Some Indian craft spirits already world class quality while staying true to their Indian roots. Now, gin aficionados across the country have a new reason to cheer. Wave hello to Terai, a spanking new gin from the house of Globus Spirits.
This gin is made in Rajasthan in the style of a London Dry Gin. Manufactured by the India Craft Spirit Company—owned by the Swarups of Globus Spirits—Terai is the family’s first venture into the craft spirit arena. “India has a history that’s full of tales of feasts and celebrations. We wanted to create a product that draws from this history without being ‘exotically Indian’,” explains founder Shekar Swarup. The result is an attractive product that draws on temple architecture and handicrafts for its design and plays with Indian flavours in a less than obvious manner.
While most gin distillers buy their base spirit from outside suppliers and then infuse and distill the liquid with botanicals, Terai’s house made rice grain spirit makes its offering unique. The gin is one-shot distilled (a more laborious process) in a handmade German copper still and infused with 11 botanicals. “While the tulsi, fennel and coriander bring fresh, green notes to the gin, the lavender and rose perfume it, and the almonds give it a slightly bitter, nutty flavour,” explains consultant and brand ambassador, Karina Aggarwal. All ingredients have been sourced in India, except for the juniper to keep the particular expression of its London Dry Gin taste.
Terai, with its beautiful bottle design and high quality cotton paper label a truly ‘made in India’ offering, works well in a Gin & Tonic and truly shines in a martini.
Terai will be available in Delhi starting July and hopefully across major metros soon after.