The Indian craft gin scene began in 2015 and started to skyrocket post 2018 with multiple brands launching; mainly from the coastal state of Goa. The brand launches continue, and Goa now has Bangalore, Rajasthan and also Punjab for company. Here is a list of Indian gins that you should know about.
Greater Than: The gin that started the craft gin revolution in the country, Greater Than is made in Goa and is a juniper and citrus driven London dry style gin. Price: Rs 1550 in Maharashtra. They have also launched a Juniper heavy version lately called the Juniper Bomb is it is priced at Rs 1750. Read more about them here
Hapusa: From the house of Nao Spirits, Hapusa was launched after Greater Than as a premium gin and it goes under the nomenclature of a Himalayan Dry Gin. With ingredients like Turmeric and Mango, the gin is certainly different and comes in a beautiful bottle. Price: Rs 3200
Stranger & Sons: Not a stranger to gin drinkers anymore, this was the second gin co to push the craft gin market in the country. With Mace, pepper and nutmeg, we call it the masaledar gin and this one’s made in Goa too. Price: Rs 2575. Read more about them here
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Pumori: It is named after Mount Pumori which is 8 kms off Mt Everest, as the juniper comes from the region. From the makers of Woodburn whisky Pumori uses 12 botanicals including vanilla and calls itself a “small batch” gin. Price: Rs 3000 Read more about them here
Tickle: Made in Goa by Adinco distillers who also make Tinto feni, Ti Connie Liqueurs and Cabo coconut liqueurs, Tickle is a classic dry gin with the Indian touch of cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Price: Rs 1500 Read more about them here
Terai: A made in Rajasthan gin, Terai is made by Globus Spirits who have been distilling since 1958. This “Indian Dry Gin” as the bottle says on the label has holy basil as one of the signature botanicals. Price: Rs 1800 (Delhi Price) Read more about them here
Samsara: A London dry gin made using 11 botanicals comprising some exotic ones like vetiver, hemp seeds & blood oranges. Made in Goa it is also exported to the US and now available in Maharashtra. Price: Rs 2600 Read more about them here
Jin Jiji: Made in Goa by High Road Spirits, the Jin Jiji embodies Goa and India by using Cashew nut and Tulsi respectively part from the other botanicals. They also have another expression the Jin Jiji Darjeeling with the tea from the region. It is not available in India. Price: $24.50 (USA) Read more about them here
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Jaisalmer: By the makers of Rampur Single Malt, Radico Khaitan first took this gin outside the country before making it available in India. Lemon Grass, Darjeeling tea are some of the botanicals used in the making of this gin at their distillery in Rampur. Price: Rs 3500. Read more about them here
Clearly Good: Launched with an objective to make quality gin more affordable, the Clearly Good is a blue gin coloured using butterfly pea flower and turns pink when an acid medium is added bringing that gimmick to your parties. Made in Goa it used 15 botanicals. Price Rs 244.99 (350 ml, Goa Pricing)
Integrity: Integrity “Craft Gin” as it says on the bottle comes in a sleek bottle and is perhaps the least expensive of “craft gin” available in the Mumbai market. It is seemingly made in Solapur; Maharashtra by Vishnu Laxmi Co-op Grape Distillery limited a company popular for its mass brands. Price: Rs 1350
Nilgiris: From the makers of the iconic Amrut Single malt, Nilgiris is the embodiment of the spice laden south India with use of spices, tea and the signature betel leaf as one of its botanicals. Price: Rs 2464 (Karnataka). Read more about them here
Blue Moon: Made in Rajpura, Punjab by NV distillers, the Blue Moon is a 21-year-old brand but in a new avatar both in terms of recipe and packaging. It come in a classic juniper forward style and uses a rice spirit as a base. Price: Rs 1800 Read more about them here
Gin Dia: From the makers of Wild Tiger Rum, this made in Kerala Gin is made for the export market with 23 foraged Indian botanicals including Himalayan juniper. The pandemic delayed its international travel retail launch at a price of $ 39.95 for a litre bottle. Read more about them here
Matinee: Snake saffron, Kagzi Lime, white turmeric makes this gin from Goa distinctive. Launched in March 2021 this gin sells in Goa at Rs 1490.
Seqer: The latest from Goa is Seqer with 10 botanicals including cashew nuts, rosemary amongst others. We are awaiting the launch and prices soon. Keep updated about them here
Gin Gin: Made in Goa, this nine-botanical gin was marketed as India’s first hemp gin and was set for its Goa launch last year but is still awaiting it. They in the interim launched the affordable Clearly Good Gin.
Spice Trade: This is an outlier and not an Indian gin but has an Indian Gin connection and hence the mention. A collaboration between Four Pillars Gin, Australia and Stranger & Sons, this Asia inspired gin is made in Australia for the audience down under and has red chillies, green Sichuan pepper, turmeric etc.
*Note: The pricing above is for Mumbai, Maharashtra unless specified.
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