Top 5 Whiskey Brands in India
You must still remember the time when you had your first sip of whiskey. Was it your hostel dorm or some party and did you like the taste?
Be it a wedding anniversary or a birthday, whiskey pours spark to all kind of celebrations. Life is tough and everyone needs to add some fun to it in order to keep going. You can't just live every day in the same way, some days are meant to celebrate and enjoy life and whiskey is the exact thing that you need in the process.
Though there are plenty of brands out there which claim to provide you with the best quality whiskey but are all of them worthy? Can you trust them all or you need someone to tell you?
A drink like whiskey can definitely add some spark but can also affect your health. In order to stay healthy and also enjoy your time, we have curated a list of Top 5 Whiskey Brands in India. And also to help you in deciding what drink you should have when you make a visit to India the next time. Find out the best one of your choice from the list or just try one by one to find your favourite companion.
Top 5 Whiskey Brands in India to Try Right Now-
Blenders Pride is an Indian whiskey brand, owned by Pernod Richard. In case you are looking for a whiskey that is made without any artificial flavours and just with blending Indian grains with imported Scottish malt then I suggest you try Blenders Pride. It is available in 5 different size variants, 1L, 2L, 750ml, 375ml and 180ml. GQ magazine described Blenders Pride as “smooth and smoky” with a rating of 6 out of 10.
Launched in 1995, Blenders Pride is a leading whiskey brand in India within the Premium admix category. No artificial flavouring and exceptional taste allows a hangover-free morning and also no headache, unlike the other cheap whiskey brands. In December 2011, it launched a reserve collection of whiskies that were the most expensive whiskies in the Indian market.
Royal Stag, launched in 1995 is also known as the Seagram's Royal Stag. Also available in various countries around the world in different packing sizes. It was the first Indian whiskey brand that didn't use any artificial flavours but just the blend of real grain spirits and imported Scottish malt.
It is commonly available in 1L, 750 ml, 375 ml, 180 ml, 90 ml and 60 ml bottles in almost every wine shop in India. Its logo depicts the reason behind the name that is after a specific species of deer that are famous for their antlers. Royal Stag is placed in the deluxe segment of Indian whiskey brands, and the target market is the upper middle of age between 25-40 years. As advertising alcoholic beverages in India is banned since 2000, it uses three themes for indirectly advertising it namely, Mega Movie, Mega Music and Mega Cricket.
Bagpiper is an Indian whiskey brand that is manufactured by United Spirits Limited (USL). Bagpiper describes its taste like a light malty aroma with a hint of smooth woody character. It tastes quite similar to blended whiskey flavoured with a pot still malt whiskey.
According to a survey conducted in 2010 by a London based liquor research firm, International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR), Bagpiper was the seventh largest selling spirits brand.
Bagpiper was initially launched by Herbertsons Limited in 1976 and was later acquired by United Breweries Group in 1973.
McDowell's No. 1
McDowell's No. 1 whiskey was launched in 1968 and is a blend of Indian malt whiskies and imported scotch. It is sold in various countries besides India like Canada, Japan and UAE.
In 2006 McDowell's launched world’s first diet whiskey. The product was initially launched at Thane and Mumbai but soon it expanded to other markets as well.
If you're an Indian then you must have seen many cricketers and Indian actors promoting the brand through TV commercials. The brand owns the heart of many Indians and so can easily be considered as one of the most selling Indian whiskey brands.
Officer's Choice, merely known as OC is the most popular Indian whiskey brand owned by Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD), formerly BDA. It is also recognised as one of the largest spirits brands in the world. In 2014, it sold 28.4 million cases that are higher than any spirit’s brand in the world.
OC is one of those whiskies that are made from grain whereas most of the Indian brands are made from molasses. In 2013, OC became the world’s largest selling whiskey by dethroning Johnny Walker. It sold around 23.8 million cases in 2013 which was 15% of the total Indian liquor market share.
You may like the taste of different brands but if you really wish to find the right flavour just according to your class, you will need to go through all the famous brands. Either you wish to celebrate or just chill out on a cold winter night, whiskey can be your favourite companion but don't forget that its overdose can result in severe health issues.
Whiskies can be quite expensive some time but you can't compromise with both your health and taste buds. Never risk your health just because of some bucks and only try out the best variants. This list can help you a lot if you actually wish to search the exact flavours of your choice.
Just go with the flow and try out random variants even if you know what's your favourite one. Get a bottle, leave the issues and stress behind you and enjoy a beautiful evening with your choice of whiskey. And do let us know, what's your favourite whiskey brand from all the above-mentioned names and also tell us if we missed your favourite one.