With all the COVID travel restrictions – 2km from home in Ireland – it’s great to taste the world of flavour through whiskey.
Rampur Select is one of a few Indian brands made to European Union rules that allow it to be marketed there.
The actual distillery – Radico Khaitan – has been making spirits since 1943 and have obviously built up a wealth of experience & knowledge.
The packaging is exquisite.
An outer tube embossed in golden lettering extolling the virtues of the Maharajas.
A luxurious inner bag proudly displaying the company logo.
And the bottle itself – replete with an attractively clean design – clearly stating non chill filtered.
So far so good.
But what of the taste?
Well the nose immediately transported me to a land of exotic fruits – not that I’ve tasted many!
It was certainly enticing & intriguing.
A gentle mouthfeel eased me in.
Rich dark fruits flowed over the palate – reminiscent of sultanas.
A lovely spicy hit on the finish – more peppery than curry – rounded things off on a flourish.
There’s a richness & depth to this single malt that entertained me.
I gladly roamed the Himalayan foothills drinking the delights of this exotic elixir.
Roll on Indian Whisky.