THE GENTLEMAN’S PICK: Best Single Malt Whiskey

The first tip on ‘How to drink Whiskey like a Gentleman’ is: Pick your Whiskey wisely. Indian Single Malt Whiskies qualify as the answer to that tip. They’re premium, delectable, and of a defined style in their own right. Indian whiskey is fruity and malty. Its ripe flavour sets it apart from a Scotch, and is best had neat. Here’s more about some of our award-winning, extremely smooth, Indian malts.

 

AMRUT

Amrut single malt, known for winning many international competitions, was manufactured by the first traditional single malt distillery: Amrut, estd. in 1948 in Bangalore. Amrut made great efforts and succeeded in creating an alcohol that would meet global standards, with 11 variants available worldwide. They brought together barley from Scotland and India, making it a true fusion of international flavors. Jim Murray, author of the Whiskey Bible called Amrut Fusion the 3rd finest whiskey in the world! There’s no surprise it translates to “nectar of the gods” in Sanskrit.

When it comes to its defined taste, Amrut has a heavy smoky palette, but is incredibly smooth and goes perfectly with Indian spicy food. At present, there are three single malt variants in the domestic market: Amrut Indian Single Malt, Amrut Fusion Single Malt and Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt. Go get your hands on them ASAP!

 

PAUL JOHN

Paul John, a champion in the global malt whisky scene, is the master creation of John Distilleries. Goa was specially chosen as the home of Paul John single malts, mostly for its unique microclimate. This Intense, Smokey, Vanilla-ey whiskey has already collected several awards, including the 2014 World Distiller of the Year, 2015 Asian Distiller of the Year and the 2015 Wizards of Whisky Gold Award.

The taste… It’s a mix of honey sweetness, smooth silkiness and spicy bitterness, with a wonderful after taste.

Best variants: Paul John BOLD. A whiff of smoke, honey & spice on the nose and a melt-in-the-mouth, silky, oak-like honey on the palate. 

Paul John EDITED. Honey and cocoa, laced with a hint of smokiness and a shot of espresso, also a slight fruity fragrance. On the palate: At first, it’s the barley flavour, that later gently make way for subtle peat notes. They slowly dissolve and pave way for a rush of mint and mocha.

Paul John BRILLIANCE. This ‘brilliant’ sparkling copper malt is made of sweet and spice and all things nice. The honey-like smoothness is offset by the crunchy-bar-like crispness.

 

RAMPUR

This new homegrown whiskey could be the next addition to your bar. Rampur Whiskey has very recently entered the premium single malt space. Aged in ex-bourbon barrels, and packaged in fine boxes, they do not have an age statement on the bottles but if you like them then age is just a number, right? It is available in 16 international countries, and at the Delhi duty free, making truly exclusive compared to other off-the-shelve malts. The taste has a warm spice, yet smooth feel to it, with a mix of an intense tropical ripe fruit & dried fruit note. Add a balance of caramel sweetness & pepper spice to your life with this one!

This beautiful golden amber malt does not have any other flavor variant yet but as “The Kohinoor of Single Malts”, this super premium malt whisky is soaked in the rich Indian heritage and enduring traditions of the Maharajas, leaving behind a smooth, mellow taste with a long lasting finish with each sip.

 

So, which of these must-tastes is ticked off of your whiskey tasting list?

PS: Our best tip to you? You never need a special occasion to drink a single malt whiskey. So just sit back, take a sip and tip your hat in admiration.

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