“The lady would like a single malt!”

I’m a Canadian lass who was based in Mumbai, India exploring whiskies of the world along with my friends for many years.

In 2011, we went from ad hoc informal tastings here and there to forming a private group that met monthly. Along the way I became the ‘scribe’ and started publishing tasting notes on my blog “Everyday Asia.” However these whisky sessions were just the beginning and this blog was born as it grew into a passion worthy of its own home.

In 2015, I founded a “Whisky Ladies” club for just the lasses and our adventures with the “water of life” with a special section devoted to the Whisky Ladies Corner.

This was followed in 2016 by a 3rd club affectionately known as the “BMC” aka the Bombay Malt & Cigar club as our amusing take on the Bombay Municipal Corporation.

After some 20 years in India, late 2019 I made a huge move for work to Nuremberg, Germany leaving behind three remarkable tasting groups. We all know how our world has changed since early 2020… what was the impact on our three Mumbai whisky tasting groups?

  • Alas our original club sessions ceased without physical meetings, though one member continues to explore and post very knowledgable insights on Whisky Flu
  • As for the Bombay Malt & Cigar gents? Somehow we have sustained connects… despite being scattered from London to Brussels to Nurnberg to Mumbai. We may not meet frequently or even all of us in person, but meet we do over a malt or two or three even if it means hand delivering samples in Berlin or convincing a distillery to ship to Europe whilst others enjoy in India!
  • For the Whisky Ladies of Mumbai, September 2019 was time to pass the baton to a few fabulous women who now capture tasting notes on a new blog: Whisky Ladies of Mumbai! With great creativity the ladies found ways to share virtually and cautiously in small physical gatherings whisky acquisitions from very select travels.. so much so that 2022 is already back to a regular monthly rhythm with 6 months of tastings already planned!

As for me in Europe?

I had high hopes of finally easily making my way to various whisky festivals, exploring distilleries, forging new friendships though a shared curiosity about the world of whiskies. However clearly very little of that happened.

However as one Whisky Lady from Mumbai moved to Paris, we decided to create our own wee Euro “off-shoot” and I invited a 3rd based in London who then also moved (back) to Paris. And with that, an Insta was also created to record some of our explorations!

This blog continues and I invite you to start exploring with:

Comments welcome!

Hope you enjoy!


Carissa Hickling

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  1. Hey, looking for a good beginner whisky from Scotland for my dear 48yo brother for Christmas…I know it’s not much to go by but that’s all I have. He is not into whisky thus far but he enjoys a good life with good foods so I guess there is just this special extra missing for some enjoyable evening 🙂


    • Hey there! One affordable ‘beginner’ whisky that is accessible with some character is a vatted malt ‘Monkey Shoulder’ – a blend of three single malts Kininvie, Balvenie and Glenfiddich. Lots of other options too but this is not a bad place to start. 🙂


    • Ah… my Whisky Lady in India blog… call me a passionate novice who is happy to share! 🙂

      For your travel bug, you may find Everyday Asia amusing too… not so regular with posting but my outlet for stories of everyday life living in Mumbai and travel around Asia. Used to be a LOT of travel a few years ago. Less so now. 🙂

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  2. Hi!! would love to join this group. Read about you all through some post. I have been a lover and drinker of single malts since the last 15 odd years. Would be very happy and grateful to be part of your tastings. Thanks


  3. Hi, I am from Tamilnadu, And i am trying to get some good whiskeys for my collection

    I love the bourbon and am just starting to recognize the stronger notes. Had to smell into a barrel in the Amrut distillery to actually recognize what oaky meant.

    My question is where do you find good whiskeys in India. Here in TN all liquor is sold by the government and we dont many options to go with.

    The one i am craving for rite now is the Angel’s envy Rye


    • Hi Vignesh,

      While the range available in most states in India is much improved than even just a few years ago, I fully appreciate it remains limited.

      Some friends used to order online for shipment to India paying duty – but understand most states no longer permit this.

      Which is exactly why we started tasting groups – each member sources something when traveling abroad or via their respective network of friends and family who travel outside. Only this way are we able to bring individual bottles into India and share in private homes with friends.

      Alas it doesn’t help you get your hands on Angel’s Envy Rye… unless you are planning a trip to Kentucky!




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