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The word amrut is from the Sanskrit language and means "nectar of the gods". The Amrut distillery itself often uses it as a synonym for "water of life".
Originally under the name and style of Amrut Laboratories, Amrut Distillery was founded in 1948 by Shri J.N. Radhakrishna shortly after India had become independent.
Under the leadership of the founder, Amrut distillery made rapid strides to entrench itself as a significant and preferred supplier of Indian Made Liquor (IML) in the Defence Market.
In its state of origin, Karnataka, too, Amrut distillery grew to be one of the dominant suppliers, especially in the old Mysore area.
After the untimely demise of J.N. Radhakrishna Rao Jagdale in 1976, the Amrut distillery devolved on his son, Shri Neelakanta Rao, the present Chairman and Managing Director.
In the 60s Amrut distillery ventures into the Rectification and Distillation of Rum.
The following decade saw an evolving market in India that saw the Amrut distillery's foray into brandy distillation.
Amrut Fusion, released in 2009, was voted the 3rd best Whisky in the world by Whisky-guru Jim Murray. He did so after tasting over 4000 whiskies from the world over.
- 1948 Amrut Distilleries Private Limited began under the name and style of Amrut Laboratories, with an initial investment of barely a few lakhs, the founder was the late Shri J.N. Radhakrishna, J.N.R as he is fondly called to this day.
- 1960s Amrut distillery ventures into the Rectification and Distillation of Rum.
- 1970s An evolving market of India saw Amrut distillery foray into distillation of Brandy.
- 1980s Buoyed by the will to offer Indian consumers quality products, Amrut distillery ventured into the distillation of Malts with an aim to produce class leading whiskies.
- 2004 Amrut Single Malt was launched at Cafe India, a leading restaurant in Glasgow, the heart of Scotland.
- 2010 Amrut Fusion, released in 2009, was voted the 3rd best Whisky in the world by Whisky-guru Jim Murray.
- 2016 Amrut distillery launched the oldest Single Malt ever to come from India as well as Amrut's stables, the Greedy Angels 12 Years Old - Chairman's Reserve.
The Amrut distillery is equipped with six washbacks with a fermentation time of 140 hours and two stills, each with a capacity of 5,000 litres. The barley is sourced from the north of India, malted in Japinur and Delhi and finally distilled in Bangalore before the whisky is bottled without chill-filtering or colouring.
The Amrut dstillery's range consist of:
- Amrut Fusion
- Greedy Angels 12 Years Old - Chairman's Reserve
- Amrut Herald
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