Did you know that some of the world’s biggest liquor companies are based out of India? For instance, the world’s largest selling spirits brand called Officers choice is based in India. From whiskey to vodka, there are many brewers and distillers in India that you might not have heard off but, tried their alcohol brands. If you are planning to travel to India, the chances are that you may come across some local and some international brands of liquors that spark your senses. While some of the Indian alcohol brands are dominating the top spots in the world, the others have won choice awards. So, how would you know the best Indian liquor to settle for? That’s exactly why we have prepared a list of Indian alcohol brands that are taking the world of spirits by storm
1. Amrut- Single Malt Whisky
Known to be India’s first single-malt whiskey, Amrut is produced at the Amrut distillery in Bengaluru. Before launching the Amrut Brand in 2004, this distillery excelled in making Indian-made foreign liquor for almost 50 years. A bottle of Amrut is sold of $53 in India and has racked up annual sales over $22 Million. With the help of this brand, the distillery and the brand have both managed to create a distinct identity for themselves in the International market. Made from Himalayan barley, Amrut has about 11 different whiskey variants, and the Amrut fusion single malt variant was listed as the world’s third finest whiskey in the World Whisky Bible 2010. If you haven’t already given it a try, you must!
2. Blender’s pride
This smooth and smoky whiskey is one of the most preferred and top-selling whiskey brands in India. This premium blended whiskey contains no artificial flavours. Blender’s pride is a perfect amalgamation of Indian grain spirit along with imported Scottish malt. This brand of Indian whiskey was launched in 1995 by Pernod Ricard.
3. White Mischief
All vodka lovers might already know about this largest selling Indian brand called White Mischief. White Mischief has 42.8% of alcohol content. It is manufactured through a unique process of triple-distillation. This process impacts the flavour, smoothness and the purity of the drink, making it one of the most preferred brands amongst vodka enthusiasts.
4. Antiquity Whisky
This fine blue bottle of whiskey has been one of the most sought-after brands of alcohol in India. This is yet another brand of whiskey manufactured by United Spirits Ltd and was launched in 1992. It is a perfect blend of Indian and Scotch malt whiskey together with grain spirit. This brand has two variants available in the international market namely, Antiquity Blue and Antiquity Rare. The former one was awarded ‘Silver Best in Class’ by the International Wine and Spirit Competition in America.
5. Desmond Ji- Tequila
This unique agave liquor is manufactured in Goa made with blue-green agave obtained from the Deccan Plateau. This homegrown liquor brand of tequila has five different variants that are produced in the facilities of Desmond Nazareth called Agave India’ and are located in Andhra Pradesh and Goa. It is, in fact, India’s first micro-distillery.
6. Paul John Single Malt
This single malt whiskey manufactured at the John Distillers Ltd headquartered in Bangalore with distillery located in Goa. Paul John was first distilled in London and slowly spread internationally. The key ingredient of this whiskey is the barley that’s obtained from the Himalayas. The taste palate of this drink consists of chewy caramel and chocolate, which finishes off with Orange lingers.
7. Solan No. 1- Whisky
Solan No.1 is also manufactured by the same distillers who created the iconic Old Monk. Made using traditional Scottish methods, Solan is an amazing blend of mature Malt Spirits brewed in the foothills of Himalayas. This is produced by Mohan Meakin Limited at the Kasauli Distillery and consists of 40% alcohol content.
8. Cabo Coconut Liqueur
If you are a fan of the drink Malibu, Cabo is a great alternative. This coconut liquor made in Goa isn’t an expensive option. Cabo is a unique Goan drink that can be combined with other spirits. When in Goa, think beyond the famous Kingfisher beer, try this amazing drink called brewed-in-Goa.
9. Four Seasons Wine
Four seasons wine has three different wine variants that include red, white and rose. This unique drink has been a winner of several awards and is a perfect choice for every wine lover. The origin of this dry wine is from Baramati in Maharashtra with an aroma of ripe black fruits. An exceptional wine that must not be passed! Give it a try if you can get your hands on this award-winning wine.
10. Wild Tiger Rum
This premium rum comes in unique packaging and won’t be missed from the liquor display. Wild tiger rum is known to be the first premium rum with a smooth finish. A striking finish blend of molasses and pure sugar cane spirits that’ll leave you craving for more. This special reserve rum is produced in the South Indian state of Kerala and is aged in American-oak bourbon casks. Vanilla and caramel are the first flavours you will notice when tasting this Rum.
Although you may have had the finest of wines and whiskeys, your Indian travel is incomplete without trying out these ten exotic local favourites. Most of these liquors are available in the International market too. Do you have an additional recommendation to share? Don’t forget to leave your preferences in the comment box below, we would love to hear from you.