If you love savouring a single malt after a long day at work, know that you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy one. Whether you relish fruity, rich or spicy drams, there’s a mature single malt to match your taste and budget.
Single malt whiskies under Rs5,000
Singleton of Glendullan
Enjoy smooth and sweet flavours? The Singleton of Glendullan 12 YO has a light body with hints of honey, and vanilla. Enjoy a creamy finish with a lingering aftertaste of blackcurrant. The Singleton of Glendullan 15 YO has a heavier body as compared to its younger counterpart, with notes of cinnamon pepper, lemon and coriander.
Rs3,430 for 12 YO, Rs 4,620 for 15 YO in New Delhi. Prices may differ in other parts of the country.
The Glenlivet 12 YO
One of Speyside’s definitive malts, this classic single malt is deceptively complex and sophisticated. With a bouquet of orchard fruit and fragrant florals, the honeyed malt notes that have been compared to a delicate perfume carry a creamy mouthfeel.
Rs3,500 in New Delhi. Prices may differ in other parts of the country.
Inspired by mount Kamet in Uttarakhand, this single malt whisky is produced in a distillery in Kurukshetra. Using the local six-row barley, the whisky is distilled in copper pot stills and matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon American Oak, ex-wine French Oak and ex-Sherry casks. This gives the single malt a vinous touch, as most single malts use only ex-Bourbon casks for their standard expression. As you drink Kamet, the notes of caramel, dark chocolate and raisins blend in with the more distinct oak spice flavours that produce a warm and nutty finish.
Rs2,699 in Goa. Prices may differ in other parts of the country.
This single malt whisky continues to be made through the traditional copper pot stills in the distillery located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is fruity and floral to the nose, with a rich, creamy vanilla and apricot and apple on the palette. Select has won big internationally—in 2017, it won a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
From Rs4,500. Prices may differ in other parts of the country.
Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky
The Bengaluru-based whisky brand began its distillery in 1948, and today is best known for its variety. The brand offers port rum, blended whiskies, sherry, and single malts including the Amrut Fusion, Amrut Peated. The classic Amrut Indian Single Malt Whisky has notes of bourbon and a creamy toffee finish.
Rs3,700. Prices may differ in other parts of the country.
Paul John Bold
After launching the single malts in the United Kingdom, Paul John began producing single malts through their distilleries in Goa, which owing the warmer climate, helps whiskies mature faster.Their entry level expression includes Bold, and as the name suggests, produces with oak and honey flavours and has a weighty finish.
Rs4,680 in New Delhi. Prices may differ in other parts of the country.
The Ardmore Legacy
Bottled at 40% ABV, this peated single malt is gentle on the nose and the palate with a light smoky char and citrus zest.
Rs3,475 in New Delhi. Prices may differ in other parts of the country.