Kasauli Distillery: A Stroll through Nostalgia

Located in a picturesque cantonment town in the Solan District of Himachal Pradesh, Kasauli Distillery is one of the highest distilleries in the world. It lies at an elevation of over 6000 feet. It was set up in the late 1820s by Edward Abraham Dyer who brought along with him the distilling and brewing equipment from Scotland and England. He chose this location for the distillery, for the availability of fine spring water and climate. The first image which Kasauli brings to our minds is a small town which boasts of cleanliness and peace.

After the establishment of the distillery, Dyer started distilling Malt Whisky and India Pale Ale which were as fine as Scotch Whisky. It is the same brewery which launched Asia’s first beer, Lion, which was in great demand by the British Army which was stationed in Kasauli. With time, as spring water became insufficiently available, the distillery shifted to Solan, where original equipment like the copper pots was still being used for distillation. The major products produced at this brewery today are Colonel’s Special, Old Monk Rum, and Diplomat Deluxe.

If you want to catch a glimpse of the efficient British engineering, a visit to this distillery is a must. Further, this colonial town is dotted with captivating orchards which provide fresh raw material for wine production. If you want to enjoy top notch liquor and soak in nature at the same time, Kasauli is the place to head to. Get high amidst the enthralling scenery and take home some excellent liquor.

Kasauli is well connected by road and rail. The closest airports are Shimla and Chandigarh. Make sure that you add Kasauli to your bucket-list and check it off at the earliest.