It is uniquely Indian. Made from select barley grown in the foothills of Himalayas and aged and distilled in Karnataka, we are talking about India’s first single malt, acclaimed as world’s third best single malt whisky: Amrut Fusion.

When compared with the single malts available around the world, Amrut is one of the youngest. First created in 2004, Amrut Fusion might not have even existed today if it was not for a visionary, Neelkanta Rao Jagdale.

                          


Today he can be called the pioneer who started the whole trend of Indian-made single malts. The Jagdales — Neelkanta and son Rakshit — were destined to create history: they did something that was, at the time, beyond the comprehension of any whisky connoisseurs.

It was because, for the world, till then India could only produce molasses-based whisky, which could not even be classified as a whisky in Europe. Thirteen years ago, in 2004, the Jagdales created history by creating the first Indian single malt.

Amrut has five frontline variants: Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky 46 percent, Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt Whisky 46 percent, Amrut Fusion Indian Single Malt Whisky 50 percent, Amrut Cask Strength and Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt Whisky Cask Strength.

Apart from that, there are a range of Limited Edition expression such as Amrut Raj Igala, Amrut Amalgam, Amrut Double Cask, Amrut Rye, Amrut Spectrum, Amrut Naarangi, Amrut Greedy Angels, Amrut Intermediate Sherry, Amrut Two Continents Single Malt Whisky, Amrut Portonova, Amrut Kadhambam, Amrut Single Cask and Amrut 100.

Each year, the Amrut team comes out with new expressions. Rakshit says consumers in Europe are now looking at new things. “They want to taste something different. This year we will have Amrut Rum Finish. We take the standard Amrut, and we finish it for a year in rum barrels. We are also coming out with a brandy finish because we distill brandy also,” he reveals.

The demand for Amrut whiskies is so high that the company is not able to keep up with it. Malt clubs in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru want to taste Amrut versions but the distillery can’t fulfill it as they do not have enough quantities. The good news is, they are increasing production from 3,60,000 litres annually to 8,00,000 litres.

Today, the company sells close to 30,000 cases in more than two dozen countries around the world including India where it is sold in Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Maharashtra, Goa and Chandigarh. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Delhi are their other big markets.