Winter is here, and so is the Rum and Hot Toddies season.
Rum may not be the most popular drink in India till a few years back but with young entrepreneurs entering the industry and creating premium spirits, Rum culture has been revived in India as the industry expands.
With the wide variety of cultures that make rum in different places using different techniques, rum is the most diverse category of alcoholic spirits in the world.
Here is the list of the ten best homegrown Rum brands to try this winter. With a variety of flavors and smells, these Indian Rums are among the best in the country.
1. Old Chief Rum
Old Chief Rum is a full-bodied, authentic dark rum. In the segment of fine rums, Old Chief is an authentic pioneer. Its unique character comes from the sugarcane it is made from, giving a nutty, crunchy flavor and a dark brown, golden amber hue.
Old Chief perfectly combines sweet and fruity aromas with a moderately full-bodied palate and a hint of dark caramel that give it a balanced and exotic taste in every sip.
It is a unique, impressive work of art created by a visionary mind. Old Chief Rum, whether served straight or in cocktails, makes a great companion to aficionados of fine spirits.
2. Gladius Rum
A budget-friendly blend aged for a minimum of a decade, the Gladius 10 describes itself as a combination of fine Indian spirit and a matured, unique spirit’. Look to this for a mixing rum to pair with tiki cocktails.
3. Maka Zai Bartender’s Edition (White)
The white edit from the independent Stilldistilling distillery, this small batch artisanal is bursting with the influences of the red soil of the Panchaganga river, where the cane is grown. A fun, tropical, medium-bodied white.
4. Short Story
In September, Third Eye Distillery, by the folks behind Stranger & Sons, started Short Story, with offerings such as London dry gin, grain vodka, and white rum. The white rum will transport you to the Caribbean. It’s crafted from Jamaica, Trinidad, and the Dominican Republic rums.
On the nose, it’s tropical and grassy, while the finish is complex and lengthy.
5. Rock paper Rum
Rock Paper Rum is the brainchild of Lalit Khalani, the third-generation family member that had a rum business popular among the Army, Navy, and Air Force canteens across the country in the 80s.
Kalani has revived the family business by producing two new small-batch variants—Indian Spiced Rum, a triple-distilled golden rum crafted from sugarcane and a gamut of botanicals and spices.
The medium-bodied spirit is best enjoyed on the rocks or in a cocktail.
The Coastal White Rum, on the other hand, is woody and sweet, with a hint of vanilla.
6. Wild Tiger
This lesser-known Kerala-born is different from most average rums in that it is made from cane juice spirit instead of 100 percent molasses.
Don’t let the flamboyant bottle fool you–the contents make a delightful peg.
7. Old Monk The Legend
We should include the OG of Indian-origin rum: Old Monk. Choose The Legend for its bottle shaped like the head of founder H.G. Meakin and its smooth, well-aged profile.
8. Amrut Two Indies Rum
The iconic single-malters bring their distilling finesse to rum with just as much ease.
Two Indies is ideal if you want a fruity rum with a sweet, dry finish–think ripe banana, sugarcane and tropical fruits.
9. Amrut Old Port Deluxe Matured Rum
The other rum from the homegrown house of whisky, Old Port Deluxe, is a better choice when you prefer your spicy blends. Look for pistachio and spice on the nose and ginger, nutmeg, and bubblegum on the palate of this full-bodied rum.
10. Segredo Aldeia White Rum
From the good folks that gave us the phenomenal Woodburn’s whisky and the more recent Pumori gin, this new Goan rum brand has a story involving a secret village, French pirates, and buried treasure. Its white edit is rife with vanilla, sweet wood, peaches, and cream–perfect for summer sipping.