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#1 Jun 27th, 2007, 23:54
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The drinking of Scotch whisky was introduced into India during the nineteenth century, during the period of the British Raj. Scotch style whisky is the most popular sort of distilled alcoholic beverage in India, though India has traditionally been thought to lack a domestic drinking culture. Whisky, however, has become fashionable for wealthier Indians, and as such the market for whisky among affluent Indians is one of the largest in the world.

90% of the "whisky" consumed in India is molasses based, although India has begun to distil whisky from malt and other grains. Brand names of Indian molasses whisky, including "Bagpiper", "McDowell's No. 1", and the partially malt based "MaQintosh" suggest that the inspiration behind the Indian whiskies is Scotch whisky, despite these products being chiefly made from molasses.
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#2 Jun 28th, 2007, 00:46
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I always preferred the Irish.

Now I drink neither --- Scottish, Irish, or Indian.

And the Irish must have finished off my counting ability
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yeah sigh sigh sigh

Let's be positive. Indian made whisky does have alcohol in it.


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Originally Posted by lonelyaztec View Post Scotch style whisky is the most popular sort of distilled alcoholic beverage in India
Well India is home of 'Old Monk' from Mohan Breweries, which is among the top 5 selling brands in the world in any form of liquor.

Its black rum, and goes very well with Thumbs Up !!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I always preferred the Irish.

Now I drink neither --- Scottish, Irish, or Indian.

And the Irish must have finished off my counting ability
I quite like the Welsh stuff actually (Penderyn).

Off topic, your talk of counting ability reminds me that there are 10 kinds of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who don't.
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Originally Posted by shashank.aggarwal View Post Well India is home of 'Old Monk' from Mohan Breweries, which is among the top 5 selling brands in the world in any form of liquor. !!
Would be great to know where you got this info from.
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Old Monk is very good and I like it!!!!
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Originally Posted by crvlvr View Post Would be great to know where you got this info from.
I have read that it is the world's 3rd largest selling rum, so it's just about feasible that it could be in top 5 of all liquors. Unlikely though, when you consider Vodka, etc.
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Old Monk is the 3rd largest selling "rum" in the world after Bacardi and Tanduay. I doubt if it is one of the top 5 liquor brands in the world.
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Originally Posted by ba9rn View Post I have read that it is the world's 3rd largest selling rum, so it's just about feasible that it could be in top 5 of all liquors. Unlikely though, when you consider Vodka, etc.
you are correct its the 3rd largest rum brand..not amonng all liquors..looks like I had the monk on my head last night..

Celebration, another Indian Rum is 5th Largest rum brand..
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I remember attending a mentors program organized by Jonnie Walker in some star hotel. The first look at the invitation tickled me- mentoring for scotch whiskey? In what sane mind would somebody want to do that!! A naturally spirited person needs no mentoring; he would probably be a master already. Anyways there are numerous gravely illogical happenings around me, this shouldn't bother me and there I was at the program. The witty nerd, who was supposedly the night’s master of ceremony, narrated the history and making of Jonnie Walker Whisky backed with some visually delightful audio-visual clippings. After every round of mentoring, the scotch whisky was sampled around the tables, the audience was prompted to smell and twirl the short-glass, and some funny trivia in between. It was a well conceived and beautifully presented journey into Scotland and Whiskey, starting with Johnny Walker Red, to black, to gold to blue labels, not in that order though.
Red Scotch?! Blue Scotch?! Black Scotch?! Gold Scotch ?!– And they call us racists, what nerve!!!
It ended with a standing ovation and a NIRVANA look on everybody’s face, and I stood puzzled and lost... errr...maybe because I am a tee-totaler, that’s why!!!

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Having no interest in the stuff, I don't know why you went in the first place!

But the more spirits one drinks, the less sensitive the mouth (hey, isn't alcohol a local anaesthetic?) so they should have started with the best stuff first!

I'm no drinker these days either, but in the days when I did I would definately say that an ordinary Irish was nicer smoother and tastier than even a quite expensive scotch malt. Better value all round.

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There used to be an oft quoted statistic years ago that the amount of Scotch consumed in India was more than that produced in Scotland.
A tribute to the spurious Scotch available in India, it was.

Not a whisky drinker, but I always drink local stuff unless I am sure who bought it, and where.
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I was just going to say the same Captain. There is only one Indian brand of whiskey that I touch, that is Solan No.1 It is full malt whiskey brewed by Mohan meakins at their plant in Kasauli & they use natural mountain spring water. In my opinion the best choice of Indian hard liquor would be the excellent dark rums like Old Monk.
After recent liberisation booze stores in the metros stock imported liquor of all kind. This has dented the black market business and one can buy geniune stuff. A word of caution here. Almost all good booze stores in metros now dispaly arrays of wines from all parts of the world. Except a few the owners know nothing about storing wines. I have seen Spanish Rioja baking in Delhi summer Sun. Go to the few stores which have air con cellars if you are looking for "drinkable" wines.
In Delhi you can go to Savitri complex near GK-II & Khan Market.
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