Review #25: Amrut Naarangi

In the gaming industry we’re getting ready for the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC), which is hosted a few blocks from our house in San Francisco. That means a ton of meetings with folks I haven’t had a chance to catch up with in a while. That means a chance to go to a bunch of dinners at new restaurants, or to retry some of my favorites. It also means I sometimes arrive a bit before others and have a chance to get a quick dram in before dinner.

One of those current favorites is August 1 Five, located on Van Ness Street in San Francisco. The restaurant offers modern Indian fare (read expensive but delicious). They have an interesting cocktail program, and a small, but well-curated back bar. As a trendy Indian bar, they have a solid selection of Amrut whiskies. I spotted the Naarangi on the back bar and decided to try it. It was clear from the bottle and name that there was some orange theme, but I didn’t know much else about the whisky.

Glass of whisky in front of whisky bottle next to water glass
Amrut Naarangi Single Malt Whisky from India

Amrut Naarangi
  • Score - 7/10
    7/10

Tasting Notes

Nose: Orange for sure, but not oppressively so. Big hit of malt behind it, and a lovely dash of sherried figs and plums.

Palate: From the nose, I thought it would be more orangey and syrupy like a Grand Mariner, but it was not. It’s there, but subtle. Heavy malt and sherry notes. Lovely whisky mid palate. Quite viscous.

Finishes pretty hot, medium duration. Viscous mouthfeel.

Bought for: $21/pour, retails for ~$130-$140/bottle

Summary

Good whisky. The orangeyness separates it from the herd.

If it were a SMWS: “Orange Mentos”

Overview: nice party whisky or something to try with guests who like whiskies, but there are probably better whiskies at the price point.

Overall
7/10
7/10

Additional Information

  • Naarangi: Hindi for “orange”
  • Three years in Oloroso Sherry casks
  • Oloroso casks are seasoned with a sherry & fresh orange peel mixture for two years before single malt is added.
  • ABV 50%

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