Drinks group Radico Khaitan has released what is thought to be the world’s first single malt whisky finished in Indian Cabernet Sauvignon casks, called Rampur Asava.
Described as the first in history, the new Rampur Asava single malt is matured in American Bourbon barrels and finished in Cabernet Sauvignon red wine casks.
The whisky has been matured at a site located at the foothills of the Himalayas, subjecting the whisky to Arctic conditions throughout the year.
Anup Barik, master distiller at Rampur Distillery, said: “We are always striving to make each Rampur expression of the highest quality and exciting for malt whisky drinkers. The diverse weather conditions at the distillery have enabled us to be creative and experiment with our single malts.
“I was inspired to create Rampur Asava as I wanted to see how the dark fruit flavours of an Indian Cabernet Sauvignon would develop the flavour of Rampur single malt whisky. I am delighted with the results as there is an impeccable balance of taste in this finely perfected golden nectar that lingers on your taste buds.”
On the nose, the whisky has a tropical fruity note typical of Rampur, along with hints of apricot, blackberry, blackcurrant, dark cherry and plum. The palate offers Manuka honey sweetness highlighted by spicy oak, vanilla and balanced with dryness from the Indian red wine.
Sanjeev Banga, president of international business at Radico Khaitan, added: “We are very proud of our Indian heritage and Rampur Asava is another step in bringing the unique whiskies of India to the world. We are confident the exotic and unique Indian flavours will delight your palate.”
Asava joins Rampur’s range, which includes Rampur Select, Rampur Double Cask, limited edition Rampur Sherry PX and the “ultra-exclusive” Rampur Signature Reserve.
Bottled at 45% ABV, Rampur Asava will be available to buy from The Whisky Exchange from mid-October 2020, priced at RRP £68.95 (US$89).