Rum is a popular drink in India. It is the most consumed alcoholic drink with a share of about 42% of total alcohol consumption. Though it has faced stiff competition from other Indian drinks like whiskey and vodka, rum still remains popular among Indians.
Rum is a distilled drink made from sugarcane by-products like molasses or refined sugar. These products are processed to produce alcohol, which can be further distilled into rum. It’s an alcoholic beverage that comes in various varieties as per the different countries where it is produced and consumed.
The majority of Indian rums come from West Bengal, Goa, and Kerala State. There are also some distilleries located in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
Many Indian ‘whiskies’ are in fact rum but branded as whiskey to be more marketable.
Although there are many brands available in the market, one can also make Rum at home using simple ingredients easily available across India. Let’s take a look at the best brands of rum in India today:
Barcardi is an iconic brand of rum and has been a popular alcoholic drink for many years. The company claims that Daquiri was invented in Cuba by the Barcardi family. It is available in various flavors like gold, dark, silver, and black. The company also makes other spirit products under different brands like vodka and whiskey, but rum is their best-selling product.
8. Havana Club Rum
The best part about this Cuban drink is that it can be made into many different cocktails. It has a very smooth and rich taste with hints of honey and nuts which make the drink unique from all others in its category. This dark rum is known for its exceptional smoothness, making it an ideal choice for a cocktail or mixed drinks at a party.
7. Paul John Rum
This Indian-made rum is inspired by an award-winning rum from Goa called the Paulaner brand which has been a popular choice for many years now ever since it was launched in India. It is one of the best-selling rums across all states and is available at reasonable prices. The company also makes other spirits like whiskey, vodka, and gin but its most popular product remains rum because of its smooth taste that appeals to drinkers of all ages.
6. Royal Stag
Royal Stag is a popular brand of rum (officially a ‘whisky’ but really is a rum) in India with its headquarters located in Kolkata, West Bengal. It has been around since the year 1995 and is one of the top-selling brands today. The company also makes other spirits like whiskey and vodka but rum remains their best selling product because it has a very rich taste that appeals to all drinkers across age groups and regions. It sells at affordable rates as well so it can be easily afforded by most of the Indian population.
5. McDowell’s No 1 Rum
McDowell is a popular brand in India that has been around since 1968. It makes good quality rum at affordable prices and its recent launch of smaller bottles has made it even more popular among consumers across the country today because they can easily carry and consume this liquor on the go without any hassle. The company also sells other spirits like wine, whiskey, and vodka but rum is their best selling product because it is smooth and has a rich flavor that appeals to all drinkers across regions.
4. Appleton Rum
Appleton is a popular brand of rum with its headquarters located in Jamaica. It has been around since 1749 and sold at affordable prices across India to appeal to all drinkers who want to try something new without having to spend too much money on a good quality drink that can be mixed well with cola or any other soft drink to make a cocktail.
3. Captain Morgan Rum
Captain Morgan is one of the most famous brands of rum and has been around for more than 300 years. It sells at affordable prices across India which helps it appeal to all drinkers who want to explore different kinds of drinks without having to spend too much money on a good quality drink that can be mixed with cola or any other soft drink for an amazing cocktail.
2. Old Monk Rum
Old Monk Rum is a popular drink in India because it comes at an affordable price when compared to other brands like Havana Club, Barcardi, etc which cost more than Rs 200 for the same quantity of liquor. Old Monk rum has been produced by Mohan Meakins since 1954 and is available in various flavors like dark, light, and golden as well as spiced rum.
Hercules rum is a highly popular drink in India and has been produced by Radico Khaitan since 1956. Hercules rum comes with a variety of flavors like dark, light, spiced and golden as well as flavored varieties. It is available at an affordable price when compared to other brands which make it one of the most sold drinks in India.
Rum remains one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in India. It is produced by many different companies across the country because it sells at affordable prices which makes it an ideal choice for a party or even to be consumed on the go. Rum can be mixed with soft drinks and other spirits like whiskey and vodka to create amazing cocktails for parties or special occasions as well, making it an all-rounder when it comes to Indian alcohol. These drinks come at affordable prices while providing you with a great taste and hence remain popular among people from all age groups and social backgrounds.