Pernod Ricard India has entered the Indian Single Malt category with the introduction of Longitude 77, marking three decades of the company’s presence in India. The move reflects the increasing popularity of premium Indian spirits, with Longitude 77 aiming to pay homage to India’s rich heritage, craftsmanship, culture, landscape, and terroir.
Named after the line of longitude that runs through the length of India at 77° East, the brand seeks to symbolize India’s position on the world map. The launch event was recently held at DLF Golf & Country Club in Gurugram, showcased what was termed a ‘Reimagined India’, which was led by Arjun Rampal. The evening also featured contemporary Indian luxury elements, including a presentation of Indian soundscapes by musician Karsh Kale, a fashion showcase by designer Ashish Soni, and a culinary exploration by Chef Vicky Ratnani.
Produced in small batches in a distillery in Dindori, Nashik, Longitude 77 brings together locally sourced ingredients with a double-matured single malt is aged in American Bourbon barrels and wine casks, presenting a mahogany colour and a flavour profile described as smooth, full-bodied, and balanced, with hints of caramel, vanilla, and faint peat smoke.
The packaging of Longitude 77 features an indigo-coloured matte finish box and bottle, paying homage to the colour that India gave to the world. Both the box and the bottle depict the map of India with the Longitude 77° passing through, symbolizing the essence of the country.
Kartik Mohindra, Chief Marketing Officer, Pernod Ricard India, said, “As we celebrate 30 incredible years in India, our commitment to delivering quality brands and experiences gets enhanced with the launch of Longitude 77. Inspired by the line that runs through the heart and soul of India, Longitude 77 is a symbol of authentic contemporary Indian luxury. Our Master Distiller has carefully crafted an exquisite liquid to celebrate and showcase India’s rich culture, heritage, terroir and craftsmanship. We believe that Longitude 77 will give the world a taste of “India Reimagined”. We are confident that this exceptional addition to our portfolio will be embraced by whisky enthusiasts across the world and elevate their convivial experience.”
Longitude 77 Master Distiller, R Natrajan shared, “It is an exciting time for Indian single malts as whisky enthusiasts discover the beauty of home-grown spirits. Longitude 77 is an Indian single malt that’s proud of its provenance, crafted with utmost care and attention. Produced in small batches, it seeks to represent the best of India’s rich terroir and local ingredients. The liquid has been double matured and brought to perfection in American Bourbon barrels and wine casks. The result is an exquisite, full bodied single malt with notes of caramel, vanilla, and subtle peat smoke. Longitude 77 is more than just a single malt; it is our homage to the enchanting spirit of India.”
The launch event also had a sipping experience of the whisky, featuring serves celebrating unique Indian ingredients with Geographical Indication (GI) tags. Currently the malt is available in selected regions, including Goa, Maharashtra, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi Duty Free, the brand aims to expand its presence in other markets, targeting a premium convivial experience for Indian whisky drinkers.