In 2015, the world was going through a “Gin-aissance” and yet, two bar owners in Delhi who waited expectantly for the tsunami of Gin brands were left high and dry. The country where Gin & Tonic was invented and where exotic gin botanicals are found in most home kitchens was still in the dark ages of Gin. If they wanted Gin, they were going to have to make it themselves.

They stepped out from behind the bar, got themselves a copper pot still and experimented with every spice, herb and fruit they could find. They found a lot, they distilled a lot, they tasted a lot and they fell down a lot. With a little bit of luck and a lot of help, they found two recipes they loved enough to not just want to serve at their own bar but to take to the rest of the country and the world.

And so in 2015, Anand Virmani and Vaibhav Singh had founded Nao Spirits and Beverages in Delhi, launched Greater Than in September 2017 and the premium Hapusa a year later, again in Goa. With craft beer having grown as a concept, and the single malt barrier broken with Paul John and Amrut, craft gin is the new Indian spirit venture.

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