Discover 5 exceptional homegrown whiskies to elevate your home bar

From award-winning brands to spirits distilled in the hills, this article only lists out the finest Indian whiskies

Update: 2023-12-21 07:12 GMT

Indian whiskies hold a unique and growing significance in the world of spirits, making them valuable additions to any home bar. Renowned for their distinct flavours, innovative production techniques and rich cultural heritage, homegrown brands seem to be pervading the beverage space speedily and for all the right reasons. As some of you may already know, 2023 was a fine year for Indian whiskies, as a couple of brands bagged impressive titles at an international level, trumping various bold and age-old contenders. While adding these whiskeys to your collection provides a cultural twist, allowing you to explore distinct tastes influenced by the country's climate and ingredients, embracing Indian whiskies not only broadens your palate but also supports the growing global recognition of the country's spirits industry.

So without any further ado, let’s introduce you to our fine collection that will add that much-needed novelty to your home bar.

1. Indri
Indri was all over the news in the recent past given that their Diwali Collector's Edition 2023 was awarded the Double Gold Best In Show at Whiskies of the World-2023, one of the largest whisky-tasting competitions. Hailing from the largest whisky warehouse in India—Piccadilly Distillery—Indri surprises with its smooth texture. while its subtle notes of honey and oak make it an excellent choice for those seeking a refined and approachable dram.

2. Paul John
Awarded the Best Indian Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards in 2017, held in the UK, and known for its intense flavours of tropical fruits, spices, and a hint of chocolate, Paul John is a great addition to any whisky collection. And if you were to ask for a specific recommendation, the Paul John Brilliance is a bold and robust single malt whisky from the sunny shores of Goa that is a must-have for all whisky fanatics. The warm climate of Goa imparts a unique character to this expression, making it a standout choice for enthusiasts who appreciate a more powerful and flavourful drink.

3. Amrut 
Amrut is a trailblazer in the Indian whisky scene, gaining international acclaim for its quality and craftsmanship. A fusion of Indian and Scottish barley, this single malt offers a symphony of flavours, including ripe fruits, spices and a touch of peat smoke. Amrut Fusion Single Malt Whisky bagged a gold medal and seized the “World Whisky of the Year” award at the 2019 Bartenders Spirits Awards, held in San Francisco. Adding Amrut Fusion to your home bar ensures you have a globally recognized Indian whisky that appeals to a wide range of palates.

4. Rampur 
Rampur is crafted in the foothills of the Himalayas, boasting a regal and elegant profile. Aged in handpicked oak barrels, it presents a harmonious blend of dried fruits, vanilla and subtle spices. With its smooth finish, Rampur is an excellent choice for those seeking a sophisticated and well-balanced Indian single malt whisky. 

5. Royal Tiger Whisky 
Royal Tiger Whisky is a classic and well-loved choice among Indian whisky enthusiasts. Known for its rich heritage and smooth character, this blended whisky offers a delightful combination of malt and grain spirits. With its approachable flavour profile, Royal Tiger is a versatile option suitable for sipping neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails, making it a staple for your home bar while also lending your happy hour a premium edge.

Whether you're a seasoned whisky connoisseur or a curious beginner, these five Indian whiskies bring a diverse range of flavours and experiences to your home bar. And what better excuse than the soon-approaching festive season to try out these fine, opulent spirits?


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