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Monday, July 11, 2022

Luxury Product Report: Amrut Greedy Angels 10 year old, Unpeated

When Amrut dropped a trio of 10 year old Greedy Angels releases in 2019, I was able to take part in bottle splits of two of 'em. I reviewed the multi-cask peated GA10 almost exactly two years ago and loved it. So when the opportunity to take part in a split of another GA10, I leapt in for 2oz. This specific Greedy was nearly opposite in style from the other: unpeated and aged solely in ex-bourbon casks. Thanks to the Bangalore climate, the angels whisked away with almost two-thirds of the casks' contents across one decade of maturation. I hope they're good and drunk up there.

Here's a bottle pic from the distributor's site because I can't find my own photo, per usual:

Distillery: Amrut
Region: Bangalore, India
Age: minimum 10 years
Maturation: ex-bourbon casks
Outturn: 900 bottles, 300 of which went to the US
Alcohol by Volume: 55%
Chillfiltered? No
Color added? No
(from a bottle split)


The nose takes time to open up. Dulce de leche, cornbread and cilantro arrive first. Subtler notes of yellow nectarines and ocean air stay in the back. Buttery American chardonnay and toasted oak arrive next, followed by orange blossoms. Hot and extractive, the palate is mostly vanilla bean with some flowers and citrons far behind. A mild peach note appears after a while. It finishes sweeter, with lots of vanilla and honey. A little bit of tart citrus and a lot of tannins.

DILUTED to ~46%abv, or nearly 1¼ tsp of water per 30mL whisky

Oak still, er, lumbers across the nose, but the fruit notes expand, with pineapple and grapefruit up front, and Kasugai kiwi gummies in the background. A bright fresh herbal grows with time as well. The palate has cooled off. Pineapple, guava, fruity cinnamon and ginger powder gradually push the vanilla into the midground. More citrus, less vanilla and fewer tannins invade the finish.


Though the Whiskybase community is enthralled by this release, I am not. I'll repeat my note from above: this reads hot and extractive when neat. Though one may think that result is to be expected from the warehouses' climate, the peated sherry finish Greedy one did not have that character.

This GA10 can be a good, warm drinker once diluted, but I'd be extremely peeved if I'd paid $750+ for it. Yes, the final rating doesn't look too ugly, but this may have the weakest QPR of any Amrut I've tried. I'd be much happier with the much cheaper 2021 Spectrum, or some of the Kadhambam, Portonova, or even Fusion batches.

Availability - ???
Pricing - $750 in the US in 2019
Rating - 84 (diluted only)

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