Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 1, 2011
The Amrut Distillery is situated in Bangalore, ‘the garden city’ of India. The distillery sits in a tropical locale 3000 ft above sea level with its water source being the Himalayan Mountains. According to Indian Mythology, when the Gods and the Demons churned the oceans, they used the mountain, Meru, as the churner. As the Ocean was churned, a golden pot sprang up containing the Elixir of Life which was called the “Amrut”. This legend of course serves as the inspiration for the naming of the Amrut Distillery.
Amrut Old Port Deluxe Rum is the subject of this review, and it has undergone some changes since I last reviewed it 2 years ago. For Starters, the new bottle is slightly larger and contains slightly more (50 ml) rum. And, according to the importers of this spirit, Purple Valley Imports, the blend has changed to. The rum is continues to be distilled, aged, and bottled at Amrut’s facility in Bangalore India using 100% Indian Cane. But the new style is apparently more whisky-like in body and delivery. I am hoping that the new blend still captures that wonderful exotic flavour of Indian Cane which I noted in my first review.
Here is an excerpt from the new review:
“… The aroma from the glass is filled with butterscotch candy. Light impressions of orange peel are present with vanilla and light oak spices. As I let the glass breathe, the aroma of sweet butterscotch-toffee deepens and a very light tobacco scent is apparent as well as some building baking spices. This is indeed much different than the older blend which contained much more heavy molasses in the aroma…”
Here is a link to the new review:
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 7, 2011
Old Port Deluxe Rum is distilled and aged at Amrut’s facility in Bangalore India from Indian sugar cane. This cane has a unique and exotic taste all its own making this a truly different taste experience for a ‘Western’ palate like mine. My original review was published in October of 2009 very shortly after I opened my website. As with all of my early reviews it is terse and to the point. Some persons have told me confidentially that they enjoyed my early reviews which, although they were not as professionally written as my current reviews, seemed to reflect a certain enthusiasm and passion. I guess I will let you see for your self.
Here is an excerpt from my very first review of a rum produced in India:
“…I can taste real complexity here. Touches of soy sauce, caramel, cinnamon and Brazil nuts. Very Complex but there is a slight touch of bitterness just hiding around the corner. Sometimes I get it and sometimes I don’t. This easily ranks up in texture and richness with the best rums I have tasted but I will warn you that it is a very different sort of taste….”
Please enjoy this early review re-posted for those who may have missed it.
If you are interested in rums from India then this review may also be of interest to you:
Enjoy the reviews!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on October 30, 2009
Black Rum, the wicked looking inky cousin of gold and dark rums; usually bolder in flavour and spices, black rums have rich textures all their own. These rums have been regaled in song (think Great Big Sea and their song “The Old Black Rum“) and used as a staple ingredient in baking (think Caribbean Black Rum Cakes).
When I think Black rum, I think of Goslings Black Seal from Bermuda which is easily the most wicked looking and smelling rum I have ever owned. Here is what I said about Goslings in my review:
“….I actually think of an old graveyard with freshly upturned earth, hyacinth and hibiscus on nearby graves and pungent burnt smells coming from the glass…”
Just looking at the picture to the left you can see how the dark the rum looks in the clear glass bottle.
But I also think of Ron Zacapa 23 from Guatemala with its rich spices and smooth delivery, and Old Port Rum from India with its exotic oriental flair. These rums use the spice and rich caramel to tantalize the taste buds rather than to overwhelm them.
But it should be easy to figure out which of the three I will be enjoying on Halloween…
I think you can guess.
For more information on Black Rum why not check out this link..
from the national examiner and the good people who bring you the Gifted Rums website.
Here are the reviews I have published for each of these fine rums:
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