Whisky Focus - Rampur Double Cask

Rampur Double Cask

2nd October 2019
Rampur Double Cask Indian single malt whisky was matured for two-thirds of its life in American Bourbon Barrels and a third in European Oak Sherry Casks.

Rampur Double CaskRampur Indian Single Malt Whisky is distilled, matured and bottled at the Indian drinks company Radico Khaitan's huge Rampur distillery at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttar Pradesh. The distillery was established back in 1943 and produces a variety of spirits such as rum, vodka, and brandy and has been distilling whisky for over 25 years but it is only in recent years that it has become a serious player on the world stage as far as single malt whisky goes.

Radico Khaitan launched its first single malt whisky here in the UK, Rampur Select, back in 2016 this was followed by a Rampur PX Sherry Cask and now we have the latest offering from them which was launched at The Whisky Show London last weekend, the Rampur Double Cask.

Rampur Double Cask Single Malt is a hand crafted single malt whisky which has been matured in hand-selected American Bourbon barrels as well as European Oak Sherry casks chosen by Master Distiller, Anup Barik, who brings his decades of experience and expertise to the creation of this Double Cask Single Malt.

Distilled in traditional copper pot stills, I am told that the Rampur Double Cask Single Malt was matured for two-thirds of its life in American Bourbon Barrels and a third in European Oak Sherry Casks although they have not revealed exactly how many years that was despite its bold pricing but to be fair many of the offerings from Rampur's Indian single malt whisky competitors such as Paul John and Amrut are maybe even more boldly priced these days but these Indian whisky makers have now firmly established themselves a decent reputation for producing decent whiskies. Given the polar opposite of climate conditions at the foothills of the Himalayas throughout the year with the flavour of the famous Indian Summer giving Rampur an added dimension and depth I would think it will taste anything but young even though it may well be young.

Described as having delicate balsamic vanilla notes from the American white oak which compliment the full-bodied aroma whilst rich caramel, dried dark fruits and spiced tonality from the European oak add to the depth of flavour.

Rampur Double Cask Single Malt is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 45% and has a price tag of 60 and will be available from this month exclusively from the specialist online whisky retailer The Whisky Exchange

Rampur Double Cask Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Full bodied aroma of tropical fruits, smoothly malty tones and oaky notes from double oak-wood barrels create vivid flavours.

Taste: Sensual elegance of sweet fruits riding on rich sherry.

Finish: Tantalisingly long, lingering and generous.

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