Staying home during the current climate doesn’t have to be boring. Here at OnIn.London, we chose to expand our drinking palates by trying Rampur. What is Rampur? Well it’s an Indian Single Malt Whisky, hand-crafted and aged in the foothills of the Himalayas and distilled in the oldest distillery in India. We were incredibly lucky to receive a bottle of this to help us through this current quarantine period.
As more of a Gin drinker, I must admit I was worried my palate wouldn’t be sophisticated enough to fully appreciate this whisky. Luckily it’s such a high quality spirit with rich fruity tropical notes with a warming toffee and spice after taste, It was extremely easy to drink neat over ice. It almost reminded me of rum. This could be to do with the fact that it is distilled in copper stills and the fact that Indian whisky matures significantly more quickly than Scotch and Irish whiskies. This allows Rampur to benefit from a smooth, mellow taste with a long lasting finish. It really was no wonder that Rampur won Double Gold Medal in The San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2017.
While we throughly enjoyed Rampur neat, we did play around to see what cocktails we could make with it and how using Rampur Whisky added to classics such as the Old Fashioned. To be honest, Rampur was extremely easy to drink in cocktails or with a mixer. Our favourite mixer of the night was definitely bitter lemon. It brought out the tropical notes of the whisky without overpowering it and committing the ulitmate whisky sin by mixing it with coke.
Our friends have told us we have to save some of the whisky for them to sample once lock down is over, however, if they can’t wait til then or you’re looking at trying something a little more exotic, Rampur can be purchased from The Whisky Exchange, www.thewhiskyexchange.com 70cl bottle 43%ABV