19 Oct A look at new Himalayan Whisky – Rampur Single Malt
Radico Khaitan’s Rampur Single Malt was officially launched in the UK last week during a London event. From the foothills of the Himalayas, Rampur is distilled in India’s oldest distillery dating back to 1943. Let’s have a closer look at this new Indian baby!
Distilled in a copper pot still and at ABV 43%, the location in the Himalayas exposes the whisky to contrasting climates throughout the year.
Each bottle is presented in a white and gold drum with hand-crafted silk pouch reflecting Indian style and heritage. This is continued on the label by the use of Devanagari script in the watermark placed alongside the words ‘Indian single malt.’
Sanjeev Banga, president of international business for Radico Khaitan says: “Rampur is for the discerning single malt consumer. Single malt consumers prefer uniqueness in the taste. They are always keen to try a new malt. Rampur is different yet pleasing.”
Rampur single malt will be available from October 1, 2016 in the US, Germany, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Malaysia, Japan and the UK at an RRP of £41.95.
Nose: Incredibly fruity and sweet with some acidulous notes of Arlequin sweets, dried-fruits bars and citrus. Weirdly enough, I also pick up some underlying notes of celery and fennel and hints of cough syrup (more of the version for children though – very thick and sweet). Floral notes also make an appearance to wrap this nice moment up. Overall, this nose got me quite intrigued and I can’t wait for this sweet nectar to hit my taste buds 🙂
Palate: Pleasantly surprising and rather elegant. Very different from the other Indian whiskies I had the occasion to taste. Oh well, India is almost the size of a continent anyway and when you think Ardbeg and Lagavulin don’t taste the same at all, no wonder Rampur (which is made at the foothills of the Himalaya) is nowhere close to Amrut or Paul John in terms of flavours.
Quite an easy-drinking and delicate dram to me, showing some citrusy, malty and spicy notes and boasting delicously appealing floral and vanillic hints as well. A juicy and rather balanced expression also delivering some yummy aromas of apple pie and apricot jam. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect with this whisky at all and I must admit I’m quite convinced!
Finish: Like a nap in a field of edelweiss…