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Rampur Select Indian Single Malt Whisky Review

14th October 2016

Review of Rampur Select Indian single malt whisky.

Rampur Select Indian Single Malt Whisky ReviewRampur Indian Single Malt Whisky is an Indian whisky like no other, distilled, matured and bottled at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttar Pradesh. Rampur Select is a no age statement, non-chill filtered single malt from one of the oldest and one of the largest and most efficiently-run distilleries in India today.

Rampur single malt is distilled in traditional copper pot stills and matured in first fill bourbon casks were it is exposed to the harsh Indian weather conditions. Due to the distillery's location in the Himalayan foothills the single malt is exposed to polar opposite climate conditions throughout the year, with the flavour of the famous Indian Summer giving Rampur an added dimension and depth.

As 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.

Hailed as the Kohinoor of Single Malts, each bottle is presented in a white and gold drum with a hand crafted silk pouch reflecting Indiaís style and heritage.

Rampur Select was bottled 43% ABV and is now available in America, Germany, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Malaysia, Japan and the UK and also from specialist whisky shops such as Master of Malt from this month.

Rampur Select Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Cognac soaked apricots, floral, a hint of vanilla a little oak spice hiding in the shadows.

Taste:  The cognac soaked apricots lead the smooth charge with some red apple, this is joined by parma violets, a little creamy vanilla and oak spice join the party.

Finish: Long and lingering, the fruitiness fades leaving perfumed parma violet notes, a little bitterness and a little drying oak.

Comment: This is certainly different and hard to pinpoint, but in a good way, it appears smooth and mature but also just a little spirity at the same time. Reminds me of a youthful Scotch which has been put into a wine cask to quickly inject some character.

The information I received was that Rampur was matured in first fill bourbon casks, it does have a touch of vanilla and even more oak spice but I would have sworn there was a wine cask or two involved somewhere along the line to produce such a fruity whisky but apparently not.

Rampur is an enjoyable whisky and it is good to see it is now available here in the UK, so if you want to expand your whisky knowledge and experiences then it will only set you back around £40 for an Indian whisky which is quite unique.

SMW Score 82/100

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