Global drinks player International Beverage Holdings Limited (IBHL) has introduced three of its finest spirits to the duty-free stores at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Delhi Duty Free will now offer two new flagship Highland single malt whiskies – Old Pulteney and Balblair; and a super-premium handcrafted Scottish gin – Caorunn for consumers travelling through Terminal 3.

“As a company committed to investment in the global travel retail sector, our presence at Indian airports, starting with Delhi, is a fantastic opportunity to seed our brands in the minds of customers travelling to and from India. Through our exclusive range of highly coveted single malts and gin, we offer these travellers a more premium choice to experience a world of fine spirits,” James Bateman, Travel Retail Director, IBHL, said in a statement.

IBHL entered India last year through Dhall Foods, a food and beverage distributions partner with a legacy of over 30 years. Its portfolio is present in major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Gurgaon, both on and off premise, with its core range of the above portfolio along with its classic Speyside whisky, Speyburn.

Varun Anand, Manager – Buying (Liquor & Confectionary), Delhi Duty Free Services (DDFS), welcomed the brands’ inclusion, “Delhi Duty Free is the largest duty-free retail set up in India, and we are in continuous pursuit to enrich the traveller experience here by expanding our collection with products for luxury living.”

“Travellers today are more knowledgeable and increasingly willing to spend on premium experiences, including within the spirits category. We believe the timing is perfect to introduce our flagship brands in the Indian travel retail space, thus offering greater choice to discerning travellers seeking diverse experiences within both the single malt category and the premium gin segment”, said Kavir Advani, Country Advisor for IBHL.

All three brands have bagged a number of international awards, the most recent being the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky of 2016 by prestigious World Whiskies Awards given to Old Pulteney 1989.

This is not the only time that the Old Pulteney has won one of the highest accolades in the whisky industries. Its 21 Year Old holds the coveted title of ‘World Whisky of the Year’ for 2012 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – one of the industry’s highest honours.

Known as the “Maritime Malt”, many say they can taste a faint hint of the sea in Old Pulteney thanks to the Distillery’s windswept location and close proximity to the North Sea. Expressions that will be showcased at the DDFS include the Old Pulteney Lighthouse Collection; travel retail exclusives comprising three single malts named after historic lighthouses located along the North Sea coastline near the Pulteney Distillery.