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Rampur Asava Review

16th February 2021
Review of the Indian Cabernet Sauvignon red wine cask finished Rampur Asava Indian single malt whisky.

Rampur AsavaBack in October 2020 Radico Khaitan, one of the oldest whisky distillers in India, added Rampur Asava to their Rampur Indian single malt whisky range which has been distilled and matured at the Indian drinks company's huge Rampur distillery at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttar Pradesh, what makes this release stand out is its rather unique cask maturation.

Rampur Asava is the first single malt to have been matured in American ex-Bourbon Barrels and then finished in Indian Cabernet Sauvignon red wine casks made from French oak.

Indian whisky matures significantly more quickly than other whiskies, such as Scotch and Irish, due to extreme weather conditions the interaction of the liquid with casks is very high and maturation is very quick. This also results in a very high angelís share (evaporation). It has been said that ageing of malt whisky in India is 3 to 4 times faster than in Scotland.

The combination of Rampurís distillation and the unique casks used for maturation of Rampur Asava certainly gives the new Indian single malt a firm traditional Indian heritage but as I am sure the knowledgeable whisky drinkers will well know the choice of wine cask used to finish even the best of whiskies can make or break that whisky.

Rampur Asava is non-chill filtered and bottled at 45% ABV, and is priced around £65, it is currently on offer at The Whisky Exchange for £60. See below for what I think of the Indian Cabernet Sauvignon red wine finished dram.

You will also find the current Rampur whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Rampur Asava Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A sweetish aromatic fruity cocktail of cherry, cognac infused apricots, raisin and rose oil, a touch of milk chocolate, a little vanilla and peppery oak spice lurking in the background.

Taste: Rose oil infused honey leads followed by some apple and apricot, a little nutmeg and pepper, a late appearance of some lovely slightly drying oak spices.

Finish: The delicious fruit cocktail bows out first leaving the Turkish Delight rose oils clinging to the palate for an age, a mild touch of the slightly drying oak spices also stays the distance.

Comment: The Turkish Delight rose oils seem to be a common thread through the Rampur single malts, and no different here, the fruits from the Indian Cabernet Sauvignon red wine finish has made this quite a easy drinking red wine infused fruity pleasure.

SMW Score 86/100

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