A Saturday noon well spent!! After many attempts to visit the Distillery, finally on24th November I was able to visit Amrut. Famed for the “Amrut Fusion” single malt, which has put India on the list of quality single malt whisky producing nations, the distillery was an enlightening experience.
For those who rely on the internet and Google for the location of the distillery, when you do a search of Amrut Distillery in Google maps you get the address and location as listed below:
Amrut Distilleries Private Limited ,
36, Sampige Tank Road, Sampige Tank Road,
Bangalore, Karnataka 560027
080 2350 3860
Well, the above location is the now defunct distillery, which was used previously by the group. The distillery where the “Uisge Beatha” is produced is located on the Bangalore-Mysore highway close to the Rajarejeswari Dental and Engineering College. These coordinates should be more than adequate for you to get to the distillery without much of a hassle, but the full address is:
Amrut Distilleries Ltd. Mysore Road,
India Postal Pin code – 560074.
The Vice President of production, Mr. Surrinder, and Mr. Pramod, the Business Development Manager for the group’s luxury brands in India, hosted us at the distillery.
The distillery itself seems relatively small and cosy in comparison to the only other distillery that I have visited which United Breweries in Bangalore central, this distillery has been knocked down and there is sprawling mail called UB city in its place,
A range of bottles from the famed Amrut Single Malt production list was arranged on a table in the guest lounge. To date, there are 12 expressions of single malt produced by the distillery.
|Amrut Indian Single Malt||Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt||Amrut Kadambham||Amrut Intermediate Sherry|
|Amrut Indian Single Malt Cask Strength||Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt Cask Strength||Amrut Single Cask||Amrut 100|
|Amrut Fusion Single Malt||Amrut Portonova||Amrut Herald||Amrut Two Continents Single Malt|
Unfortunately, for most of the readers from the subcontinent only three expressions are available for the local market while the others are exclusively for export. Another point noteworthy of mention is that there are additional variations of “Fusion” and “Single Malt”, one with an alcoholic strength of 50% for export, and the other at 46% for the Indian market. In fact most of the variants from Amrut are unavailable for sale in India. Mr. Surrinder, who has been a part of the group for more than 26 years, laments that these variants are due to the rules from “The Food Standards and Safety Authority in India” (FSSAI). Current license standards allow 45.5% maximum alcohol content in distilled spirits such as Whisky, Vodka, Rum, or Gin, 12% for Wine and 8% for Beer. He states that maintaining these varieties through different inventories is an expensive and cumbersome affair.
Moving on to the tour, the distillery produces spirits such as blended Whisky, Brandy, and Vodka in addition to their single malts. For the other spirits, the distillery procures ‘ENA’ (Extra Neutral Alcohol) which is pre-distilled neutral alcohol and then blends/flavours them with required ingredients after another round of distillation.