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
Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
Old gold color. Aromas of honey toasted nuts, vanilla fudge, dried alfalfa, and buttered raisin bread with a rich, fruity medium-full body and a long, toffee, mocha cream, mossy earth, green tobacco, and peppery spice finish. Nice vibrancy and layers of flavor. Add a little water for more honeyed fruit and smoothness.
91 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Premier Grain Whisky
Pale amber color. Attractive and distinctive aromas of bbq spice rub, chocolate nuts, and teriyaki jerky with a wispy soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a vanilla milk and smoked nut accented finish.
89 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Spirit of India
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