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Indian spirits snap up medals at IWSC 2022

Indian spirits snap up medals at IWSC 2022

The recently announced results of the International Wine and Spirits Competitions 2022 (IWSC) has recognised 10 Indian spirits as among the best in the world in their respective categories: whiskey, gin and rum.

This year there were more than 4,000 entrants from across the world. In 2020, Stranger & Sons (Third Eye Distilleries, Goa) became the first Indian gin to win gold at the IWSC.

Paul John Mithuna single malt whiskey (95/100 points) was conferred a Gold medal. It is part of the Paul John Zodiac series, and has flavours of coffee mocha, orange peel and gentle spices.

Nao Spirits’ Greater Than No Sleep gin won a Silver medal (92/100 points). It is a limited edition gin that uses 100% Arabica coffee from Chikmagalur (Karnataka), without any sugar or artificial flavours.

Picadilly Distilleries’ Indri-Trini single malt whiskey (91/100) was awarded a Silver medal. It has nutty flavours, with a gentle spice and hints of burnt pineapple, citrus and raisins.

In addition, Indri-Trini was adjudged the best Indian single malt and stood as the category winner (no age statement) at the World Whiskey Awards 2022. It won Gold (Word Whiskey single malt; no age statement) at the International Spirits Challenge, 2022; and was declared winner (Asian whiskey) at Dom Roskrow’s New Wizards Awards 2022.

Paul John’s Oloroso single malt whiskey won a Silver medal scoring 92/100 points. It has fragrances of peach and apricot, with notes of blood orange and molasses.

Paul John’s Pedro Ximenez single malt whiskey also won a Silver medal with 92/100 points. It has flavours of creamy butterscotch, dry fruits and Christmas cake.

Third Eye Distilleries’ Trading Tides gin bagged a Silver medal (90/100 points). Trading Tides was created in collaboration with an Australian distillery, Four Pillars. The citrus-forward gin combines Australian lemon myrtle and river mint with Indian ingredients like kokum, tamarind and mangosteen.

Sanghera Rum Co.’s Five Rivers rum was awarded a Bronze medal. It is a dry Indian spiced rum featuring a mix of cardamom, cassia, ginger, clove and coriander seed, without added sugar.



Khemani Distilleries’ (Daman) Kamanda Premium Café Rhum whiskey won a Bronze medal. It offers a delicious blend of espresso coffee, Jamaican rum and vanilla.

Royal Respect whiskey from Daman won a Bronze at IWSC 2022. This 5-year-old Scotch has a fruity and smoky taste, with notes of vanilla and ripened apple.

Crazy Cock blended malt whiskey from Meher Distilleries also bagged a Bronze. The blend’s rich caramel and vanilla notes won the jury over.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru-based urban lifestyle brand, Salud Beverages, made its mark on the world stage with all three of its entries for the prestigious London Spirits Competition coming away with medals.



Salud G&T 2.0 Lavender won Gold, while Salud G&T 2.0 Cucumber and Salud Sonic walked away with Silver medals.

Where other competitions focused solely on technical competence and distilling prowess, the London Spirits Competitions goes further to evaluate a spirit for its all-around excellence: in the way it tastes, looks and the value it provides.