India is the third largest consumer of whisky in the world. But the knowledge of whisky is restricted only to connoisseurs. Whisky as a term is not supposed to be used for liquor manufactured outside Scotland. But similar spirits all over the world have been named “Whiskey” an aberration from the celebrated whisky and now many manufacturers use the term whiskey/whisky all over the world. There’s a debate regarding the difference between whiskey and whisky and many theories compete against each other but that’s not what is of concern to us today. Rather we would look into the whiskies that are manufactured in India. Most of the whiskies that are manufactured in India fall under the IMFL category (INDIAN Manufactured Foreign Liquor). The whisky manufacturing process from malted grains in India was pioneered by the Amrut Distilleries in 1982. Today, the availability of single malt Indian whiskies in India is limited to metropolitan cities and most of the whiskies that are readily available are the blended versions.
We bring to you a list of the top 10 best whisky that are manufactured in India, though most of them may not be easily available in the market and you would have to do quite a bit of research to get a bottle for yourself. We have punched in some of these exquisite variants along with a few well-known ones.
Best Whisky in India
Rampur Single Malt Whisky
A gem of a whisky from the distilleries of Radico Khaitan, this one had been made mainly for export. Radico Khaitan has been in the whisky business for almost half a century but it was not until 2016 that they produced their first Single Malt. This creamy and malty whisky has notes of vanilla, apricot and apple in it. It has an alcohol content of 43% and it is hard to find a bottle of Rampur Single Malt in a store near you. But purely due to its character and quality, it had to make its way to our list of best whishky in india.
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Amrut Fusion Whisky
With a score of 97 out of 100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, Amrut Fusion from the Amrut distilleries is definitely worth mentioning. This Single Malt whisky has gained its name from the mixed use of Scottish and Indian barley in its manufacturing. The whisky carries an oaky punch to the palate followed by hints of cocoa and coffee and the finishing note is smooth and long lasting combination of citrus and spices.
Amrut Single Malt Whisky
Another award winning single malt from the Amrut Distilleries, The Indian Single Malt has won many accolades including the Liquid Gold Award, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2010. This single malt whisky has distinct liquorice- bourbon notes at the nose with a near perfect bittersweet balance along with burnt honeycomb and toffee in abundance. This smoothly flows into a barley-oak sweetness and finally leaves a creamy toffee lingering note at the death.
Paul John Edited Whisky
Made from 100% malted barley and containing 46% alcohol by volume, Paul John Edited is manufactured by John distilleries. It is a combination of their fruity unpeated single malt whisky with 20-25ppm peated spirit. This gives the whisky a distinct sweet and spicy base balance by a subtle earthen smoke. It has a clear chocolate mint nose with a grassy barley taste that ends with hints of spices and tannins with a smooth vanilla death.
Paul John Brilliance Whisky
Another master stroke from John Distilleries, Paul John Brilliance is made from barley grown in the foothills of Himalayas and is distilled and matured in Goa. The fruity single malt has a creamy texture to it. The whisky opens at the nose with nougat, dog pudding and vanilla with orange blossom honey followed by a caramel and chocolate taste that ends with vanilla and a tingle from spices. The Paul John brilliance has 46% alcohol by volume.
Peter Scott Malt Whiskey
This blended whisky manufactured by Khoday India Ltd. scores 84 in Jim Murray’s whisky Bible. This velvety smooth whisky is golden in color and is a splendid blend of Scotch and matured Indian spirits. Peter Scott was the only Indian 100% malt whisky that matured in Oakwood. The Peter scott Malt Whisky is perfectly priced to suit the Indian common man who have a tongue for good whisky.
Royal Stag Barrel Select Whisky
Scotch Malt Whiskies and Indian Grained Spirits are blended and matured in hand-picked oak barrels to produce the Royal stag barrel select. A Seagram’s product manufactured in the Pernod Ricard distilleries has a fruity woody and smoky nose that opens up to a sweet vanilla and slightly spicy taste ending in a floral glow with subtle notes of oak.
Blender’s Pride Reserve Whisky
Another blended stellar from Pernod Ricard, the Blender’s Pride Reserve is an exceptional mix of the Scotch malts and Indian grained spirits. The Scotch Malts are matured in select casks using the Solera process and blended with Indian grained spirits to give you a fruity palate. The aroma opens at the nose with hints of vanilla and honey followed by a woody and oaky sweetness. The taste is subtle, sweet and well balanced with fruity notes underlying a smoky base. The ending note is rounded and creamy and leaves you with a truly pleasant after taste.
Signature Rare and Aged Whisky
Also known as the McDowell’s Signature Rare and Aged, this peated Indian blended whisky is manufactured by the United spirits ltd. Aged whiskies from Islay and Highland regions of Scotland are blended to perfection with Indian Grained spirits to give you a whisky that has an alcohol content of 42.8% by volume. The Signature rare and aged has a light and honeyed nose with hints of cereals and heather. The palate has a nice medium body with light peat smoky notes and caramel followed by cereal and oily notes at the death.
Antiquity Blue Whisky
Manufactured by the United Spirits, Antiquity blue is one of the most popular Indian Blended Premium whiskies. It was awarded the Silver Best In Class in the Spirits tasting competition by the International Wine and Spirit Competition. It is made from Indian Grained Spirits blended and matured with Scotch Malts. The whisky is distilled in copper pot stills and matured and mellowed in imported white oak casks and later fused with premium Scotch malts to produce a rich malt and woody aroma. The taste has traces of peat and heather that finally leaves a subtle yet full bodied bouquet of flavours.
So we have already provided you with the top 10 best whisky in India and if you are not accustomed to some of the names mentioned in our list, it’s time to lay your hands on a bottle. Keep coming on Fashion Guruji for Indian men’s fashion and lifestyle knowledge.