Whisky is an alcoholic beverage and one of the most popular hard drinks across the globe, and if you’re a whiskey lover, you’ll know how important good brands are. I think most of people who drink whiskey prefer them according to their tastes. While there are global brands available in India, these are quite expensive and if you like a peg or two on a regular basis, it’s always good to invest in a good quality Indian brand which will fit your price budget.
So, if you are looking for which Indian whiskey is best to taste? Here are the top ten whisky brands in India that you would love to taste their flavours.
10. Director’s Special
This is one of the best brands when it comes to quality and class. Although it was originally manufactured by Shaw Wallace, it has been acquired by United Spirits Limited in 1988. Molasses are fermented to make this amazing special whisky. It is found everywhere in India and has been one of the favorite whisky brands in India for years now.
9. 8 PM
Launched in 1999, it is considered one of the most classy and loved whisky brands in India. 8 PM is known for providing affordable and high quality whisky. This makes it popular in smaller towns. The brand was founded by Radico Khaitan, popularly known as Rampur Distillery & Chemical Company Limited. It is 100% grain based and one of the best whiskies at an affordable price in India.
8. Haywards Fine
While this is a fairly new brand, the sales for Haywards Fine have been increasing rapidly. Haywards is a well known brand that is very popular in the Middle East and is now growing in India. This is an affordable whisky which is smooth and tastes really good. If you’re planning a party and don’t want your liquor bills going up too high, order a few bottles of Haywards Fine.
7. Imperial Blue
Imperial Blue is one of the most popular Whisky brands in India. It comes from the house of Seagram which has been around for a long time. Seagrams is a French company which has been selling whisky in India since 1997. This is a single malt whisky which has a high sales ratio in India. The brand targets males between the ages of 25 to 35 years.
6. Old Tavern
This has been one of the newest and most popular whisky brands in India. It is a lot more popular in the rural areas due to the low cost and high quality whisky offered by Old Tavern. This whisky is great for small private parties that are on a budget. It consists of a blend of extra neutral alcohol and lovely flavors.
5. Original Choice
This Goa based whiskey is popular in India and the world. This brand is popular due to its flavor and taste. This brand is also among the 20 most sold whisky brands in the world. Developed by John Distilleries, it is manufactured in Goa. As per 2012, Original Choice has sold more than 10 million cases in India alone.
Bagpiper is one of the leading whisky brands in India that has been around since 1976. The brand is known for its consistent taste and quality and has even won multiple awards for the same. This is one of the first brands to sell tetra packs of whisky in India. Bagpiper is one of the most trusted brands in India and also falls under the top 100 brands internationally.
3. Royal Stag
Royal Stag is one of the most popular whiskey brands in India that belongs to a French company called Pernod Richard. The brand was launched in India under Seagrams label and has been selling in India with that label ever since. This is one of the highest consumed whisky brands in India. It is a single malt whisky that is quite affordable and suits the palate of most whisky lovers. This is one of the few whisky brands in India that does not use any artificial flavors into their blend.
2. Officers Choice
This has been one of the most popular whisky brands in India for decades now. Officers Choice whisky is known for its unique taste and amazing spirits. This whisky consists of Malt Spirits and Indian Spirits. Owned by Kishore Chabaria, it is regarded as one of the best brands of whisky in India. As of 2012, Officers Choice sold over 18 million cases in India alone.
1. McDowell’s No 1
McDowell’s No 1 is easily one of the most popular whisky brands in India. It is one of the most sold brands in India. It has been available in India since 1968 and is owned by United Spirits Limited. It comes in various amazing variants such as Diet Mate, Platinum and Reserve. McDowell’s No 1 is a subsidiary of the DIAGEO Group. As of 2012, this brand sold over 19 million cases in India.