India is the second-largest Whisky consuming country. Nearly, one in two bottles of whisky is sold in India. Considering the huge number of whisky consumers in India, international brands are not far to reach. The whisky-consuming class enjoys this spirit with cola and other cocktails, on the rocks, neat or however they like to. The aging of whisky is the real reason behind its cost.
Whisky bottles can help you to spend millions but as they say, a hobby has no cost. Indians love to drink whisky and they are willing to spend any amount to taste the finest whisky’s in the world. There are many Indian as well as international brands available in India to quench the thirst of whisky lovers. But here are some of the most expensive whisky in India.
List of Top 10 Most Expensive Whisky in India:
10. Royal Salute 21-year-old Scotch Whisky – Rs. 14,500
Made to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Salute 21-year-old Scotch Whisky is another gem from the Chivas brothers. It is a special kind of whisky made suitably only for the queen.
This luxury whisky’s fragrance is a blend of powerful citrus aroma balanced with the fragrance of summer flowers.
The taste of sweet orange and vanilla flavor with the trace of smokiness is obtained by the perfect blend of hand-selected single malt and grain whiskies aged for a minimum of 32 years.
It is golden amber in color and contains 40% of alcohol.
Inspired by the 21 Gun salute, an act to honor royal occasions, this luxury whisky is made for the same. It comes in a majestic porcelain flagon with sapphire glaze.
9. Paul John ‘Mithuna’ Single Malt Whisky – Rs. 19,000
John Distilleries is a Goa, India-based malt plant that has grown rapidly in India as well as the globe. Paul John ‘Mithuna’ Single Malt Whisky is one of the zodiac series from the John Distilleries. It is been awarded as the third-best whisky in the world by “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021.”
The whisky is made from the finest Indian ingredients skipping the chill filtration process. The aroma is a mixture of licorice, gentle beeswax with honey on crisp toast, and tender notes of vanilla.
The Palate is thick and oily with the essence of coffee mocha along with the orange peel.
And it finishes giving complex multi-toned sugar and honey flavor.
The barley for John Distilleries comes from farmers of the foot of the Himalayas who grow six-row barley providing it the better enzymes and proteins for the yielding process. The whisky is aged in American virgin oak casks and finished in ex-bourbon casks.
8. Chivas Regal 25 Year Old – Rs. 25,000
Another luxurious whisky on our list is the Chivas Regal 25-Year-Old. Chivas Regal is the world’s first luxury whisky ruling the hearts of New Yorkers since 1909. It has seen both world wars and outlived the prohibition, this whisky should be saluted and honored.
This luxurious whisky is made by blending the most premium malt and grain whiskies produced in Scotland. The aroma of this whisky is a mixture of sweet orange, peach, marzipan, and nuts.
The palate is creamy with a rich chocolate orange taste. And the finish is medium-long perfectly rounded fruity taste.
You can enjoy it neat or a few drops of water can unlock its ultimate taste.
Entitled with many awards, the whisky is aged for 25 years in hand-selected finest oak barrels known to mankind. It has an ABV percentage of 40%. The Chivas Regal 25 is one of the finest blended whisky present in the world.
7. Ballantine’s 30-Year-Old – Rs. 26,000
Ballantine’s 30 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky is one the rarest and most exquisite whisky present out there. The world knows the best scotch whisky comes from Scotland. This Scottish whisky won gold in International Spirits Challenge 2020.
This luxurious whisky has a soft fruity aroma with floral honey sweetness and mild vanilla smokiness.
The Palate is a complex mixture of fruits, honey, vanilla, and some oak texture. The finish is long and elegant with a hint of spice. Few ice cubes can reveal its real flavors.
This luxurious spirit is deep gold in color and contains 40% alcohol. It is aged for 30 years in oak casks. Its aging and limited supply make it one of the rarest and most exclusive blended scotch whisky.
This one of the most expensive whisky in India will be admired and added to the collections of those who truly know the finest whiskies and want to experience it at any cost.
6. La Maison du Whisky Artist 10 International Amrut 10-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky – Rs. 28,000
The next whisky on our list is the Indian origin La Maison du Whisky Artist 10 International Amrut 10-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky. This single malt whisky is from the 10th anniversary of the Artist range. It is ventured by Amrut Distilleries opened in 2004 in Bangalore, India.
It is the first single malt whisky produced in India. Its aroma is a blend of vanilla and coconut followed by citrus fruits and floral aromas and lastly giving a light peat fragrance.
The palate is rich and complex. Initially, a mild flavor of vanilla and coconut milk is observed. The mid-palate is fruity and a blend of Indian spices and honey.
The finish is long and silky. It is a mixture of fruits with some smokiness and dry fruits flavor. It ends by giving a toasted and nobly spicy texture to the mouth. It is dark amber in color and contains an ABV percentage of 63.9%.
This single malt is distilled in Amrut Distilleries and matured in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask for 10 years. It was vintaged in 2010 and bottled in 2020. Only 279 bottles of Amrut 10-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky were released making it one of the rarest and highest costly whisky in India.
5. The Glenlivet 25-Year-Old – Rs. 33,000
Glenlivet is a well-known liquor brand throughout the world. The Glenlivet distillery located in Scotland produces some of the finest spirits known to mankind. The Glenlivet XXV is another gem from their luxury whisky range.
Glenlivet XXV is produced by blending some of the rarest and well-aged whiskies. Its fragrance contains the texture of dark chocolate, sultanas, fruits, and morello cherry.
The palate is thick and smooth with layers of juicy fruits, sultanas, dried fruits, and the essence of cinnamon. The finish is long and rich.
It is golden amber in color and contains 43% of alcohol. To give a rich taste, this whisky is matured in hand-selected Oloroso Sherry Oak casks for a minimum of 25 years. The limited supply makes it one of the rarest whiskies.
The Glenlivet XXV is a perfect royal whisky. Many whisky-lovers are fond of its rich taste. The bottle of Glenlivet XXV can light up your whisky collection and can make celebrations memorable.
4. John Walker & Sons King George V Blended Scotch Whisky – Rs. 43,000
The next one is the rarest whisky from the brand Johnnie Walker. It is well known throughout the world for its exclusive range of luxurious spirits. John Walker King George V is a whisky made to honor King George V.
This whisky is made by blending the rarest whiskies matured during his reign (1910 – 1936). Some of which don’t exist today. But, it replicates and reminds how JW would have tasted back in that days.
It has a deep and strong aroma of oranges, figs, cinnamon, and raisins.
The palate has a mixed flavor of dry fruits and spices balanced with vanilla. It also tastes like sweet fruits, dark chocolate, and roasted nuts. The finish is long and a bit smoky with spice.
It is matured for 25 years and contains 43% of alcohol. It is bright golden in color.
John Walker King George V is a blended scotch whisky made to celebrate and mark special occasions. It is a limited edition whisky making it rare and expensive at the same time. It can emphasize your whisky collection.
3. Amrut Greedy Angel Chairmans Reserve 10-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky – Rs. 62,000
The third most expensive whisky on our list is the Indian-origin Amrut Greedy Angel Chairmans Reserve 10-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky. Amrut’s Greedy Angel is named after the process of loss of whisky in the form of evaporation during its aging, as Angel’s are taking their share.
This single malt whisky is mild to the nose. It has an aroma of fruity orange, the sweetness of Jaffa Cakes, and honey with some spices.
The palate is initially soft lets you enjoy the taste of barley and vanilla. Along with cocoa and honey flavor.
The finish is mid-long and oily giving a strong tangy and later sweet honey taste with some spicy texture.
It is bright golden in color and contains 55% of alcohol. You can enjoy it neat, on the rocks or with a few drops of water. Drops of water reveal its real texture and taste. It is matured for 10 years in oak casks.
It is one of the finest and costliest whiskies present in India. Amrut Distilleries location in Goa helps the whiskies to mature fast compare to whiskies in Scotland. So, 8 years of maturation of whisky in Goa is equivalent to 30 years of maturation in Scotland.
Its limited supply and rich taste make whisky lovers of India, as well as the world, to taste a bit of this spirit before it goes extinct. Hence, it is the rarest and one of the most expensive whisky in India.
2. Amrut Greedy Angel Chairmans Reserve Peated Sherry Finish 10-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky – Rs. 73,000
Amrut Greedy Angel Chairmans Reserve Peated is the most expensive single malt whisky from Amrut Distilleries. It is the second-costliest whisky in India. It was launched in 2019 and won the title of ‘Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2019 Asian Whisky of the Year’.
This whisky has a mixed aroma of peat, marmalade, and cocoa. The palate is fruity orange with a butterscotch flavor. It also gives some spicy texture along with some sweetness of honey.
The finish is long and rich giving you a rum-soaked raisins savor and smokiness of oak. It contains 60% alcohol and is bright copper in color. You can enjoy it neat, on the rocks or with some water.
It is aged in Sherry casks for 10 years which adds a mild rum flavor to it. Only 324 bottles are packed of this spirit making it rare and costly. Those will be lucky who get their hands on this before it is sold out.
1. Rampur Signature Reserve Single Malt Indian Whisky – Rs. 1.3 Lakhs
The most expensive whisky in India is the Rampur Signature Reserve Single Malt Indian Whisky which is worth Rs. 1.3 lakhs. Only 400 bottles were produced of this limited edition luxurious whisky. It is the finest whisky made to mark the 75th anniversary of Rampur Distillery.
This spirit has a perfect blended aroma of PX Sherry and vanilla on the first note. Later revealing the essence of cinnamon, Indian forest honey, dried fruits, and oaky notes.
The palate is intensely rich and creamy covering the mouth with flavors of sultanas, toffees, Christmas pudding, and burnt cinnamon.
The finish is rich and satisfying. It lingers tongue with savors of dried fruits and the smokiness of oak. It is dark amber in color and contains 43.9% ABV.
This spirit is made from the finest ingredients produced in India. Initially, it is matured in American Standard Oak Barrels for several years and then in PX Sherry Butt from Jerez casks for final maturation.
Rampur Signature Reserve Single Malt Indian Whisky is the No. 1 whisky in India. It is also referred to as “Kohinoor” of India whisky. Its limited supply and affluent taste make it the most expensive whisky in India.