When it comes to liquor then whisky is the undisputed leader and most popular drink that is known to mankind. India is not much different in this case, whether a tippler or a connoisseur whisky is preferred by all. If you have to go by the figures then India stands as the third largest consumer of whisky and scotch brands in the whole world. Due to the growing popularity of it, the Scotch whisky companies are coming in this country and making good revenue out if it. Even in the presence of the top Indian whisky brands, in India scotch is getting accolades and share of their pie. But before dig deep into this subject it’s necessary to know that which are recognised as the Scotch whisky.
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For whisky to be called as the Scotch whisky it has to be made and matured in the Scotland. There are various firms which are engaged in the production of the Scotch whisky in Scotland which are different from each other in terms of taste and aroma. There are various best whisky brands produced in the Scotland and regaining the Indian market. Now let’s see the scotch brands in India that are leading the market and getting more popularity.
Brewed in the distilleries of Islay, Scotland this one is the newest inclusions in the Indian market but since the day of it launch it has taken the market in no time due to its distinctive aroma and very smoky flavour. This scotch is also won various international awards amongst which best Scotch whisky in the Single Malt category and also Best Scotch whisky in peated category are worth mentioning. The beauty of this whisky lies in its fruity sweetness.
This single malt scotch whisky is produced by the famous PERNOD RICARD of Scotland. The area of origin of this scotch is Speyside of Scotland and since the day of it an entry in the market it’s making a lot of buzzes. Due to its amazing taste and aroma, it won two awards in international competition of whisky. This whisky received various awards in the competitions but best Scotch whisky in Speyside Single Malt category of 2015 and also Distiller’s Single Malts, 2014 are the two most coveted awards that it won in two consecutive years. It costs almost Rs. 13000 in India today.
This is probably the most famous and popular whisky brands in India which originated in the Scotland but gets its real appreciation in this country. This brand is most famous amongst the Indians when it comes to top whisky brands in India. This is not only considered as the best liquor in India, in the world also it has its own recognition and connoisseurs. This whisky is carefully created from the blend of 40 whiskies and thus, it can give you the real and best taste of a scotch. The brand is owned by the Diageo, the largest manufacturers of liquor in the world.
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Since the inception of this brand in the year 1801 this brand has became the number one in the blended Scotch segment. Made from twenty single malts this scotch has a distinctive aroma and taste of dark chocolate with a touch of the wood. One single bottle of this scotch will cost you Rs. 15000 in India.
This classic Scotch is brewed in highlands of the Scotland and it has a malty sweet taste. This one is regarded as the finest Scotch that you can find in the Indian market created in highlands of Scotland. Due to its quality, it bagged various prestigious awards in the international spirits and liquor festivals all over the globe. Consecutively in 2014 and 2015 this brand has won the best prize in the Best Single Malt whisky category.
This heavily peated whisky is the product of the islay and the second entrant in the list of the best scotch whisky available in India after Lagavulin. This smoky whisky is revered for the medicinal malts and richness of iodine.
Reckoned as the finest blended whisky in the world, this brand is amongst the most favourites amongst the Indians due to its affordable price tag and also due to its amazing taste. This scotch has been awarded as Liquid Gold in 2014 by famous Jim Murray. Rich and sweet taste of barley and caramel makes it popular amongst the Indians.
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This is another inclusion from the stable of the Pernod Ricard and Chivas and regarded as the classic Scotch whisky of its class. Due to this is the reason this year it won double whammy and also best whisky of the year in the 3-18 years category. If you want to taste the best of the scotch then you may try it for sure. It will cost you more than Rs.12000 a bottle in India.
This whisky is a product of the relatively younger distillery situated not in Scotland but in India. But due to outstanding quality, it has carved a niche for itself and manages a place in the world’s best whisky. This whisky is made from the Himalayan grain. Voted as the best in its class and managing 94 points from the connoisseur like Jim Murray, is certainly help it to cut to the top list of best Scotch whisky of India.
Another Indian whisky (single malt) managed a place in this list due to its amazing quality and taste. Created in Amrut distilleries of Bangalore, this brand has gained accolades in the various international competitions all over the world and thus managed a spot in this list. Only three variants of it are accessible in India. The best part is that it is made from the barley of Scotland and also of India, thus it gets its name fusion. This is a sure winner in best whisky in India category.
Though there is no dearth of the world’s best vodka brands in India or the top rum brands in India, but still the scotch has made a separate class and position for itself. Whether you have tasted best tequila brands in India or top of the shelf and internationally acclaimed and famous best brandy brands or best beer in India, while in India tasting the scotch or Indian single malt or fusion whisky is a must.
|1||Lagavulin (16 yrs Single Malt)|
|2||Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 Years Old|
|3||Johnnie Walker Black Label (12 yrs Blended Scotch)|
|4||Chivas Regal (18 yrs Blended Scotch)|
|5||Aberfeldy (12 yrs Single Malt)|
|6||Laphroaig, the 10 yrs Single Malt|
|7||Ballantine’s Finest blended Scotch|
|8||Ballantine’s 17 Years Old Blended Scotch|
|9||Paul John Brilliance Single Malt|
|10||Amrut Fusion (Single Malt)|