About Indian Spirits

There are numerous spirits produced in India, from vodka and rum to whiskey and eau-de-vie. Certain products are rather commercial, as they are tied into local sporting teams, but quality of the whiskeys, including single malts, is very high. Peach eau-de-vie has tantalizing fruit flavors with a honeyed finish and is quite distinctive.
Top Picks for India
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Amrut
Old Port Deluxe Rum
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of fallen starfruit and banana chew, fallen guanabana, asiago rind, and dried lime with an oily, fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-length vanilla caramel chew and dried cherries, orange flower water and Cheetos, chocolate wafer cookie, and spumoni finish. A sweet and candied rum with a hint of funk.
88 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Royal Circle
Whisky
Medium golden amber color. Aroma of limestone with a soft, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a warming, brief creamed corn, vanilla nougat, burned toast with spinach, and starched shirt finish. A neutral-tasting grain whiskey for beginners.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Spirit of India
Feni
clear with a silver cast color. Bold, vaporous aromas of paint and turpentine, charred tropical pineapple, jackfruit, and durian, rubber sap and mothballs with a tannic, lively, fruity sweet medium body and a hot, medium-length Coleman’s’ fuel, rubber cement, scorched pineapple tin, and cashew fruit finish. A fiery and rustic spirit, similar to baijiu.
80 points $25.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab