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There may be many vodka or wines comes in but Indians favorite will be whiskey only, for all time. Whiskey is more popular in China and Russia than India. India is 3rd biggest consumer of whiskey, despite the fact that many Indian states have alcohol prohibition law as well. There are many brands of whiskey available in India, but below mentioned 10 are the most popular.
Whiskey was basically derived from Scotland and the reason it is also called scotch. But not all whiskey is scotch, a whiskey which is produced in Scotland is known for scotch (its standard, which needs to be followed). Scotland’s around 42000 jobs are depended on whiskey manufacturing, and brands like Diageo, pernod ricard, William grant and edrington group is producing 85% total whiskey in Scotland. But in India, those whiskey brands are hardly known, in India we have Mcdoland’s no.1, Royal Stage (RS), officer’s choice are more popular.
Do check out the top 10 brands of scotch whiskey below and try something new today;
Top 10 Best Scotch whiskey Brands in India
Below we have described the popular brands of scotch whiskey in India, their importance and how it tastes. We also have mentioned some of the brands ratings, price in india, do check out.
#1 McDowell’s No. 1
As the name suggest, McDowell’s is no.1 whiskey in india. It has been sold by United Spirits Limited (USL), was launched in 1968. It has been more popular than after in india and world, and comes up with many other variants as well. Variants like diet mate, reserve whiskey, and platinum whiskey (the most popular one). 19.5 million Cases were sold by McDowell’s in the year 2012, which shows how popular it is. It has also won gold medal in reader’s digest, 2006 year. McDowell’s brand has sponsored many musical shows and has good names associated with them as brand ambassador.
Price :- Rs.490 for 750 ML bottle.
#2 Officer’s Choice
Officer’s Choice has been produced by allied blenders and distillers (ABD) which is owned by kishore chhabaria. It has been made by mixing Indian spirits and natural spirits, it has been sold around 18.1million cases in the year 2012. It is one of the strongest whiskey in india, which is priced around Rs.540 for 750 ML bottle.
#3 Royal Stag
Pernod ricard which is biggest group in making whiskey is producing royal stag. Royal stag was launched in the year 1995 in india, and it has used Indian spirits, and added scotch malts, makes it perfect in taste. Two companies, pernod ricard and Diageo, has takeover to seagram (which was distributing royal stag in india) in the year 2001. In the year 2012, royal stag has sold record break 14 million cases, which made it to list under “Top 100 Brands of Retail Value”.
Price :- Rs.280 for 750ML bottle.
#4 Imperial Blue
Imperial blue was also been owned by seagram (for india business), but later penrod ricard has owned seagram and Imperial blue and other whiskey brands goes to French company penrod ricard. Imperial blue was launched in the year 1997 in india by seagram. It has been made of Indian spirits as well as scotch malts. Imperial blue is also famous in india for their marketing campaign called “Men will be men”.
Price :- Rs.390 for 750 ML bottle.
#5 Old Tavern
In state like uttar Pradesh and bihar, and some of the Africa countries, old tavern is quite popular. In the year 2012, old tavern has sold around 11.6 million cases. It is one of the most affordable whiskey with Indian spirits, and which is been exported in all over the world.
Price: – Rs.300 for 750 ML.
Another one from United Spirits Ltd (USL), which is sub group of united breweries group, bagpiper was launched in the year 1976. In the year 2006, bagpiper whiskey has also won the award of reader’s gold award and also been named as “most trusted brand”. Bagpiper was also included in Top 100 brands of Impact international’s list. In the year 2012, Bagpiper has sold around 16 million cases.
Price :- Rs.280 for 750 ML bottle.
#7 Johnnie Walker
Johnnie Walker is quite famous in international market but due taste and price issue, it has been less demanded in India. Johnnie Walker has been offering different flavors like red label, blue label, black label and platinum label. For the 3 years, United States of America has awarded green label, and due to its strong taste, it has been now demanded in India too.
Price :- Rs.400 for 750 Ml bottle.
#8 Original Choice
One of the local brand of india which has got quite popular, original choice is produced in Goa, India by john distillers. In the year 2013, john distillers has won the case against allied blenders distillers in intellectual property appellate board, to use “original choice” name (as Allied blenders distillers has officer’s choice of similar name brand). In the year 2012, original choice has sold 10.9 million cases.
Price:- Rs.280 for 750 ML bottle.
#9 Haywards Fine
Haywards Fine is owned by united spirits ltd. It is one of the most popular and affordable whiskey brand. In the year 2012, this brand has sold around 7.1 million case, Haywards Fine is quite popular in African markets and middle east as well.
Price:- Rs.360 for 750 ML bottle.
#10 8 PM
8 PM is another Indian brand whiskey, which is owned by radico khaitan (earlier known as Rampur distillery and chemical company ltd), was launched in the year 1999. In the year 2013, 8 PM has sold around 4.9 million cases. 8PM scotch is known for its smooth and blended scotch taste.
Price :- Rs.250 for 750 ML bottle.
These are the scotch whiskey brands of India which are quite popular and has high demand. There is no competition between vodka, wine or whiskey (no doubt all of them are alcohol) but still each of them has different audience to drink, different demands and different purpose also (you know what i mean).
Hope our list will help you to get to know about popular whiskey brands in India. How many of these you have tried? Do let us know in the comment section below.
Mostly girls goes for Vodka because of the two reasons, one it taste very light because, it is made of potatoes and grains. And 2nd reason is that it contains only 30-35% of alcohol. But not only girls, Vodka is quite popular in boys too. It looks transparent (if not in any flavor), and the reason it is widely accepted. Where it comes from? Well, on this topic, we had many long debates but we come to know that vodka was derived from Poland and Russia. And the reason, in India too, international brands only famous, which are mostly imported.
In India, vodka is getting famous in all parties; in fact parties are never complete without vodka nowadays. Below we have mentioned top 10 vodka brands in India. Since there are many brands available in India of vodka, it’s quite tough to select one; we have chosen best vodka based on the taste and price. Red Wine lovers can check best brand of wine here.
Top 10 Best Vodka Brands in India 2017
#1 Grey Goose
The number and my personal favorite vodka brand is Grey goose. It does not made in india, its imported directly from France’s Bacardi limited. In the 1998, Grey goose has won platinum award at world spirits championship, named it “world’s best tasting vodka in the world”. This vodka is available in 5 different flavors, La poire, ‘L’ orange, Le citron, Cherry noir and grey goose regular.
Price :- 750 ML for Rs.6000/-.
Belvedere comes from Poland, specially made in finest ryne of Poland. There are 3 flavors quite famous in india of Belvedere, Belvedere Red, Belvedere Silver and Belvedere Intense. It contains 40% alcohol, and despite that, its quite famous in world wide. Indian market mostly goes for Brand name and Belvedere name is quite popular now. It definitely cost less than Grey goose but has good taste as well.
Price: – Rs.5600 for 700 ML.
#3 Absolut Vodka
Absolut vodka is available in almost 7 flavors in india and is quite famous for its taste to bottle design as well. Absolut was made by prenod ricard ABD of Sweden and is quite old brand. This brand is available in Absolut 100, Absolut peach, Absolut pepper, Absolut citron, Absolut mandarin and Absolut kurant.
Price: – Rs.2000 for 750 ML. It contains 40% alcohol.
Smirnoff vodka is produced by British company Diageo, which has won Gold Medal at world spirit award, San Francisco. It taste mostly as the name suggest, Smirnoff vanilla. But also available in Smirnoff green apple, Smirnoff orange, and Smirnoff lime. It is one of the most affordable vodka brand in india.
Price :- Rs.995 for 750 ML.
#5 Wodka Gorbatschow
In 2006, Wodka Gorbatschow has won monde selection gold award. This amazing tasted vodka is made in Berlin, Germany. Apart from the default basic flavour, Wodka Gorbatschow is also available in Green apple, vanilla, and orange flavor too. In india, it is imported mostly and has good demand of this vodka brand.
Price:- Rs.690 for 750 ML.
Eristoff comes from Georgia, has good demand in india and priced very less. It is available in Eristoff Original, Eristoff Green and Eristoff Apple. This brand of vodka is papered by Bacardi- martini after 3 stage filtration. In india, mostly distributed in bottled form. It contains 42% of alcohol.
Price :- Rs.800 for 750 ML.
Quality wise no one can beat Vladivar vodka, as it is made of 100% grain. It produced by united breweries house. Vladivar vodka is available in 3 flavors, green apple, Lemon Zest, and Orange Zest. You can have it with any Indian dishes, perfectly awesome taste. It contains 40% alcohol.
Price :- Rs.600 for 750 ML.
#8 Magic Moments
This vodka is made in india, at Radico khitan group. And this brand is being exported internationally too, and has very much good demand in india as well. In the year 2010, Magic Moments has won monde selection (Gold medal). This vodka is available in six flavor, lemon grass, chocolate, raspberry, Green apple, orange, and lemon. It has 38% of alcohol.
Price :- Magic Moments available at Rs.370 for 750 ML.
#9 Romanov Vodka
Another vodka from the united breweries house, who has won 2 star ratings from international taste and quality institute. Romanov is available in four flavor, apple, orange, lemon and premium flavors. It contains 43% of alcohol.
Price :- Rs.453 for 750 ML.
#10 White Mischief
Very known brand and quite affordable vodka brand in India, White Mischief which is again produced form the United breweries Group. It has got 3 star taste ratings, its high quality vodka. It has got gold certificate from international Spirituosen Wettbewerb, in the year 2007. White Mischief is available in Green Apple + cinnamon, ultra-pure and mango + mint flavor. All flavor contains strawberry flavors as well and the reason, it is quite popular in women’s of India.
Price: – Rs.455 for 750 ML.
These are the most famous and widely accepted Best Vodka Brands in India. We have chosen them on the basis of user feedback and price in India. If you have any suggestion or query, you can comment below. Thank you!
Not only in India but internationally, Indian wine’s are quite popular and that too in short span of time. There was a time when no one from India knows about our wines, which are well known in abroad. Also, this leads to more awareness among Indians about wins in India. There is increasing demands of Indian wine brands which are now getting more sales.
There many wine brands available in India but we have short listed 10 best wine brands, which are popular and you must try for it. Indian wine market is growing at rapid speed, more and more brands are now launching red wines in India. There is super tough competition in India between wine brands to capture huge market. In Nashik & Karnataka, you can find many Wineries, which supply big wine demand.
Do check out most popular Wine Brands in India, and their starting price in India as well;
Top 10 Best Wine Brands in India
#1 Chene Grand Reserve
This most popular brand comes from the house of grover vineyards, which is famous for its taste and aroma, is Chene Grand Reserve. One of the most expensive and personally tasted, Chene Grand Reserve available at Rs.1700 for 750 ML. Its a companion of grilled vegetables, pastas, stews. Chene Grand Reserve has got hong kong international award too in the year 2013.
#2 Grover La’ Reserve
Another one from Grover Zampa wineyards from nashik, this spicy wine is affordable yet quite tasty. Grover La’ Reserve was announced in mid 90s, when wine market in india was not at pick. Till date (5-6 year back), it was one of the most trusted wine in india, was known for its quality and price. Along with surge ripe of original ingredients, it also gives you flavour of chocolate and vanilla.
It comes at price of Just Rs.880 for 750ML, its taste is totally worth of your money. This wine is delivered from Cabernet sauvignon and shiraz grapes, made by French winemaker Bordeaux.
#3 Rasa Shiraz
Rasa Shiraz is also award winner wine brand, which is mostly exported outside india, has huge demand in abroad. Rasa Shiraz produced by Sula Vineyards, its a vintage wine which can good to have with barbecue dishes or soft cheese as well. It is available at Rs.1180 for 750 ML (2007 vintage).
SETTE produced by Fratelli wines, based on Akluj, has been quite popular in many parts of india. SETTE has won 2nd prize in 2013 world wine awards in UK, for 2009 vintage edition. It gives you taste of vanilla and ripe fruits, which you can try with spicy dishes. It is high end wine, comes at Rs.1650 for 750 ML.
#5 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Due to its spicy aroma effect and amazing taste, it has good followers and buyers in wine market. If you have lamb dishes with this wine, its perfect. It might give you taste of nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper as well. It is bit costly, around Rs.1350 for 750 ML (2005 Vintage).
#6 Chateau d’Ori Merlot
You heard about tasty grape Merlot? Well, this wine is derived name from Merlot grape. It taste amazing, as it stored in oak barrels, you can enjoy it with any type of meat.This amazing wine is produced by Chateau d’Ori Winery, which has strong aroma. It is affordable wine as well, just Rs.648 for 750 ML.
#7 La’ Reserve
La’ Reserve comes from sula vineyards of nashik, which is having good popularity in india. People love its aroma taste and enjoys it with barbecues dish or any other hot dishes. One can even try soft cheese with La’ Reserve. It is priced at Rs.800 for 750 ML (2010 vintage).
#8 Barrique Reserve Shiraz
Its a masterpieace and best dry wine, full body wine, Barrique Reserve Shiraz is one of the most popular wine brand in india. It has been created by four season wineyards, which contains blackberry, aroma and some spices as well. You can enjoy red meat, mushroom or matured cheese with this wine. Barrique Reserve Shiraz wine priced At Rs.900 for 750 ML for 2009 vintage taste.
#9 SeaGram’s Nine Hills
In 2007 india wine challenge, Seagram nine hills has won best wine award. Comes from seagram brand, (which is popular for whiskey). Still Seagram nine hill is quite popular brand in india and has good demand as well. It is combination of cherry and strawberry and little vanilla for you. It taste little spicy as well, you can enjoy deep fried dish with this wine. It is priced at Rs.565 for 750 ML.
#10 Dindori Reserve Shiraz
In the sommelier India Wine Competition of 2009, Dindori Reserve Shiraz has won best wine award. It comes from the sula vineyards, has full body taste, and uses lamb and hard cheese to give you perfect taste. It also gives taste of lush berry. Price of Dindori Reserve Shiraz is affordable, Rs.850 for 750 ML.
These are the popular and best wine brands in india. All of them are made in india (mostly in nashik/Karnataka wineyards). Do check out and do lets us know in comment below, how many of them you have tasted?