Stranger and Sons
A truly artisanal gin, with heavy notes of herbal flavours, Stranger & Sons is almost certainly the best Indian gin that we have tried.
Gin mania has truly hit India in the last couple of years - used to be considered as an obscure drink by most Indian drinks, gin has quickly become a drink preferred by a vast number of people. This turnabout could have come since gin is often considered a "day-party" drink - also ideal for a "sundowner", since it goes very well with a wide variety of cocktail - or perhaps due to increased availability of Indian made gins. Whatever may have triggered this, gins are here stay, as you can evidently see from an increasingly large assortment of gin based cocktails in pubs across the country.
Popularized by British culture or movies, gin was squarely considered an English liquor, but in the last few years a few distilleries in India have made their mark in this segment. Stranger & Sons, distilled in Goa, has quickly established itself as one of the preferred gin options- and boy, do they absolutely deserve it or what!
A truly artisanal gin, with heavy notes of herbal flavours, Stranger & Sons is almost certainly the best Indian gin that I have tried. I've appreciated the herbal notes by mixing it only with soda, and the classic combination with tonic water, and of course a variety of cocktails, to which it imparts a very distinct, identifiable flavour. My personal favourite was mixing it with an elderflower liquor, which was an incredibly good mix of herbal, spicy and floral tastes. This also implies the possibility of a whole bunch of floral notes that I can't wait to try!
Sadly, it seems that at at this moment, their supply is mostly limited to their home state of Goa and neighbouring Maharashtra, and we've had difficulties sourcing it in Bangalore - but we can't for them to expand across the country.