Back in October 2021, Amrut Distilleries made its foray into independent bottling with the Neidhal peated whisky. The term Neidhal is derived from Sangam literature, which classifies the earth into five regions called thinais, and refers to coastal regions. The whisky was procured by Amrut from a distillery on India’s southeastern coast, matured in bourbon casks and sold under its Single Malts of India umbrella.
Now, the Bangalore-based distillery is out with its second offering, Kurinji, which is sourced from the hills. The floral, fruity whisky is inspired by the purple-blue Kurinji flower that blooms once every 12 years — 2022 is one such year — in the Western Ghats. India will get 8,100 bottles out of the total production of 16,000 bottles. Select tasting sessions conduct by Amrut has evoked descriptions such as “opens with sweet floral wafts of jasmine and honeysuckle”; “glides through the palate with a syrupy texture, triggering mini explosions of spice along the way; and “warm ginger and white pepper finish”.
The whisky is priced at Rs 5,999.