Good whisky is often not that hard to find, but finding a whisky that’s nothing short of a bargain is definitely a skill everyone desires. If and when you can pay through the nose for a truly premium whisky, the margins of error might be microscopic but what about finding the best on a budget?
Now budgets are subjective, and getting yourself a truly top shelf bottle of liquor doesn’t always have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of luxury whisky brands in India that offer fantastic expressions for under 7500 INR, a relative steal.
Premium whiskies of this kind are the bottles we only reach for on special occasions, in moments of celebration and euphoria; when you’re entertaining a guest that just needs to be impressed or quite simply when you require to spoil yourself. We put away all the noise and gimmicks to curate a list of the best whisky brands in India under 7500 INR that are worth every penny!
Chivas Regal XV Blended Scotch
The XV replaced the Chivas Regal 15 Year Old in their core range of super premium Blended Scotch whiskies, and boy if it isn’t breath-taking to say the least. Newly launched in 2018, this is an excellent blend that shows why Chivas has remained synonymous with luxury over the years.
Matured for 15 years, and finished in extremely rare and prestigious Grande Champagne Cognac barrels, the Chivas Regal XV is something out of this world. Rich and warm, with an abundance of fruit, spice and sweetness ensure Chivas is playing all the right notes with this one. One of our most worthy inclusions in the list of top whisky brands in India for under 7500 INR.
The Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve
Another textbook example of putting rare liquor casks to the perfect use, The Glenlivet 15 Year Old is what overachievement looks like in the whisky world. Affectionately known by all and sundry as the ‘quintessential’ Speyside single malt, it was Master Distiller Alan Winchester’s breadth of knowledge and thirst for experimentation that led to the creation of this one.
Handpicked French Limousin Oak barrels, used to mature cognacs, have been put to good use by The Glenlivet. The low density wood interacts wonderfully with the whisky, making this Speyside single malt even better. This is a top shelf single malt Scotch, like the ones you only bring out for special occasions and for the price, it is one of our most highly recommended whisky brands in India under 7500 INR.
Jameson Black Barrel
Anyone that has ever had whiskey in their lives knows the Jameson name, and for good reason. The legendary Irish distillers have been distilling whiskey for over two centuries, and they are very good at their job. By far the world’s most popular and successful Irish whiskey, Jameson can also be credited with single-handedly keeping the Irish whiskey industry alive during turbulent times.
The Jameson Black Barrel expression is every bit of the Jameson goodness the world is familiar with, but with an added twist. This blend of pot still Irish whiskey and single grain whiskey is matured in double charred Bourbon barrels, hence the name. Very rich, creamy and packed with sweetness, fruit and gentle spice, this is another hit from the guys at Jameson that also gave us Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition. The Jameson Black Barrel is one of the best whiskey brands in India under 7500 INR.
Aberlour 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Aberlour is a Speyside classic that continues to churn out some of the best single malt Scotch whiskies ever created, all without hitting the glamorous mainstream level of fame as other brands have. Modest, meticulous and mesmerizing is how any veteran in the whisky world would describe Aberlour.
The 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured draws the best out of fine American Oak and Spanish Oloroso Sherry barrels, delivering a complex and intense single malt. There aren’t many bottles in the market that can do what the Aberlour 16 Year Old can. A practical bargain this one, and another glowing recommendation among our top picks for whiskies in India under 7500 INR.
Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
The oldest continuously functioning distillery on the Isle of Skye has consistently delivered their best with the Talisker 10 Year Old. While most mainland single malts, and even Islay single malts share some common traits, Talisker’s singularity ensures that there are no other single malts like it.
Fans of peaty, salty whiskies with an indistinguishable maritime character won’t take too long to fall in love with the Talisker 10 Year Old. The unforgiving sea air works its magic on this single malt, as the old ways of the distillery that have remained unchanged for centuries. Talisker 10 Year Old earns its place on our list of top whisky brands under 7500 INR in India.
Everything about the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey is so indelibly inked into the world of whiskey that it would be impossible to separate the two. Well Jack Daniel’s is not the world’s highest selling American whiskey brand for no reason, and it is, for all intents and purposes, a household name. The classic Old No. 7 from Jack Daniel’s can be attributed for all its glowing success, but that’s definitely where they stopped.
Gentleman Jack, introduced first in 1988, was a premium expression from the Lynchburg based distillers. While it was still the Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 at heart, there sure was an interesting twist that gave this whiskey an identity of its own. Gentleman Jack undergoes the Lincoln County Process not once like the Old No. 7, but twice. Hence the ‘Double Mellowed’ description on the bottle that makes it softer and mellower, an ideal drink for beginners or people who are looking for a mellow drink.
Johnnie Walker Double Black
Another immensely popular brand of blended Scotch whisky worldwide to have a well fleshed out portfolio of expressions across all segments. Johnnie Walker blends are very popular in India, and two of their most prolific blends are the Red Label and Black Label. The former, a standard no-age-statement blend, and the latter, a 12 Year Old smoky delight are both wonderful choices, but the Double Black is what makes our list today.
The Johnnie Walker Double Black is a no-age-statement premium blended Scotch, released relatively recently and has done very well for itself. Built around the same fingerprint Black Label blend, the Double Black also has some other peaty Islay source whiskies thrown into the mix. Once blended, the whisky is then aged further in heavily charred Oak barrels to achieve the desired results. Another well-deserved addition to our list of whisky brands in India under 7500 INR.
The Chivas Regal XV, The Glenlivet 15 Year Old, Jameson Black Barrel, Aberlour 16 Year Old, Talisker 10 Year Old, Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack and Johnnie Walker Double Black round off our list of the best whisky brands under 7500 INR in India.