Indian-made foreign liquor

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Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) is the official term used by governments, businesses and media in India to refer to all types of hard liquor manufactured in the country other than indigenous alcoholic beverages such as fenny, toddy, arrack and others.

IMFL is also referred to, which are produced in foreign countries and imported to India in bulk quantities and bottled in an Excise bonded Ware House by the Importers.

The alcoholic strength of IMFL generally does not exceed 42.8% alcohol by volume. Most common bottles of IMFL are available in sizes of quart (750 ml), pint (375 ml) and nip (180 ml) in cases of 12, 24 and 48 bottles respectively.[citation needed]


A common characteristic of many IMFLs, distinct from spirits elsewhere in the world, is that irrespective of the final product the starting ingredient is a neutral spirit distilled from molasses, a byproduct of the sugar industry. For example, whisky in most countries would be distilled from grain, while Indian whisky is made from distilled molasses spirit, blended with grain or malt-based whisky, which may include imported Scotch whisky.[1][2] The same applies to other IMFL spirits, like rum or vodka. However some recent entrants distill spirits per traditional methods even when manufacturing in India.

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  1. ^ Mallya, Vijay. "India 'King of good times'". Financial Times. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Whisky Rebellion". Time. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 29 November 2011.  (subscription may be required to access)

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