The group began by tasting more than 400 gins, picking out the flavours and styles they liked best to create a “robust gin” with a distinctly Indian flavour profile. Setting up an independent distillery in India is no easy feat, with every state having its own regulations. Additionally, alcohol is conventionally mass-produced, resulting in the perception that local products are of lower quality. Stranger & Sons, a small-batch and premium craft gin, set off with a mission to change minds.
Crucially for the co-founders of Third Eye Distillery, Goa is a land bursting with botanical flavours. It was the perfect location to build their distillery. In fact, the team can source their raw materials from very close to home.
“We have an abundance of spice farms around our distillery, and literally get our black pepper, coriander, nutmeg and mace from our neighbour across the road,” says Saigal.
The distillery spread its wings to Singapore last year, launching bottled cocktails named Strange Times in the city-state, and has now made its move into the UK market through Sip and Savour’s on-trade and off-trade network, including several UK-based bars and restaurants.