India is ostensibly a huge whisky-drinking nation – the biggest of them all if you look at the bare consumption figures – but nearly all the domestic ‘whisky’ produced here is dominated by molasses-derived spirit (and therefore, according to EU legislation, not whisky at all). Eight of the top 10 bestselling whiskies in the world are Indian. India’s climate means more water evaporates during maturation than in Scotland so the abv rises. Indian whisky sold outside the EU is usually made mainly of molasses (like rum!)


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