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Budget blends: Whisky brands under Rs 1000 for your home bar collection

The crowning glory of most at-home bars, a bottle of scotch or bourbon can be an indulgent purchase. If you’re looking for something a little more wallet-friendly for your nightcap, we’ve put together a list of the best whisky brands under Rs 1000 to invest in, based on prices across stores in Delhi NCR.

Whether stirred into cocktails or poured on the rocks – whisky’s smoky and spicy nuances make it one of the most beloved spirits in the world. And India just so happens to be its largest consumer. It’s also home to 13 of the 25 best-selling whiskies in the world. Naturally, scores of bottles with the amber beverage line the aisles of liquor stores and shelves of bars across the country.

However, high demands and long maturation periods often slap a steep price tag onto most. This, however, could vary wildly depending on the part of the country you’re in. That aside, if you’re in the market for something a bit more economical for your daily dram, we’ve got a lineup of the best whisky brands under Rs 1000 to stock up on, based on current prices in Delhi-NCR.

Check out our complete guide on whiskies in India.

10 best whisky brands under Rs 1000 to stock up on

100 Pipers Deluxe Blended Scotch Whisky

Best whisky brands under Rs 1000 in India

Dubbed India’s largest-selling blended scotch whisky, this spirit owes its name to the Scottish tradition of bagpipers leading soldiers into battle and is curated by the Chivas Brothers. Every sip is reminiscent of oak, honey, smoke, and vanilla. It also has a fruity aroma to it that’s unmissable. Balanced, elegant, full bodied, and well-rounded, this one’s a must-have in any home bar.

ABV: 40 percent
Price: Rs 700 approx. (350 ml)


Another popular brand in whisky circles, Vat69 boasts of the choicest ingredients. A blended scotch whiskey, this spirit has a light, fresh, mildly spicy flavour profile and was made by William Sanderson, believed to be one of the finest blenders of scotch in Scotland. The blend is marked by a soft wheat character and notes of caramel and barley malt as well. Interestingly, the whisky was first bottled in port wine bottles and the iconic packaging continues to grace Indian markets.

ABV: 42 percent
Price: Rs 750 approx. (375 ml)

Black and White Scotch

Best whisky brands under Rs 1000 in India

This classic blend is believed to be one of the finest to come out of Scotland and is a balanced spirit that is light on the palate. Pale gold in colour, each sip is fresh and smooth, with notes of oak, peat, vanilla, and honey. It was created by James Buchanan, who wanted to offer the world a whisky that was a crowd pleaser. This particular one is great for cocktails and is made for sharing.

ABV: 42.8 percent
Price: Rs 750 approx. (375 ml)

Black Dog Black Reserve

This is an aged liquid that features a unique blend of malt and grain scotch whiskies from different regions of Scotland. Triple maturation and expert crafting techniques give the whisky depth of character and a certain complexity that few other whiskeys – which are often matured only twice – can lay claim to. Rich, rounded, warm, and luxurious this one’s won several awards as well and deserves a spot in your home bar.

ABV: 42.8 percent
Price: Rs 780 (375 ml)

Blenders Pride Select Premium Whisky

One of the best blended whiskies at its price point, Blenders Pride fuses Indian grain spirit with imported scotch malts. It’s been around since 1995 and boasts of smooth and smoky notes that can appeal to a large section of whisky enthusiasts. While it’s available in several different packs, the prices for this one can vary by a lot depending on which part of the country you’re in.

ABV: 42.8 percent
Price: Rs 900 approx. (750 ml)

Antiquity Blue

Best whisky brands under Rs 1000 in India

Elegant and reminiscent of age-old whisky distillation techniques, this spirit is a popular feature across home bars. Blended with premium scotch from the same distillery as was in use in 1826, the spirit is produced in copper pot stills. It’s then matured and mellowed in imported white oak casks. Its warm amber hue is an ode to the timelessness of gold and every sip comes with notes of malt, wood, peat, and heather.

ABV: 42.8 percent
Price: Rs 950 approx. (750 ml)

Royal Stag Deluxe

A blend of grain spirits and imported scotch malts, this brand’s tagline “make it large,” has a permanent place in the minds of most Indians, standing as testimony to its loyal consumer base. Royal Stag might be one of the first to introduce beverages that fused malt and grains in India as well. When it first launched this whisky in 1995, it was also hailed for offering spirits without artificial flavours or recycled bottles. Every sip of this whisky will hint at notes of tropical fruit, smoke, and wood and the finish is pleasant and smooth.

ABV: 42.8 percent
Price: Rs 450 approx. (750 ml)

Rockford Reserve

Best whisky brands under Rs 1000 in India

Smooth and mellow, this is one of the best oak-aged Scottish malt whiskies in the market. Featuring imported oat-aged malt and the finest charcoal-filtered Indian grain spirits, this one’s got a deep amber shade and a well rounded nose with light, fresh notes. The finish, meanwhile, is clean with hints of oak. Its mellow sweetness makes it a popular spirit.

ABV: 42.8 percent
Price: Rs 850 approx. (750 ml)

McDowell’s Platinum

Best whisky brands under Rs 1000 in India

One of the best investments when it comes to budget whiskies, this one has a refined, rich, and smooth character. Its blend boasts of a five year old scotch. Its close cousin, McDowell’s No1 is the highest-selling Indian whisky in the world, as per a 2021 report by The Spirits Business. However, the platinum version is believed to be more refined and smooth on the palate. This whisky brand is one of the most recommended for options under Rs 1000.

ABV: 42.8 percent
Price: Rs 800 approx. (750 ml)

Bagpiper Deluxe

Best whisky brands under Rs 1000 in India

This one’s a smooth blend of scotch and Indian malts and spirits and happens to me one of the most recognisable brands in India, endorsed by a string of celebrities like Jackie Shroff, Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, and Shah Rukh Khan each doling out the iconic tagline, “khoob jamega rang.” Each sip has a subtle, malt aroma and earthy, musk notes and there’s several packaging sizes with this one.

ABV: 42.8 percent
Price: Rs 420 approx. (750 ml)

Budget blends: Whisky brands under Rs 1000 for your home bar collection

Eshita is a food, alcohol, travel, and entertainment writer who spends her days zeroing in on the next big trend to write about. She’s a communication graduate with bylines in Conde Nast Traveller India, GQ India, Deccan Herald, and Girls Buzz. When not at work, you’re likely to find her hunting for a good read or charting out the perfect itinerary for a solo trip across Asia.

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