I had bagged an invite to a “Blind Rum Tasting” event by Amrut Distilleries, and guess what, I literally went in blind! Amrut Distilleries are a home grown brand, that have been making waves in the national, mainly in the international circuit with their high end Whiskey, Single Malts and now Rum! Yes, you read that right, Rum.
Rum is an exceptional and very versatile drink. How, you drink it, depends on to-each-its-own persona. But like any finer drinks, its best sipped neat! It is a fascinating journey how Sugar Cane makes its way to be welcomed into the Spirits world.
So coming back to the Rum tasting, I was excited and nervous at the same time. I was sitting with some experience Rum Connoisseurs – Ashok Chokalingam, Sr.General Manager, International Operations at Amrut Distilleries Ltd; Vikram Nikam – Executive Director-Brands; Balakrishnan Subramanyan, Beverage Conversant; , Nikhil Varma – Amrut , Malavika Pai and a Beer aficionado, John Eapen aka JJ Keg who has his own blog (Tales of Forth).
So there I was a newbie, wet feet and staring at the wide range of Rums poured out neatly in front of me. Amrut Distilleries team set out the event, with a mini presentation of Rum and its origins, pronunciations and basic ingredients and its alcohol percentages across the globe. This gave us some understanding of Rum and its variants.
Did you know “Rum was once a Pirates drink, and now it has been refined and become more a sophisticated drink enjoyed by many!”
So the most important thing about alcohol tasting is you need to get, all your senses ready. One does not just gulp the drink, but to understand the complexities and nuances of what goes into making a fine drink, we take a whiff off it, and now this definitely becomes a nosey affair. Then you move to the tasting.
We went around tasting all the 6 variants, made and exchanged notes. It was like a brain storming session. It is fun how each one found Nose to have certain spices and even the tasting differed. But to get to the final winner, it was unanimous, one drink really stood out and all of us had the same thoughts that it was not Rum but some fine Whiskey that was served!
Did you know, “Rum is pronounced differently across regions: The Spaniards pronounce it as “Ron” (Ron Añejo), whereas the French pronounce it as “Rhum” (Rhum Vieux).”
The Winner – Two Indies Rum
Here is my Verdict, and Tasting notes
Nose – It is beautiful, how the aroma of honey and sugar cane, just come rushing to one’s mind. It has a certain sweetness yet you get a hint of spices and ginger! I twirl the glass, so as to release the aroma. With this particular one you get a subtle hint of Banana.
Taste – Next we go to the Tasting, but again, it’s not just gulp, but a sip, and sort of brush it inside your mouth, and swallow. I suggest taking another sip to understand and let the palate relate to what is in, as this brings out the distinct flavours we just inhaled.
Finish – I would have to say this Rum, was off the hook. Smooth on the palate, with some mild spices kicking in and then a bit of sweetness to finish. It has a long finish, you do get the taste lingering, and wanting to go for the next sip. I could have sworn I was drinking some fine Whiskey <wink>
About Two Indies Rum – is a natural Rum made with no artificial flavours, and the basic ingredient used is Indian Jaggery. It is in its purest form with an alcohol percentage of 42.8% and has a distinct Golden yellow colour. It gets its name from two rum producing cultures West Indies – Barbados, Guyana & Jamaica and East Indies – India.
The other brands we tasted that night were – Captain Morgan (which I guessed right away, yay, am still soaking in the limelight on this one); Old Monk & Bacardi Gold.
Did you know, “The main ingredients in Rum Are Sugar Cane juice, Molasses and Sugar Crystals?”
I have to thank Amrut Distilleries for giving me this opportunity, to meet and learn from the best rum experts,, It was a delight! This is a fantastic way to bring Rum aficionados together and bond over a brilliant drink. I had a “Grand Tasting” and happy I walked out a Rum Connoisseur of sorts with a special Amrut goody bag. Looking to visit the distillery soon, and bring to all of you more variants that are out there.
The Makers – Amrut Distilleries Private Limited, is not a new comer to the spirit world and came into existence about 1948, under the name of Amrut Laboratories. It was founded by the late Shri J.N. Radhakrishna, J.N.R. Amrut Distilleries, today has grown into a multi-national brand and is known and respected more for their quality of products by the IML industry.
And congratulations to Amrut Distilleries and team on winning Gold at the The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2016!
The Brands – Amrut Distilleries prides itself with some award winning liquor. Here are the various brands –
- Amrut Single Malt (Core Range) – Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky 46%; Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt Whisky 46%; Amrut Fusion Indian Single Malt Whisky 50%; Amrut Cask Strength; Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt Whisky Cask Strength
- Amrut Single Malt (Limited Edition Expression) – AMRUT Raj Igala; Amrut Spectrum; Amrut Naarangi; Greedy Angels Chairman’s Reserve: 8 YO; Greedy Angels Chairman’s Reserve: 10 YO; Amrut Intermediate Sherry; Amrut Two Continents Single Malt Whisky; Amrut Portonova; Amrut Kadambham; Amrut Single Cask; Amrut 100
- Prestige – Prestige Fine Whisky; Prestige Blended Malt Whisky; Prestige Rare Whisky;
- MaQ Scotch
- Brandy – Bejois Portfolio – Bejois Blended Grape Brandy; Bejois Premium Brandy; Bejois VSOP Brandy; Bejois Napoleon Brandy; Silver Cup
- Vodka –Muscovy Fine Vodka
- Gin – Blue Star Dry Gin
- Rum – Dark Rum – Old Port Deluxe Rum; Old Port Deluxe Matured Rum; Amrut XXX Classic Rum; Amrut XXX Rum; Two Indies Rum
Amrut Distilleries, conducts frequent visit to their Distillery, if you would like to participate – Request a Tour
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**Disclaimer: Even thou the invite was complimentary, all views expressed are my own.