup Barik.
Distilled in traditional copper pot stills, the malt matures for two-thirds of its life in handpicked American Bourbon Barrels and a third in European Oak Sherry Casks at India’s largest distillery and is then non-chill-filtered and bottled at 45%.
The combination of Rampur’s unique distilling and the double cask maturation process, sees this Single Malt taking traditional Indian heritage and rooting it in contemporary culture.
Rampur Double Cask Single Malt retails for approximately £59.00 to £65.00
The kind people at Rampur Distillery have sent me a sample of their Double Cask to try – just in time for WWD!
So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky (45%)
Nose: Apples and rich plump fruits with banana also thrown in for good measure. Old polished wood. Honey with a vanilla sweetnes.
Palate: Tropical fruits abound! There’s hints of pineapple but mostly gorgeous flavours of mango and even lychees!
Finish: Rich, fruity spiciness with honey and lots of tropical flavours. It’s a long finish that gets quite fiery – very warming!
Overall: This is a really great whisky. The strength of the tropical fruit flavours is a revelation! But it’s all well tempered with some nice spiciness.
There’s also Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky.
Styled as “The Kohinoor of Single Malts” this super premium malt whisky is distilled in traditional copper pot stills, matured at the distillery and then non chill-filtered and bottled at 43%.
Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky is smooth, with a mellow taste with a long-lasting finish. It is distinctively malty, with creamy vanilla taste with hints of apricot, apple and sweet and wine-like finish.
Rampur Whisky is available to buy from these Merchants:-