3 award-winning Indian gins
Launched by Goa-based Adventurist Spirits, Tamras gin is made with 16 botanicals, including lotus flower, fennel, grapefruit and Nilgiri tea. In Sanskrit, Tamras means “copper extract”, and the name is indicative of the copper-still distillation that the gin undergoes. If you’re a gin enthusiast, you can even visit the Tamras Gin Distillery in Colvale, North Goa, where you can explore the story behind the drink and then enjoy some gin cocktails. The gin is also unique because it is made from scratch at the distillery, with a base spirit made from Basmati rice sourced from Punjab.
2.Stranger & Sons
Stranger & Sons was launched in 2018, and is distilled in the sunshine state of Goa. Made with juniper, black pepper, nutmeg, mace, coriander seed, angelica, liquorice, cassia and citrus peels, the gin quickly became a favourite for gin-lovers in the country. In 2020, it became the first Indian gin to win a Gold-Outstanding medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2020 in London. Following that, it has won several awards, including a gold at the Gin Master 2021. With a citrus peel mix from the Gondhoraj lebu, Indian bergamot and Nagpur oranges, the gin has managed to shine an international spotlight on Indian botanicals.
Hapusa is the Sanskrit word for juniper, the berries used to make gin around the world. Distilled by NAO Spirits, the Himalayan dry gin uses Himalayan juniper berries, along with botanicals like raw mango, Gondhoraj lebu and turmeric. The IWSC panel described the homegrown gin as “A powerful and wonderfully fragrant gin, with pronounced and complex juniper on the nose. The palate is smooth with citrus and Himalayan juniper working together to create a stunning end-product.”