Indigenous alcohol brands cropping up, international brands entering India, homegrown tonic waters flooding the market – it’s an exciting time for the Indian alcohol industry. With champagne vending machines and lessons from world renowned mixologists taking over the scene, why not add some of that cool factor to your own home bar? Here are out top picks for fun-looking and great-tasting alcohol bottles to add to your collection.
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
As stately as the city it’s named after, Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin is ‘where luxury meets royalty’. Aligning royalty with the golden canvas that the desert city is, the bottle is a regal black splashed with hues of gold. The gin itself is a refreshing drink with a prolonged aftertaste, notes of 11 botanicals forming its flavour. Find the vetiver, orange peel, cubeb berries, lemon grass, coriander, Darjeeling green tea, and more in this bottle of elegance.
From the house of Royal Salute whisky, the 62 Gun Salute alludes to the highest honour in the British traditions, reserved for the most special royal occasions. A royal blue bottle with gold trimmings, a crown jewel on top, and lines akin to an officer’s uniform on its neck, the whisky decanter has a personality of its own. The fruity notes give way to a spirit made of orange, nutty, and oaky flavours, which have been aged a minimum of 40 years.
The apothecary-style bottle is as quirky as its mascot, the monkey. A brown-yellow bottle comes replete with a cork cap on top and a sticker detailing the gin on the front, akin to an old-time potion container. On the inside is gin made of as many as 47 different botanicals, bringing together a mélange of notes from spicy to grassy, citrusy to woody, fruity to herbs, and more.
Celebrating five years in India, Chandon launched the ‘Think Pink’ version of its rosé flavour earlier this year. Inspired by the country’s iconic elements, the champagne bottle features peacocks motifs, bejewelled antique jewellery, and ancient architectural patterns. The lotus pink and peacock blue colours create representations of Mughal buildings, jewellery art such as polki and jadau, and traditional textiles, with the signature Chandon rosé inside.
To commemorate the final season of Game of Thrones, Johnnie Walker launched a special scotch for fans of the series and good alcohol alike. Inspired by the antagonists in the series, the White Walkers, the eponymous drink is best served right out of the freezer. An icy blue design and the Johnnie Walker man in an armour fit for the Night King’s forces, a graphic icy reveal using temperature-sensitive ink technology create a unique bottle. The cold as the North scotch carries hints of red berries, orchard fruit, and caramalised sugar and vanilla, the sweetness balancing out the biting cold temperature its meant to be downed at.
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