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Rampur Double Cask Review

26th August 2020
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.

Rampur Double Cask Single Malt is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 45% and has a price tag of 60 available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Rampur Double Cask Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A honey infused fruity nose with peaches, raisins, a little malty sweetness and some distant oak all with a gentle floral edge.

Taste: A fruit cocktail leads the charge with grapefruit, peaches, raisins and some ripe plum, some malt and gristy sugars sweeten things up just a touch but are pushed back by some late sulphur notes.

Finish: Medium length, honey and dried fruit which quickly bitters out leaving some slightly drying oak spice and some lingering slightly bitter sulphurous notes.

Comment: I do get the feeling this is quite young, 6 or 7 years perhaps, maybe more time in the cask would help it or perhaps a better choice of cask, it could certainly benefit from a bit more sweetness and less sulphur.

SMW Score 75/100

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