We always keep an eye out for the best and latest draughts and tipples in the market. As 2020 ushers in a new decade, we present 5 drinks (homegrown and imported) that are a must-have to keep the party going.
Paul John Christmas Edition
The 25-year-old John Distillery has left no stone unturned to become one of India’s premium spirit makers. The Goa distillery of Paul John single malt whisky, for instance, never sits idle and always looking to outdo itself. The latest introduction by the award-winning Indian single malt maker is a festive special edition whisky.
Paul John Christmas Edition is a limited edition whisky, bottled for the second year in a row. The drink has aromas of orange blossom honey, pralines and baked apples that help develop the flavour profile of raisins and dried plums. The whisky has been finished in Pedro Ximinez casks that gives the amber liquid spice and nutty notes, over and above the mocha that develops from the oak barrel.
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After the success of Indian artisanal whisky and gins, an artisanal vodka was not a stretch of imagination. Filling in the empty shoes of quality homegrown vodka is Smoke Vodka. Brainchild of Varun Jain, director, Marketing and New Business Development of NV Group, a Delhi-based manufacturer of liquor and wines, Smoke vodka is available in two variants—Classic and Aniseed.
Smoke vodka is distilled five times and charcoal filtered that gives the drink a rich and smooth texture. The Aniseed variant is an expression of the popular digestive herb ‘saunf’/fennel, which the company believes will be a great alternative to imported vodka in drinks.
Jiang Xiao Bai Baijiu
Baijiu literally means transparent alcohol. The clear liquor also has earned the accolade of being the world’s most consumed spirit; the record is built mainly due to the huge consumption in the country of origin, China. Across Asia, there are various versions of baijiu such as Korean Soju and Japanese Shochcu.
The first premium Chinese baijiu has very recently made its foray to India—Jiang Xiao Bai. Imported by Mumbai-based VBev India, Jiang Xiao Bai is a light aroma baijiu made from 100% sorghum, making it softer, more palatable and agreeable than traditional baijiu.
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In the world of craft beers, there is one name that everyone reveres, BrewDog. James Watt and Martin Dickie started a craft beer project in a ramshackle estate in Scotland in 2007, which became a global phenomenon in a few years. As of December 2019, BrewDog has set up 82 bars around the world—51 in UK, 5 in USA, and 26 in the rest of the world.
From Aberdeen, UK to Barcelona, Spain and now in Mumbai, BrewDog beers have a fan following unlike any. Three of their iconic craft beers, Punk IPA, Lost Lager and Wild Card Wheat, are now available in the financial capital.
So far, ciders have been a part of microbrewery’s repertoire but with the launch of Siqera’s bottled ciders the market and availability have expanded. Currently, available in Delhi-NCR, Siqera’s craft ciders are available in Mango and Apple flavours—both the flavours have stood the test of time in the Indian market. With 9% ABV the ciders are potent, to say the least.