Our favourite Indian Whiskeys

Of all the things a Whisky lover would do, one can never be as bold as to claim just a few favourites and assert them champions over the rest – it would be like picking your favourite child so to speak. At Bengaluru Duty Free, we understand that this could be quite tricky. Thus, we hope to help you assemble your own collection of the best Indian Whiskies in the world. These should definitely make it into your liquor cabinet for when you’re in the mood for some of that ‘desi daaru’.

We also proud to showcase two of the finest, award-winning Indian Single Malt Whiskies that are now renowned all over the world for their smooth and unrivalled taste.



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The founders of the Amrut distillery aptly named it “Amrut” after the Elixir of Life as per Indian Mythology.

Single Malt Whisky by Amrut is a product of years of research that ensure that this Whisky matches world standards. Made from selected Indian barley, grown at the feet of the Himalayas, nurtured by the waters flowing there and cultivated using age old agricultural practices. It is distilled in small batches to preserve the natural aroma and matured in oak barrels in a unique tropical condition. It is hands down the best Whisky India has ever produced.

Paul John
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The many personalities of Goa are captured in each of Paul John’s creations. The warm temperatures certainly help mature the Whiskies faster, giving them their own, signature taste and flavour.


Paul John Single Malt or Brilliance is a Single Malt Whisky made in Goa which goes through the traditional whisky making process. Paul John Whiskies are considered delectable with a lot of character and intensity on the tasting notes. One of world’s most celebrated Whiskies, this one goes best with the traditional Goan dessert Bebinca.


McDowell’s No 1
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One of the top selling brands in India is the Mc Dowell’s No 1 Whisky. The brand was launched in 1968 by the United Spirits Limited and comes in variants like Reserve, Diet Mate and Platinum.

Officers Choice
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A brand by Allied Blenders and Distillers (ABD), known as “OC” by the common man in India, is the second most selling Whisky brand in India, which is made by blending the best of Indian neutral spirits with Malt Spirits.

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This Whisky brand by Diageo-USL is the next on the list of the most selling Whiskies in India. This is also one of the top 100 brands in the world and is a sought after drink for most avid Whisky fans.

Royal Stag
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Seagram’s Royal Stag was released in the Indian market in 1995. The brand is owned by the second largest liquor company in the world – Pernod Ricard. It blends Indian grain based spirits with imported Scotch Malts. It is now available in the Barrel Select expression as well.

Original Choice
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This brand is owned by John Distilleries. This is another well known brand in the country and is one among the top 20 best selling Whiskies in the world.

Old Tavern
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Another popular choice among Whiskey brands in India is Old Tavern, which holds a considerable market share in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Hayward’s Fine
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Hayward’s Fine is another brand owned by Diageo-USL, which has earned a place on this list. It is an economically priced brand, which is gaining increasing popularity not only in India, but also in the Middle East and Africa.

Imperial Blue
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Also known as Seagram’s Imperial Blue, this brand gives a fine blend of Scotch Malts with Indian grain spirits. The brand was launched by Seagrams in 1997. This is one of the favourite Whisky brands among the middle class. The “men will be men” campaign has really taken this brand to a different dimension and placed the brand well in the Indian alcohol market.

If Indian Whisky is not your first choice, then you’d love to explore our vast collection of imported Whiskies, here: http://goo.gl/bo0a4m



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