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After a five-year hiatus, Amrut is bringing again its ultra-rare and ultra-unusual Spectrum bottling. As with the 2017 release, that is Amrut single malt aged for an unspecified period of time in ex-bourbon casks after which completed, once more for an unspecified period of time, in particular “Spectrum” casks constructed from 4 several types of oak staves (American oak with a Stage 3 char, toasted French oak, ex-Oloroso sherry, and ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry). On paper, it doesn’t seem that something has modified in 5 years, with the exception that the oddly Bond-themed “004” subtitle is extra prominently displayed on the packaging this go spherical. And whereas it’s going to nonetheless be an especially onerous bottle to find, there’s considerably extra on provide for 2022 than previous releases. Which could possibly be an excellent factor if this newest launch is wherever close to nearly as good because the 2017 bottling. Let’s see if that’s the case.
The sherry is a little more targeting the nostril than the 2017 launch, with brighter, punchy notes of stewed darkish fruits and almond paste. Whereas its predecessor confirmed extra sultry, damp oak and smoke, that is positively extra fruit-forward and full of life with secondary notes of contemporary floor clove, espresso beans, and rose oil. The palate displays the same distinction with a younger and candy sherry character. Layers of rum raisin, berry jam, orange oil, and darkish roast espresso experience atop an oily, vibrant physique. A mild heat builds into the syrupy end, which sees a little bit of astringency as all these completely different oak influences battle to your final little bit of consideration, teasing for the subsequent sip with notes of candied citrus and stone fruit. Whereas I favor the 2017 bottling, which was a bit extra balanced on the sherry entrance, this newest launch remains to be a worthy addition to the Spectrum lineage.
100 proof. 6000 bottles produced (1050 for the U.S.).