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A Handy And Comprehensive Guide To The 30 Best Whisky Brands in India

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 16 min read

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If there is one drink we call that can coalesce the nation, it's the perfect old-fashioned whiskey. Whiskey not only pours fun to live but also pour life into life. It is the signifier of all the celebrations, be it a friends party, birthday, anniversary or wedding, it is an ultimate drink of entente and the best drink to unwind after a protracted exhausting day of work. Bringing to you the 30 Best Whisky Brands in India that will surely put you in a dilemma: What the hell should I drink? From country-made desi whiskey to the most exquisite single malts to the Blended one the number of varieties has exploded over the past decade or so and we are sure none of them should fail to please your alcohol bourne. So whether you’re looking for an easy weekend sipper on chilling stones or on the rocks, massive peat smoke for a spine-chilling winter night, or a budget bourbon for a pitcher of Old Fashioneds, we’ve got the perfect bottle for you. Scroll down to know more about the Most Popular and Top Whisky Brands in India.

 

Best Single Malt Whisky Brands

1. The Macallan

 

One of the most highly revered Whisky brands in India, The Macallan, fortunately, is one Scotch that is easy to love immediately. An only Scotch distillery that has its own Master of Wood, The Macallan is the third largest selling single malt Whiskey in the world and the second largest by value. The name Macallan is thought to have derived from the two Gaelic words, ‘Magh’, and ‘Ellan’, meaning ‘fertile ground’ and ‘of St Fillan’ respectively – St Fillan is thought to be an Irish monk that spread the Christian word throughout Scotland in the 8th Century. A globally praised single malt scotch whiskey the Macallan promises the sherried sweetness and some spice carry over from the nose. The whiskey is big and creamy. A delicate, charred smokiness permeates the dram. More like a wood smoke than the coal smoke of Islay whiskeys. Not a peat monster, no caramel coloring (though the distillery is probably haunted), Macallan produces both great entry-level Scotch (like the Macallan 10 and 12) and some of the most coveted bottles for serious collectors.

best-whisky-brands-india-The-Macallan-Price-Rs. 9250 for 700 ml.

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Price of The Macallan Whisky Maker’s Edition 70CL in India: Rs. 9250 for 700 ml. 

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of Macallan Whisky Maker’s Edition 70CL: 42.8% ABV

 

 

2. Monkey Shoulder Triple Malt

 

For the lads and ladies who need all of it, Monkey Shoulder is crafted from not only one, but three distinct single malts - Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie, and packs in a super smooth ride! Be prepared for mellow vanilla notes with spicy pointers, and enjoy this one either on the rocks or in an exciting cocktail. One of the finest and Best Whisky Brands in India.

best-whisky-brands-india_Monkey_Shoulder_Triple_Malt_whisky_Price_Rs. 4000 for 700 ml.

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Price of Monkey Shoulder Triple Malt whiskey in India: Rs. 4000 for 700 ml. 

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of Monkey Shoulder Triple Malt: 40.00% ABV

 

 

3. Talisker 18

 

An intense drink, this tipple starts offevolved gently with a rich and fruity aroma and mild toffee notes, but as you sit back and relish your drink, you get a more extreme experience, this is smoky and even packs in a bit of a spicy kick!

best-whisky-brands-india_Talisker_18_Price_Rs. 5548 for 750 ml.

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Price of Talisker 18 whiskey in India: Rs. 5548 for 750 ml. (10 Years Old)

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of Talisker 1845.8% ABV

 

 

4. The Glenlivet 12

 

This one is pretty refreshing malt! An entry-stage Glenlivet, the 12-year-old packs in a citrusy punch, with the smooth aroma of grapefruit lemon and juicy citrus notes lingering on long after you've completed your drink

best-whisky-brands-india-glenlivet-12-price-Rs. 5610 for 750 ml. (12 Years Old)

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Price of The Glenlivet 12 whiskey in India: Rs. 5610 for 750 ml. (12 Years Old) 

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of The Glenlivet 12: 40% ABV

 

 

5. Glenfiddich 12

 

The World's most awarded single malt Scotch Whiskey and one of the last family distilleriesGlenfiddich 12 is one of the biggest players in this segment globally and proudly fits under the segment of one of the Best Whisky Brands in India. Mild and clean on the palate, this one is thought for a fruity aroma and a sweet, creamy mouthfeel.

best-whisky-brands-india_Glenfiddich_12_Price_Rs. 5750 for 750 ml. (12 Years Old)

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Price of Glenfiddich 12 whiskey in India: Rs. 5750 for 750 ml. (12 Years Old)

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of The Glenfiddich 12: 40% ABV

 

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6. Director's Special Whisky

 

Because of its richness and matured taste Director's Special is the whiskey of choice in India. It is made by mixing hand picked barley and malt. The whiskey has a smooth taste which is complemented by its rich aroma. The distinct flavor leaves an indelible impression upon all those who happen to cross its path, with every sip being a veteran's delight. With an alcohol percentage of 42.8%, it is available in world class bottles of 375, 750 and 1000 ml.

best-whisky-brands-india-Director's-Special-Whisky-Price-Rs. 310 for 750 ml.

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Price of Director's special whiskey in India: Rs. 310 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of The Director's Special Whisky: 42.8% ABV

 

 

7. Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or

 

Master of Malt! Getting more matured in hand-selected wine barriques from the well-known sweet wine growing vicinity of France, Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or offers splendid tipple rich, spicy sweet and spicy with notes of ginger, nutmeg lemon meringuehoneycomb and dessert-like flavors.

best-whisky-brands-india-Glenmorangie_Nectar_dOr-Price-Rs. 4120 for 750 ml. (12 Years Old)

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Price of Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or whiskey in India: Rs. 4120 for 750 ml. (12 Years Old)

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of The Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or: 46% ABV

 

 

8. Paul John Brilliance

 

Another desi single malt, this one is distilled in sunny Goa, and again packs in an interesting bouquet of pleasant flavors: begins on a touch of fruitiness with a creamy texture and moving on to pointers of honey, apple, vanilla, and cinnamon. scrumptious!

best-whisky-brands-india-Paul_John_Brilliance-Price-Rs. 699 for 750 ml.

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Price of Paul John Brilliance whiskey in India: Rs. 699 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of The Paul John Brilliance: 46% ABV

 

 

9. Amrut

 

The first single malt Whisky that is certainly Indian, Amrut is made out of hand-picked Indian barley from the foothills of the Himalayas and has a notable richness of flavor. splendidly layered, be prepared to taste a touch of spicy, floral, sweet and toffee notes.

best-whisky-brands-india-Amrut-Price-Rs. 3608 for 750 ml.

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Price of Amrut whiskey in India: Rs. 3608 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of The Amrut46% ABV

 

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Best Blended Whisky Brands

10. Johnnie Walker Blue Label

 

Amber with bright gold notes around the periphery this Blue Label is Johnnie Walker's most prestigious whiskey. The Cristal of the blended whiskey world. Probably the most famous super-premium blend made up of the finest old-aged malt and grain whiskeys. Wisps of peat smoke, hints of charred oak, rich vanilla cream, sweet chili pepper flake, bittersweet chocolate. Blue Label transitions into the finish like cotton candy melting in the mouth: almost imperceptible from mid-palate through the lingering notes of caramel, cocoa, peat, and cinnamon. Blue Label’s bold, multi-layered palate and silky delivery ensure that it sits unchallenged at the top of the Johnnie Walker pile.

best-whisky-brands-india-Johnnie_Walker_Blue_Label-Price-Rs. 20,500 for 1L

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Price of Johnnie Walker Blue Label In India: Rs. 20,500 for 1L

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of The Johnnie Walker Blue Label: 40% ABV

 

 

11. Black And White

 

The classic old blend of some of the finest whiskeys in Scotland, with a high proportion of quality grain. This legendary whiskey is originally known as House of Commons (after the British House of Commons), its nickname, referring to the black and white labeling, was eventually adopted as the official brand instead. Soft and vanilla-ed like ice cream, the kind where cream actually appears in the ingredients. Unripe kiwis, light citrus, and a little celery salt. Immediately sweet, and slightly smoky, salty even, then a bit souring, some pepper and oak. Definitive standard blend. Predominantly sweet without much else to compete. Balanced, simple, and generally inoffensive.

best-whisky-brands-india-Black_And_White-Price-Rs. 1768 for 750 ml.

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Price of Black And White Whisky In India: Rs. 1768 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of The Black And White40% ABV

 

 

12. Imperial Blue

 

It is a perfect blend of Indian grain spirits and imported scotch malts for exquisite smoothness. One of the Best Whisky Brands in India Imperial Blue delivers value at an affordable price point. Through its consistent quality delivery, it has created a large following for itself across the country. For Groupe Pernod Ricordo, which owns the leading liquor brands, Seagram's Imperial Blue, is the leading whiskey brand and fastest selling whiskey in India.

best-whisky-brands-india-Imperial_Blue-Price-Rs. 404 for 750 ml.

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Price of Imperial Blue In India: Rs. 404 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of The Imperial Blue: 42.8% ABV

 

 

13. White Walker by Johnnie Walker

 

A limited edition whiskey from Johnnie Walker, inspired by the absurdly popular television program, Game of Thrones, this whiskey features malts from Clynelish and Cardhu, among others. The bottle has a temperature-sensitive graphic that will spell out the wordsWinter is herewhen it's at the right temperature for serving. Starts with a thin hint of orange Fruit Pastilles and dried apricot and then tuned with a toffee, vanilla pod and ginger snaps. Rich on the palate more vanilla again, this time paired with cinnamon and almond with a hint of fresh cherry and cut oak heat and finally finish with lingering peppery malt and festive spices.

best-whisky-brands-india-White_Walker_by_Johnnie_Walker-Price-Rs.4450 for 750 ml.

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Price of White Walker in India: Rs.4450 for 750 ml. 

Alcohol By Volume Percentage of The White Walker: 41.7% ABV

 

 

14. Royal Stag

 

Royal Stag, also known as Seagram's Royal Stag, is an Indian brand of whiskey launched in 1995. It is available in many countries around the world in various pack sizes. It is Pernod Ricard's best selling brand by volume. It is a blend of grain spirits and imported Scotch malts. It is commonly available in 1 L, 750 ml, 375 ml and 180 ml bottles and also available in 90 ml and 60 ml bottles. The brand is named after a species of deer famous for its antlers, that is also featured in its logo. It is produced in several company-owned as well as bottler-owned distilleries. It was the first whiskey brand launched in India that did not use any artificial flavors.

best-whisky-brands-india-Royal-Stag-Price-Rs. 886 for 750 ml

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Price of Royal Stag in India: Rs. 886 for 750 ml

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of The Royal Stag: 42.8% ABV

 

 

15. Bagpiper

 

Bagpiper Whisky, which retails over 9 million cases a year, is an iconic brand by United Spirits Ltd. It is defined by a light malty aroma and smooth woody character and has been a popular choice among the masses since 1976. The Bagpiper Sardar has a universal recall and is the strong mascot for the brand. The Bagpiper can now be associated with the victory of good over evil through many Bollywood references. Their tagline "Khoob Jamega Rang" has become a known statement in pop culture verses.

best-whisky-brands-india-Bagpiper-Price-Rs. 310 for 750 ml.

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Price of Bagpiper in India: Rs. 310 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of The Bagpiper: 42.8% ABV

 

 

16. Mc Dowell's No. 1

 

McDowell’s No.1 Whisky is an exquisitely smooth blend of imported Scotch, select Indian malts and premium grain spirits. The brand purpose for McDowell’s No. 1 today is to enable friends to celebrate the bonds of true brotherhood. To build closer connects and build stronger aspiration among our consumers, McDowell’s No.1 has refreshed its brand identity and packaging to move forward from its existing imagery and embed the brand with strong markers of close friendship and brotherhood.best-whisky-brands-india-Mc-Dowell's-No.-1-Price-Rs. 404 for 750 ml.

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Price of Mcdowell's No. 1 in India: Rs. 404 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Mc Dowell's No. 1: 42.8% ABV

 

 

17. Officer's Choice

 

Launched in 1988 and positioned in the regular whiskey segment, Officer’s Choice Whisky is one of the largest whisky brands in the world and also one of the largest exported spirits brands with a presence in over 18 countries. A smooth whiskey with a finely balanced malt blend. A market leader in 18 states across India with a national market share of 40%, the brand sells itself as the righteous whiskey. Their motto is to encourage customers to make the right choices in life and recognize the officer inside them. 

best-whisky-brands-india-Officers-Whiskey-Price-Rs. 290 for 750 ml.

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Price of Officer's Choice in India: Rs. 290 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Officer's Choice: 42.8% ABV

 

 

18. Original Choice

 

Original Choice is one of the top-selling brands in India’s popular whiskey segment and is one of the top 10 selling whiskeys worldwide, with sales exceeding 11 million cases a year. The Original Choice Whisky blend has been carefully crafted and perfected to offer the same rich experience as that of a malt whiskey, but at an affordable price. Its light malty aroma with a hint of a smooth woody character, from the use of malt spirits specifically matured in pre-identified American oak casks, has ascertained that the Original Choice Whisky experience is espoused by millions of loyalists over the years. Enjoy its distinct flavor and let the spirit of smoothness unfold gently. For sure it is one of the Best Whisky Brands in India.

best-whisky-brands-Original-Choice-Price-Rs. 230 for 750 ml.

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Price of Original Choice Whiskey in India: Rs. 230 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Original Choice: 42.8% ABV

 

 

19. Old Tavern

 

The brown, gold liquid lives in a classy bottle, carefully blended with flavors to give it a distinctive taste and a smooth finish. Old Tavern is carefully blended with flavors and neutral alcohol that gives it a great taste and a smooth finish. Old Tavern is a blended whiskey produced by United Spirits Limited, which is owned by the giant United Breweries Group. Old Tavern whiskey comes with a distinguished taste loved in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Old Tavern Whisky is one of India’s most renowned whiskeys.

best-whisky-brands-India-Old-Tavern-Price-Rs. 284 for 750 ml.

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Price of Old Tavern in India: Rs. 284 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Old Tavern: 42.8% ABV

 

 

20. Blender's Pride

 

Blenders Pride is the leading core brand of premium blended whiskey within the Pernod Ricard portfolio in India. Without artificial flavoring, this whiskey is made by blending Indian grain spirit with imported Scottish maltIt doesn't give you a hangover or a headache like other cheap whiskeys and it goes well with Coke. Blenders Pride was launched in 1995 in the Premium admix category. A blend of imported scotch malts from Chivas Brothers and select premium Indian grain spirits. Blenders Pride is the result of 140 years of Seagram’s great tradition of blending fine whiskeys. No artificial flavors, consistent quality, exceptional taste, and aspiration led communication has powered the brand to category leadership with current annual volume exceeding 5 Million cases.

best-whisky-brands-india-Blenders_Pride-Price-Rs. 929 for 750 ml.

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Price of Blender's Pride in India: Rs. 929 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Blender's Pride42.8% ABV

 

 

21. Aristocrat Black

 

The distinctly new child on the town from the iconic Aristocrat family, Aristocrat Black has a floral and honeyed aroma, and an exceedingly smooth taste profile, with only a tease of green apple and spicebest-whisky-brands-India-Aristocrat-Black-Price-Rs. 290 for 750 ml.

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Price of Aristocrat Black in India: Rs. 290 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Aristocrat Black: 42.8% ABV

 

 

22. Jack Daniel’s

 

The iconic Jack Daniel's just fits here because it's a completely distinct “Tennessee” whiskey, and more similar to bourbon, it more often than not distilled from corn. With a sweet aroma and notes of caramel and toasty oak, this one makes quite the best combo with a soda, ice or cola of your preference.

best-whisky-brands-india-Jack-Daniels-Tennessee-Whiskey-Price-Rs. 4590 for 750 ml.

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Price of Jack Daniel’s in India: Rs. 4590 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Jack Daniel’s: 40% ABV

 

 

23. 8 PM

 

Marketed as an unprecedented blend of malts, 8 PM created history when it sold more than a million cases within the year of its release. Defined as brilliantly smooth and sturdy, this drink is now can also be enjoyed in a 180 ml tetra pack!

best-whisky-brands-india-8-PM-Price-Rs. 300 for 750 ml.

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Price of 8 PM in India: Rs. 300 for 750 ml

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of 8 PM: 42.8% ABV

 

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24. 100 Pipers

 

A blended scotch with a brilliant vanilla aftertaste, this one hits some woody notes, and also promises an aroma that is sweet and has a chunk of peat. This 100 Pipers definitely comes under the note of Best Whisky Brands in India. 

best-whisky-brands-india-100 Pipers-whisky-Price-Rs. 1962 for 750 ml. (12 Years Old)

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Price of 100 Pipers in India: Rs. 1962 for 750 ml. (12 Years Old)

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of 100 Pipers: 42.8% ABV

 

 

25. Vat 69

 

Quite the historical blended scotch, Vat 69 is apparently blended with 40 distinct malt and grain whiskeys. It begins on a sweet and rounded note, intending to a spicier end.

best-whisky-brands-India-Vat-69-Rs.1806 for 750 ml.

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Price of Vat 69 in India: Rs. 1806 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Vat 69: 40% ABV

 

 

26. Black Dog

 

A highly sophisticated drink, Black Dog is to be savored slowly as a large number of flavors reveal themselves. Vanilla, fruity, woody and malty, all gently teased out with a few cubes of ice and a sprint of water.

best-whisky-brands-india-Black_Dog-Rs. 7800 for 750 ml. (18 Years Old)

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Price of Black Dog in India: Rs. 7800 for 750 ml. (18 Years Old)

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Black Dog: 42.8% ABV

 

 

Best Bourbon Whiskey

27. Jim Beam Original

 

Whiskey like Jim Beam is desirable mostly because of its affordability and flexibility. Made to the same formula since 1795, this giant of the category is aged for four years in oak barrels to create a smooth, mellow taste with hints of spice. Quite sweet with all the requisite notes of vanilla and crème anglaise, a little spice and pepper with an acetone note and a little cereal sweetness, like the bluegrass fields of Kentucky this bourbon serves as a good foundation for mixed drinks and isn't ruined by ice, but at the same time works well enough neat in a tumbler or snifter

best-whisky-brands-india-jim_beam-Rs. 2150 for 750 ml.

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Price of Jim Beam Original in India: Rs. 2150 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Jim Beam Original40% ABV

 

 

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28. Chivas 18

 

A smooth tipple even if neat, Chivas 18 has quite a creamy mouthfeel with plenty of orange and vanilla notes and a warm oak finish. One of the Best Whisky Brands in India to try out for. 

best-whisky-brands-india-chivas_regal_18-Rs. 5202 for 750 ml. (18 Years Old)

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Price of Chivas 18 in India: Rs. 5202 for 750 ml. (18 Years Old)

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Chivas Regal: 40% ABV

 

 

29. Glenkinchie 12

 

A relatively less known single malt in India, Glenkinchie 12 is quite a one-of-a-kind drink and is gentle and creamy with a fruity soar, and lots of floral and candy notes.

best-whisky-brands-india-Glenkinchie_12-Price-Rs. 6470 for 750 ml. (12 Years Old)

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Price of Glenkinchie 12 in India: Rs. 6470 for 750 ml. (12 Years Old)

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Glenkinchie 12: 43% ABV

 

 

30. Jameson

 

An iconic whiskey that has a strong association as the "Irish Whiskey". Jameson is beautifully smooth and has sherry and nutty undertones that make it such a classic drink to take pleasure in anytime.

best-whisky-brands-india-Jameson-Price-Rs. 3059 for 750 ml.

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Price of Jameson in India: Rs. 3059 for 750 ml.

Alcohol By Volume Percentage Of Jameson: 40% ABV

 

 

Hopefully, we have listed most of it. Of course, the alcohol marketplace of the best whiskey Brands in India is ever raising, and as we discover latest flavors and favorites, there are a few drams that never go out of taste and fashion.

 

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