5 Underrated alcohol brands in India that one must try
- Amrut Single Malt
Launched in 2004, Amrut is India’s first single-malt whisky. The word Amrut comes from the Sanskrit word, Amrit meaning elixir of life. Made from barley, which is sourced from the foothills of the Himalaya and aged in wooden oak barrels that gives it distinct color and flavor, Amrut is a must have one. Today, Amrut has two bottling units in India, with annual sales exceeding Rs150 crore.
Price: Rs 3,500 approx
2. Paul John Single Malt
Paul John is a single malt whiskey made by John Distillers Ltd (JDL), a Bengaluru-based brewer. The whisky is made up of classic Indian ingredients like barley from the Himalayas and indigenous ingredients from the bay of Goa. It is the barley, water and charred oak caskets which allows you to enjoy it’s taste, The Great Indian Single Malt. Available in stores across Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi, It contains an average of 46% alcohol.
Price: Rs 3,700 approx
- Desmond Ji
A little-known fact is that tequila made in Mexico can only be called tequila. It cannot bear the name of tequila if it’s made anywhere else, hence this agave liquor, aka tequila is distilled and manufactured in Goa by Desmond Nazareth. This top-shelf alcohol is made with blue-green agave sourced from the Deccan Plateau, and it will surely remind you of a classic taste of tequila.
Price: Rs 800 approx
- Solan No. 1
Brewed in the Himalayas by Mohan Meakin, the company that also produces the famous Old Monk rum, a bottle of Solan No. 1 still costs just about Rs600 in India. Solan No. 1 is blended with mature Malt Spirits produced using traditional Scottish methods of malting, kneading, and distillation on vintage copper pot stills and aged in aged oak casks. Its name comes from the village names Solan near Kasauli.
Price: Rs 600 approx
- Wild Tiger
If your are bored with the same old rum and wanna give something else a try, venture upon Wild Tiger Rum. The striking stripped packaging is hard to miss. Pegged as India’s first premium rum, Wild Tiger is a blend of molasses and pure sugar cane spirits that are aged in ex-Bourbon oak wood casks. It has gathered a lot of praises, and the smooth finish will win you over. It also makes for a great gift to someone who loves their rum
Price: Rs 2,000 approx