6 Indian Gin Brands You Need To Pour Into Your Glasses

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by Vaishalee Kalvankar 1139

Where are our gin lovers? Gin is a distilled alcoholic beverage using juniper berries as its main flavouring ingredient. It has been around for decades and people have been loving the flavour. But if we talk about Indian gin, honestly it was almost as popular as it become in the last decade. Gin-aissance, if you may, has been taking shape and we can see renewed love for gin. Now, the Indian market has been bombarded with many Indian gin brands. Well, here are 6 Indian gin brands that you must absolutely try. 

1. Hapusa

Hapusa is the world’s first dry gin which is made using Himalayan Juniper. In Sanskrit, Hapusa means juniper. It also has turmeric, mango, coriander seeds and almonds notes to it. The bold aroma and taste of this Indian gin brand simply takes the experience to another level. It is currently available in New Delhi, Goa and Mumbai. 

 

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2. Greater Than

Made in Goa, Greater Than is India’s first craft gin and is made using juniper and citrus sourced from Spain and Macedonia. It is the only London dry gin made in India. It comes from the parent brand Nao Spirits (which also owns Hapusa). It also has other ingredients like fennel, coriander and ginger. To give you the best flavour with each sip, it employs copper pot distillation coupled with botanicals acquired locally and globally. 

3. Samsara

Samsara is a flowery, fruity, and earthy gin with a tinge of spice. Though the juniper is sourced from Macedonia. The additional ingredients are sourced from farms and organisations all throughout India, including Indian blood oranges, cassia bark, angelica root, and rose petals. Touted as India’s Contemporary gin, it has under its selection, India’s first pink gin. 

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4. Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin

From the house of Radicao Khaitan ,Jaisalmer Gin is a neutral grain alcohol that has been distilled thrice. There are 11 Indian botanicals in it, including cubeb pepper, vetiver, sweet orange peel, lemongrass, and green tea leaves from Darjeeling. The taste has a tinge of citrus and liquorice with the strong taste of juniper. 

5. Jin Jiji

This Indian gin brand is the first one probably to use cashew nut as an ingredient. Another interesting fact about this gin is that Tulsi is its primary ingredient. The ingredients sure make it seem like something ayurvedic but the taste is classic and heavenly. This gin is produced in Goa using Himalayan juniper and coriander as other ingredients. 

 

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6.Terai

Terai is said to be the modern version of London dry gin. This Indian gin brand uses about 11 botanicals like juniper berries, tulsi, coriander, fennel, etc. With zesty citrus notes, dry spices adding a bit of spicy taste and a sweet, piney juniper scent, this gin offers a mixture of flavours. This gin comes straight to you from the land of Maharajas, Rajasthan.

 

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There are more Indian gin brands we think you should make a beeline to try! But that’s in the next part! Let us know in the comments below, your favourite Indian gin brand.

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