The Bestselling Scotch Whiskies in India

Among Indian liquor lovers, whisky has the most devoted fanbase in the country. No party or celebration is complete without this glowing amber liquid, and Indians prefer its spicy, soothing company over the rums and vodkas. In terms of sales by volume, Indian whisky brands top the charts, and the sub-continent has quite a few iconic brands of its own.

But Indian whiskies are mostly blended using native grain spirits and imported malts, and thus cannot be called Scotch whiskies. So, today we have rounded up seven of the bestselling Scotch whiskies in India preferred by the local whisky aficionados. Let’s get scrolling!

The Glenlivet Aged 12 Years

Starting at the top, we have the original glen spirit, The Glenlivet aged 12 years, one of the most famous whisky brands of all time. It’s an original expression from distillers Pernod Ricard, classified as Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The Glenlivet boasts of a soft, smooth balancing between sweet summer fruits and fresh floral notes. The charming flavors of oak, apple juice, vanilla and honey make it suitable for the Indian palate biased towards sweeter liquors. In terms of price, The Glenlivet is considered an ultra-premium whisky in India. 

Chivas Regal 12 Years

The luxurious notes of honey, vanilla and ripe apple of Chivas blends underline luxury and class. Crafted from the finest malt and grain whiskies from the house of Chivas Brothers, the 12-Year-Old expression is everything that represents this iconic whisky brand. Chivas Regal 12 Years remains a consistent favorite of Indian whisky connoisseurs due to its rich, fruity taste and generous flavors.

Monkey Shoulder

An iconic mix of single malt whiskies from three of the finest Speyside distilleries, Monkey Shoulder is rich in flavor and smooth on the palate. It’s arguable the easiest Scotch whiskies to drink due to the sweet caramel flavoring and consistent notes of orange zest and vanilla. The amusing name also has a story behind it, alluding to an injury, that malt men ended up with when hand turning barley, which left their shoulder drooping on one side.

Johnnie Walker Red Label

While the name may remind you of the famous Indian actor and comic Johnny Walker, you will be surprised to know that in real life he was a complete teetotaler. Definitely one of the most recognizable premium whisky brands in India, Johnnie Walker Red is loved by Indian whisky lovers for its ‘affordability’ in comparison to other expressions by the brand. The sweet, spicy flavor and vibrant smoky notes make this blend from Scotland’s East Coast quite unique and desirable.

Ballantine's 12-Year

 A step down the ladder, we have the Ballantine’s Blended Scotch Whisky, known for its rich and complex, yet smooth tasting palate. Ballantine’s has become a fan favorite due to its creamy, toffee flavored character and exquisite smoothness. Moreover, the whisky offers an ideal experience for whisky lovers looking to upgrade from the deluxe whiskies segment to premium whiskies in India, greeting them with its sweet aroma of honey, oak and pleasant vanilla. Ballantine's 12-year is priced as a premium whisky in the market. 

Black & White

A famous blend of fine malt whiskies with a higher proportion of quality grain whiskies, Black & White stands tall among affordable premium Scotch whiskies in India. The blend tastes of sugary dried fruit, and has notes of young oak, vanilla, caramel and lemon. The brand’s motif features a black Scottish Terrier and a white West Highland Terrier and was supposedly derived by creator James Buchanan on his way back from a dog show.

Teacher's Highland Cream

With a legion of loyal fans, Teacher’s Highland Cream is an all-season whisky boasting careful blend of over 30 malt and grain whiskies from the Highlands. The rich, smoky undertones and depth of flavor of this premium Scotch whisky are topped off by its remarkable smoothness. Regular drinkers swear by Teacher’s Highland Cream and its fully smoked peaty flavor. They say that William Teacher refused to give his name to the blend till it was perfected.

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