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India’s newest whisky comes from the Himalayas in Jammu

It may seem like all of India’s best and newest alcohol is coming from Goa but there’s more out there too. This year, a new whisky from Haryana and a rum from Punjab made waves globally by becoming one of ten Indian spirits that won at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2022. GianChand, the latest Indian single malt, comes from the lap of the Himalayas in Jammu. 

GianChand: India’s newest homegrown whisky

While most Indian distilleries are located in the plains, this single malt comes from far cooler climes. The lower temperatures of Jammu are ideal for distillation of malted spirits and make the matured spirit mellower, leading to a well-rounded whisky. Made from six-row barley grown in India, the whisky comes from DeVans Modern Breweries, which also produces lager beers and a blended whisky called Single Vat. 

The name is an ode to the brewery’s founder Dewan Gian Chand, a journalist who entered the liquor industry in 1942. Gian Chand set up his own manufacturing unit in Jammu in 1961—a time when the industry was still nascent in the region—and his wholesale liquor depot in the city still remains even today. 

What does it taste like?

The single malt is smooth, light and easy to drink, with a delicate nose of brandy snaps, apricots and honeycomb toffee. There are mild notes of peat and dry oak from the wooden casks the malts are aged in. Expect a mix of spicy and fruity flavours, with a hint of peat and smokiness—a whisky that would go perfectly with Indian grills and tandoor dishes. 

GianChand is currently available in Jammu, Ladakh and Delhi and will soon be available in Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh and Uttarakhand; from Rs4,490

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