Scotch Whisky was introduced to India in the 19th Century. Edward Dyer established the Kasauli brewery, the first brewery in India. The brewery was then converted into India’s first distillery. India’s grain distilled Alcohol production was thwarted by grain shortages, due to India’s poverty level.
Indian Whisky really got its start in the late 20th century. The manufacture of whisky from malted grains in India was pioneered by Amrut Distilleries. In 1982, spearheaded by Neelakanta Jagdale, their Chairman and managing director, a premium whisky was created from a combination of malted and unmalted barley, at a time when most distillers in India were manufacturing whisky by converting molasses to alcohol.
Liquor had never been a priority in India and it wasn’t very popular, but in the 1990s, access to better technology gave the Indian people a craving. And with a rise of foreign players to the market, several Indian manufacturers decided to acquire foreign liquor companies, to stay in the game. India is now one of the many Whisky producers from around the world. Click away on our interactive map to discover the distilleries of India!