Rampur Indian Single Malt

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Radico Khaitan’s Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky launched in October 2016. Rampur is an Indian Single Malt Whisky, handcrafted and aged in the foothills of the Himalayas. Distilled in India’s oldest distillery, this super premium malt whisky is steeped in rich Indian heritage and tradition.

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.

These tasting notes are a little different from normal. I was sent a sample of of this whisky along with  a press release. So the following contains my tasting notes followed by a more in depth review of the whisky than I would normally give (after being sent a rather generous 90ml free sample I felt it was the least I could do). Then below all of that are details from the press release and where you can buy Rampur Indian Single Malt from.

 

Colour:

Gold to amber.

Nose:

Fruity, and floral with definite elderflower. Behind that is a sweetness with light brown sugar, vanilla and toffee.

With Water: Less floral, more of the vanilla and toffee sweetness.

Palate:

Slightly bitter to start but quickly replaced with floral notes and elderflower again. Spice starts to build slowly getting hotter as you go. Underlying it all is a vanilla sweetness.

With Water: Toned down floral notes with more of the sweet creaminess. Almost feels thicker with water. Spice is toned down with water but it still builds to a heat.

Finish:

Medium to long. Sweet, floral notes coming through stronger again on the finish. Slightly drying.

With Water: Still sweet and floral but with an almost nuttiness to it.

 

Overall:

I was both excited and nervous with trying this whisky. I’d been sent a free sample to try – this is the first time I’ve been sent a free sample and it was down to the success of this blog – that made it exciting. However I did have a worry that I wouldn’t like it and I’m not prepared to write a false review just because it was a free sample…

Thankfully I did enjoy it! I found it very distinctive and the elderflower notes made for an unusual malt. While the sweetness and spice worked well together without either one being too overpowering.

Would I go out and pay £40.95 for a bottle of it? At some point I probably will, however I have a long, long, long list of whiskies still to buy and try.

Ultimately if you want something sweet, floral and spicy yet then I would say it’s well worth a try.

Notes:

RAMPUR SINGLE MALT INDIAN WHISKY FROM THE HIMALAYAS LAUNCHES IN THE UK

Radico Khaitan’s Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky launched in October.

Rampur is an Indian Single Malt Whisky, handcrafted and aged in the foothills of the Himalayas. Distilled in India’s oldest distillery, this super premium malt whisky is steeped in rich Indian heritage and tradition.

Rampur Single Malt is distilled in traditional copper pot stills, matured in India’s largest and oldest distillery dating back to 1943 and is then non chill-filtered and bottled at 43%. The unique distilling location of the Himalayan foothills exposes the whisky to polar opposite climate conditions throughout the year, with the flavour of the famous Indian Summer giving Rampur an added dimension and depth. As Indian whisky matures significantly more quickly than other whiskies, such as Scotch and Irish, Rampur benefits from a smooth, mellow taste with a long-lasting finish.

Master Blender, Anup Barik brings decades of expertise and perfection to the blending of this fine whisky and is the Master behind Rampur’s distinctive malty, creamy vanilla taste, with hints of apricot & apple and sweet & wine-like finish.

Considered the Kohinoor of Single Malts, Rampur is a touch of understated luxury. Each bottle is presented in a white and gold drum with a hand crafted silk pouch reflecting India’s style and heritage.

Sanjeev Banga, President of International Business for Radico Khaitan, comments, “Rampur is for the discerning single malt consumer. Single Malt consumers prefer uniqueness in the taste. They are always keen to try a new malt. Rampur is different yet pleasing, spicy but balanced.”

 

Price and Stockists:

The Whisky Exchange, www.thewhiskyexchange.com 70cl bottle 43% ABV RSP: £40.95.

Available in America, Germany, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Malaysia, Japan and the UK from 1st October.

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