Bacardi enters the Indian whisky category with the launch of a new blend, called Legacy.
Legacy, which is said to symbolise the ‘culture and passion’ of India, has been made with select Indian grains, and combines Indian and Scottish malt whiskies. The resulting liquid offers subtle peaty notes, fruity notes, and undertones of toasted oaks and a ‘delicate vanilla smoky’ finish.
The new brand is described as Bacardi’s first ‘made-in-India whisky innovation’ and the only premium Indian whisky in the company’s portfolio.
The launch of Legacy aims to further strengthen Bacardi’s growth strategy in India and create a value price segment for its consumers, the company said.
Bacardi said India is one of its fastest-growing markets, with the company ‘rapidly investing behind its strategic and ambitious vision’ for the country.
India is one of the fastest-growing markets for alcohol globally, with an estimated size of $52.5 billion in 2020, Bacardi said. The market is expected to rise by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8% between 2020 and 2023 (ICRIER 2022).
IWSR 2021 figures cited by Bacardi estimate that the Indian whisky category could exceed 250 million nine-litre cases by 2026.
Legacy will launch in three formats: 750ml, 375ml, and 180ml. It will be available on shelves in Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh initially.
Following the first phase of the launch, the whisky will be sold in Karnataka, Delhi, Punjab, Odisha, West Bengal, and Rajasthan.