A JOURNEY THROUGH THE
WORLD OF WHISKIES,ONE INSIGHT AT A TIME
The Prime Blue is a vatted malt that’s distilled and bottled in Scotland by Morrison Bowmore and is owned by Japan’s Suntory Group.
16th December 2016
Floral, spices, citrus fruits, caramel.
Hints of oak. Overall quite balanced, warming, and smooth.
Toffee, oaky, and malty.
The meaning of the word ‘Amrut’ literally translates to ‘the ‘Elixir of life’, is the first single malt whisky to be ever produced in India. Battling prejudices and finally managing to convince the experienced Scottish consumer that Indian malt could be on par with their Scottish counterpart, Amrut Whisky has come a long way.
One of the first experiments with single malt to have been carried out in India, Amrut Distilleries’ MaQintosh Premium Whisky was birthed from Neelakanta Rao Jagdale’s ambition to produce a quality single malt in India.
Single malt whiskies are the poison of choice for many a whisky lover, and for many years, Indian whisky lovers were devoid of a domestic single malt whisky brand that was delivering a product that could match up with some of the most established whisky brand around the world.
After Dark Whisky is a brand of Indian grain whisky distilled and sold under the Radico Khaitan brand name. It is one of the few brands of Indian whisky that is made up of 100% grain whiskies.
Amrut Naarangi is an Indian single malt released by Amrut Distilleries, makers of the first ever single malt whisky created in the country. The word Naarangi is Hindi for ‘Orange’, and it was chosen to indicate the unique process used to finish this expression.
Taken from the center-cut or middle sections of the famous Warehouse H, Blanton’s Original was once designated for ambassadors, dignitaries, and Colonel Blanton’s family and friends. Today, everyone has access to the world’s first single barrel bourbon. The taste profile is sweet with citrus and oak. A creamy vanilla nose features hints of nuts, caramel, orange and light chocolate. Blanton’s Original set the standard for single barrel bourbons. Best served neat or on the rocks. 46.5% alcohol by volume.
From the house of Tilaknagar Industries, Mansion House is a brand of blended Indian whisky. It is a blend of imported Scotch malts, Indian grain and neutral spirits with a slightly higher malt content than usual Indian whiskies.
"The Dalmore 12 year old, with its intricate aromas and flavours, is recognised as a whisky with character far beyond its age. This was Andrew Mackenzie’s original masterpiece and stood apart from the norm of the day. At a time when it was standard practise to mature whisky for no more than 6 years, Andrew Mackenzie demonstrated his pioneering character by doubling the maturation period. His boldness truly paid off, The Dalmore 12 year old still stands apart as an exceptional whisky today, as it did then. Matured for an initial nine years in American white oak ex-bourbon casks, the spirit is then divided for its final flourish. One half remains in the bourbon barrels, while the other is transferred to exclusive 30 year old Gonzalez Byass Matusalem oloroso sherry butts before they are reunited to create this phenomenal whisky.
Red Knight is a brand of Indian Blended Malt Scotch whisky, manufactured by the Indian conglomerate Khoday India Limited (KIL) and first launched in 1967. It is produced at the company's Bangalore facility. It is famous for its hourglass-shaped bottled along with the phrase "Red Knight finest blended malt whisky" stamped into the package in bold curved style. Initially, Red Knight was available only in North India. It was launched in the South Indian market in November 2007. Red Knight is also exported to overseas markets of Italy and Canada.
The success of Red Knight whisky in North India is mainly because of the introduction of a smoother taste and new captivating packaging. The whisky has been blended afresh, keeping in mind the connoisseur’s taste. This vibrant packaging is also priced just perfect for the discerning whisky lover. The introduction of the new Red Knight whisky marks a turning point in the growth of the IMFL market. The enhanced taste and pricing make it a popular one certainly.
This old-school Scottish pub ale is a classic northern British style of bitter. The rich caramel and roasted malt sweetness is balanced with American bittering hops and dry hopped with British Goldings hops. Dry hopping is a technique that involves adding hops after fermentation to cooled beer to impart an intensely herbal, fresh hop taste and aroma, typically lost when added earlier in the brewing process.
Antiquity Blue is the true blue of whiskies. Made of the finest Indian malts and rare Scotch carefully blended with premium grain spirit, it is painstakingly distilled in copper pot stills, matured and mellowed in imported white oak casks and fused with premium Scotch. The pronounced malt and rich wood aroma, with a whiff of peat and heather supplements the fantasy while its subtle nuances come from the choicest components of the blend, giving it a full smooth flavour and a bouquet that proclaims its royal pedigree. Truly India's finest. Know more about the various Whisky Brands in India.
Rare to see a bottle of Old Parr 12yo on these shores - this deluxe blend is mostly the preserve of overseas markets.
A blend this distinct is bottled in an equally distinct way. The unique design of the glass bottle with an engraved logo and the bold packaging has become synonymous to DSP Black in the minds of the consumers. Characterized by exceptional malt that has been blended to an exquisite smoothness, this fine whisky owns more than its fair share of awards owing to its blend par excellence.
DSP Black, launched in 1988 by Shaw Wallace, is an extension of the Director's Special brand into the prestigious deluxe whisky segment of the Indian market. Launched in 1988, from the stables of Shaw Wallace and later taken into the USL fold, DSP Black has become the fastest growing whisky in the entire regular-prestige whisky spectrum.
This superior extension from the DSP franchise has deservedly earned its standing of being the connoisseur's preferred choice. The distinct flavor leaves an indelible impression upon all those who happen to cross its path, with every sip being a veteran's delight. The captivating blend casts a spell of vivacious enthusiasm and transports one to a world of uninhibited fun and excitement. Know more about the various Whisky Brands in India.
Made by seventh-generation distillers Paul and Steve Beam, this is a blend of sweet, spicy and smoky bourbons. Yellowstone was launched in 2015 in homage to the Limestone Branch Distillery founders' great-grandfather, Minor Case Beam, who sold his distillery to Yellowstone over a century before.
"Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon is finished in port wine casks for an award-winning spirit. We guide each batch’s conditioning, blending our handcrafted bourbon in small batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time.
It’s typically aged for up to 6 years. While we lose about 5% of the spirit each year to evaporation, or “the Angel’s Share,” what’s left behind after we’re done is truly worthy of envy.
Once it’s deemed ready, we finish our bourbon in ruby port wine casks, which adds subtly distinct flavor nuances that enhance the whiskey without challenging it. Our port finishing process lasts between three to six months, depending on taste.
We use 60-gallon ruby port barrels made from French oak and imported directly from Portugal. This creates a whiskey of unprecedented smoothness, sweetness and balance."
Dennis Special Whisky Opens With The Smoky Fragrance Of Peat. The Palate Is Exceptionally Smooth And Light, And With Subtle Smokiness, Rich Matured Finest Blend Of Indian Grain Spirits And Scotch Malts With The Hint Of Wood And Spice.
Chivas Regal is one of the most successful and widely known Scotch brands throughout the world. They have been pioneers in the blended Scotch whisky category, dominating the industry for over a century.
J.P. Wiser’s 18 Year Old is a Canadian whisky from the J.P. Wiser, one of the country’s oldest and bestselling whisky brands. It is a blended whisky matured for 18 years in ex-Bourbon barrels for exceptional smoothness and mellow flavours.