The Rampur brand has been known in India since the Rampur Distillery was established in the 1940s. Now trading under the Radico Khaitan name, they have just released their first Single Malt in the UK.
Rampur Distillery were first set up in 1943, in the Uttar Pradesh state of India. The brand was popular in India and they made a wide range of spirits including rum and vodka.
This is the first time the brand has made it across the globe and into the UK, despite being the oldest distillery in the country. They have been up against the likes of Amrut and Paul John, both brands which make exceptional malt.
Now, with Radico Khaitan at the helm, one of the largest Indian Made Foreign Liquor manufacturers, they have broken out overseas. And thank goodness for that, because the malt is great.
Rampur Select Indian Single Malt Whisky
Also known as Himalayan Single Malt due to its proximity to the foothills of the Himalayas, the Rampur Select Single Malt has no age statement. We don’t know much about the maturation process, other than the casks are hand selected.
Due to the hot climate of the Himalayas, you can guarantee this will be a young malt relative to some of the older malts produced in places like Scotland. The heat makes maturation faster so the malt will have been bottled at a younger age but with the same effects.
Tasting notes for Rampur Select Indian Single Malt Whisky
Bottle cost: £49.95
The nose begins with big notes of honey and spice. Caramel, butterscotch and toffee take over and go excellently with the spices. There are notes of apple blossom and raisins that give a lovely tart hint.
The palate is rich with fruit flavours and malted notes. Peaches, apricots and apples abound. Vanilla comes through and brings out a delicate oak note. The overall flavour is quite sweet, but excellently done.
The finish is bold and exciting with hints of vanilla and fruit lingering.
We’re sp glad this malt finally made it into the UK. If you’re a fan of Indian whisky, this may just become your new favourite, and even if you’re not, Rampur might convince you otherwise.