Bardstown Bourbon Company Amrut Collaborative Series Review

Curious about a whiskey that combines American Rye and Kentucky Bourbon with Indian Single Malt flavors? The Bardstown Bourbon Company Amrut Collaborative Series does just that. Our review dives deeply into the tasting experience and explores the unique influence of the Amrut barrels. Want to learn more? Check out our full review to see if this decadent whiskey is for you!
Bardstown Bourbon Company
Amrut
Collaborative Series
110 Proof
MSRP: $159.99 / 750ml
Review

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Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Amrut Indian Malt Whisky Barrels Blended with Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The Collaborative Series

The Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Collaborative Series is all about experimentation and barrel finishing. For the majority of the whiskeys in this series, a variety of sourced whiskeys, sometimes combined with BBC’s house distilled whiskeys, are finished in barrels from a variety of partners. Barrels used for prior releases include those that have previously held Amaro Nonino, Carter Cellars Cabernet, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Foursquare Rum, to name a few of the recent ones. The latest release in this series utilizes barrels previously used to age Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky.

The Process

For this release, Bardstown Bourbon Company partnered with Amrut Distilleries. For those not familiar with Amrut, they are responsible for distilling the first true Indian Single Malt, that being one which complied with standards recognized by Scotland and much of the rest of the world. (You can learn all about Amrut Distilleries, and Indian Whisky in general, in my Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky Review.)

The blend of whiskeys used in Bardstown Bourbon Company Amrut Collaborative Series consists of:

  • 43% 9yr Indiana Rye (45% corn, 51% rye, 4% malted barley) and 20% 8yr Indiana Rye (95% rye, 5% malted barley), both finished for 18 months in Amrut Indian Single Malt barrels
  • 17% 14yr Kentucky Bourbon (75% corn, 13% rye, 12% malted barley)
  • 15% 10yr Kentucky Bourbon (78% corn, 10% rye, 12% malted barley)
  • 5% 11yr Kentucky Bourbon (78% corn, 13% rye, 9% malted barley)

What’s most interesting about this blend is that it is only the rye whiskeys that are finished in the Amrut barrels. The bourbons, which notably are all from Kentucky, are not finished. Some brands, such as Lux Row, have commonly only finished 1 of the component whiskeys in their Blood Oath blends. However, I believe this is the first time that Bardstown Bourbon Company has not finished the entire blend. So, what’s it like?

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Tasting Notes – Bardstown Bourbon Company Amrut Collaborative Series Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn Glass

👉🏻Nose: Pears, brown sugar, toffee; lightly burnt dark caramel; sugar cookies; mild rye spices; hint of tart citrus; touch of dry oak; moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Apples, pears, syrupy rich brown sugar & dark caramel; hint of tart cherry; black pepper, tannins, dry oak and mild rye spices later on
👉🏻Finish: Black pepper spice; mild brown sugar; hint of cherries; mild tannins and dry oak; long with lingering spice; moderate warmth

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A Rich, Decadent Whiskey

Bardstown Bourbon Company Amrut Collaborative Series is a rich, decadent whiskey. Right from the start, in the nose, there are full flavors from brown sugar, toffee, burnt caramel and sugar cookies. In addition, pears contribute sweet, soft flavors. The expected rye spices become noticeable after some time. Finally, tart citrus and dry oak further add to the complexity and provide a nice contrast to the warm overtones.

In the taste, syrupy brown sugar makes the Amrut Collaborative Series’ mouthfeel quite rich. Apples, pears and dark caramel add to the sweet richness, but are soon contrasted by black pepper, tannins, dry oak, mild rye spices and tart cherries. Those latter flavors continue into the finish, with the black pepper becoming more pronounced. Nonetheless, there is some sweetness remaining, as well, with lingering brown sugar and subtle cherries. The flavors last a good long time, with a pleasant warmth.

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The Contribution of The Amrut Single Malt Barrels

The beautiful media kit included a sample of the Amrut Indian Single Malt (as well as a delicious chocoloate bar from Madhu Chocolate, LLC), which allows for a unique comparison. After tasting the Single Malt, its flavors are definitely noticeable in the Bardstown Bourbon Company Amrut Collaborative Series. The Amrut brings flavors of apples & pears, honey, tart orange & caramel. The noticeable fruits in the Collaborative, as well as some of the sweetness in the taste and dryness in the finish, are likely largely due to the Amrut Single Malt.

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Summary

Overall, Bardstown Bourbon Company Amrut Collaborative Series is a delicious whiskey. While single malt aficionados will likely appreciate some familiar flavors, they will not be the only ones who will likely be fans. With its rich, confectionery-like character and added fruit and spice, this whiskey will appeal to a wide variety of drinkers. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, then give BBC’s Amrut Collaborative Series a try! Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our Bardstown Bourbon Company Amrut Collaborative Series Review! Would you like to read about a few other Bardstown Bourbon Company Whiskeys? Then check out our Bardstown Bourbon Company Plantation Rum Finish Bourbon Review and our Bardstown Bourbon Company Origin Series Rye Review. If you would like to learn more about the distillery, then you’ll want to read our Bardstown Bourbon Company Tour Review.

NOTE: The media kit and sample were graciously provided to me by the distilery for my review.

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