Indian Gins Under ₹3000 for Desi Connoisseurs
Gin is an integral part of every bar collection. For a time, we relied on global brands for the supply of this alcoholic drink made from juniper berries. But in recent years, homegrown gin brands have started appearing, paving the way for a native reimagination of gins. From the deserts of Rajasthan to the sun-kissed lands of Goa, local distillers are revolutionizing gin concoction with the use of native herbs and spices like clove, hemp, turmeric and more. Today we review some desi gins under ₹3,000 that you can pick up from a nearby liquor shop.
Distilled by Spaceman & Company, Samsara is made using the classic London Dry method. Apart from juniper berries, the gin contains eleven other ingredients such as angelica root, blood oranges, cassia bark, green cardamom, organic hemp seeds (sourced from Bombay Hemp Company), rose petals and vetiver grass. The gin strikes three prominent notes on your palate – citrus, floral, and spice.
Priced approx. ₹1,350*
Greater Than Gin
The wheat-based gin, symbolized as '>' on the bottle, is made by Nao Spirits. The ingredients are sourced from all over the world, such as juniper berries from Macedonia, citrus from Spain, coriander, fennels seeds, chamomile, ginger and lemongrass from Delhi and Goa. Greater Than Gin offers subtle notes of lemon and ginger along with the characteristic flavoring of juniper berries.
Priced approx. ₹1,450*
Ingredients like Himalayan juniper, almonds, aniseed, cinnamon, coriander seeds, cardamom, lemon peel, nutmeg, orange peel, rosemary, licorice and vanilla make the Pumori a special treat. The small-batch gin is made using the old school distillation by Indie brand Fullarton Distilleries. The gin gets its name from Mount Pumori, also known as the daughter of the Himalayas.
Priced approx. ₹1,750*
Stranger & Sons Gin
Relatively new to the market, this Goan gin is made from nine botanical ingredients and juniper berries from Macedonia. If you love your gin and tonic with a citrusy twist, then Stranger & Sons Gin should be on your shortlist. It contains three different citrus peels from the makers' garden and has the special flavoring of Gondhoraj lemons sourced from West Bengal.
Priced approx. ₹1,850*
Hapusa Himalayan Dry Gin
A more premium expression from Nao Spirits, the Hapusa gets its name from the Sanskrit word for juniper. Most of the ingredients are sourced from within the country, including juniper berries from the pristine Himalayan environs. Its bold earthy taste comes from juniper berries, almonds, coriander, mango, turmeric and some complementing floral notes.
Priced approx. ₹2,600*
Bonus recommendation: We also have one suggestion that falls slightly outside the price criterion from our topic but is definitely worth the extra price.
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