What comes to your mind when we say rum and coke? For most, it is a match made in heaven. A unique mix of cold, sweet soda with strong alcohol, the combination can never go wrong at any given point. Although most of us associate rum with winter; trust us, a dedicated rum lover needs no specific time or occasion to enjoy the alcohol. In fact, there is something very soothing about rum-and-coke that remains beyond explanation. We have handpicked a few popular homegrown rum brands that are ruling the Indian market for quite some time now. Have these alcohols on the rocks, pair with soda or make yummy cocktails – you have room to explore. Let’s take you through some of the most popular rum brands in India.
Here’re 6 Homegrown Rum Brands You Must Try:
1. Short Story Rum:
A new addition to your collection of rums, here’s a homegrown brand, offering a premium quality rum for your refreshment. Goa-based brand Short Story has come up with smooth Indo-Caribbean white rum that tastes delicious when paired with some flavoured soda and a dash of lime. It is currently available in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Goa.
2. Old Monk:
It will be a sin if we don’t talk about Old Monk at the very beginning. In fact, for every rum lover, it is the ultimate comfort one can think of. This drink was introduced by Mohan Meakin Ltd. in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh in 1954. And reportedly by 2013, Old Monk became the largest black rum distributor in the world. Old Monk black rum is mixed and aged for at least seven years. It has a prominent vanilla flavour and a 42.8% alcohol level.
3. Makazai Bartender’s Edition:
Deemed India’s first premium artisanal rum, Makazai is an independent, homegrown startup that blends small batches of artisanal rums. It comes in two variants. The first being the Bartender’s Edition. It is a crystal-clear, medium-bodied white rum with creamy and elegant aromas. This blended molasses spirit has floral, sweet, spicy, and herbaceous nature that gives it a unique tropical note. The liquid inherits notes from the sugarcane grown in the rich, red soil of Maharashtra used to make the rum.
4. Makazai Tribute Edition:
The second variant is Tribute Edition. It is premium-quality aged rum, matured for two and a half years in oak barrels. This imparts a golden hue to the drink. The first sip brings out a luscious, silky well-rounded mouthfeel. On the palate, one can get hints of praline, dry dates, figs, caramel, cinnamon, and honey, along with a vanilla accent, that leaves you with a long-lingering finish, giving you a perfect sipping rum. The liquid inherits its notes from a blend of two spirits sourced from the Punjab and Maharashtra regions.
A budget-friendly rum that is smooth, strong and helps you get the ultimate kick- Gladius is a must-try for all. It is said to be aged for at least a decade and tastes delicious when mixed with ingredients to prepare cocktails.
6. Amrut Two Indies Rum:
Amrut is known to be the iconic single-malt in the market. But did you know, it also has a premium rum to offer to the patrons?! Amrut Two Indies Rum is bright gold in colour and has funky aromas and flavours of molasses, burnt sugar, roasted mango, chocolate-orange, and sweet pea blossom and bananas. These well-integrated flavours come together for a smooth sipping experience for the patrons.
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