These are the must-try Indian whisky brands in 2020
Nothing lights up an evening after a long day of work like a glass of whisky. The sheer number of whisky brands available in India is in itself a testament to the fact that the country possesses immense love for this matured elixir. Plus, over the last one decade, the number of options made in India has blown up multi-fold, offering tipplers with a mind-bending array of varieties. Here are four pours you don’t want to miss!
This 100 percent locally-produced whisky is the first creation of Fullarton Distilleries for the Indian market. This full-bodied drink aged in matured oak wood barrels is typically smooth on the palate and settles beautifully towards the finish. The singeing of the barrels gives the whisky a smoky and bold front balanced with a versatile peat finish. No wonder Woodburns managed to bag a silver medal in the ‘World Blended Whisky’ section at the International Spirits Challenge held in London.
This brand has left its impression in the market of Indian whiskies, right from its first year of commencement. 8 PM, as its consumers like to call it, is brilliantly smooth and strong in taste and easily tops the list of best whisky brands in India. In fact, its highest-selling whisky status has even made it grab a mention on the Limca Book of Records. Not to forget, the gold and black packaging is another exclusive feature of 8 PM.
Antiquity Blue is considered as the best whisky brand in India, owing to its premium malty taste and woody aroma. The distillation process takes place in copper pot stills, followed with storage in white oak casks, and lastly, fusion with fine scotch is all that truly makes the difference. Besides, the packaging and its attractive blue color add a regal touch to this brand. The loyalists of Antiquity prefer to consume this whisky with ice and soda.
This is a whisky brand that comes with approval from Jim Murray. The globally respected whisky critic placed Amrut Fusion at number 3 in the Whisky Bible in 2010. The preparation of Fusion involves a mix of peated Scottish barley and unpeated Indian barley. These are individually distilled and aged for more than four years, then merged together for three months. The outcome is an award-winning spirit that has familiarized many people to the beauty of Indian whisky.
This one’s from India’s oldest distillery Radico Khaitan in Uttar Pradesh. Rampur Single Malt is made from locally sourced barley malt, distilled in traditional copper pot stills and aged in ex-bourbon barrels which give it a unique, smooth and mellow taste with a pleasant, lingering finish. The golden amber dram has a prominent fruity note with toffee in the background and traces of spices. The beautiful bottle packed in a silk pouch and fastened with gold tassel adds to the decadence. There is no age statement on the bottle. Signature Reserve is another whisky from Rampur worth checking out.
This whisky label from the sunny shores of Goa has been delighting whisky aficionados across the world with its distinct character. Simultaneously smoky, spicy, and sweet, there are loads of spice notes – a hint of fennel seed and turmeric as well as salted butter, caramel, and toffee. The finish is bright, sweet, and subtly smoky, with some flavours on the tail end of the burn, which is of medium intensity and length, culminating with some dry cocoa notes.
So, whether you are looking for an easy weekend sipper on the rocks or a peaty whisky for a cold winter night, grab a bottle of any of these brands, and celebrate in your own style!