~The brand received accolades for ‘Distiller of the Year,’ ‘Sustainable Distillery of the Year,’ and Craft  Producer of the Year.’~

~A brainchild of The Good Craft Co. from Diageo India, Godawan is rooted in three core pillars – Conservation, Sustainability, and Conscious Consumption.~

Godawan, India’s first artisanal single malt whisky born out of Rajasthan, hassecured  three accolades at the prestigious Icons of Whisky India 2024 – a renowned awards platform by the Whisky  Magazine that recognizes excellence and innovation in whisky. Hosted annually, the awards celebrate  significant achievements by distilleries, bars, and retailers in the global whisky industry. Godawan was awarded ‘Distiller of the Year,’ ‘Sustainable Distillery of the Year,’ and Craft Producer of the Year’ for its whisky making innovation and commitment to conservation, sustainability, and conscious consumption. 

Godawan is the brainchild of The Good Craft Co., Diageo India’s craft and innovation hub. The Good Craft Co. was set up in 2022 to accelerate transformational innovation and strengthen the brand’s craft and premium drinks portfolio. It also acts as an incubator to accelerate the alco-bev start-up ecosystem. 

Distiller of the Year | Diageo India 

With Godawan, Diageo India is crafting a distinctive single malt that challenges perceptions and defies traditional whisky production norms. Distilled in Alwar, a region devoid of conventional whisky making  terroir, Godawan leverages Rajasthan’s elevated temperatures, heritage techniques, and unique  botanicals to bring to life a range of Indian single malts that will cater to every palate – Light and Floral,  Fruity and Spicy, Rich and Rounded, Full bodied and Smoky. It achieves this by crafting a mother liquid  that is flexible enough to manifest itself across each flavour profile. Currently, the brand has launched two  unique expressions – 01 Rich and Rounded and 02 Fruit and Spice – priced between INR 2800 to INR 6000 and available in 12 markets across India: Delhi, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh,  Maharashtra, Goa, Telangana, Assam, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. 

Sustainable Distillery of the Year | Alwar Distillery  

Each bottle of Godawan is produced using only locally sourced ingredients and can be traced back to a cluster of barley farms in Rajasthan. Situated in the heart of a barley-rich region, the distillery is Asia’s first spirit distillery to attain the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Core Certification and is Platinum Accredited. It is also Diageo India’s first site to install Hydro Panels – an innovative solution that draws  moisture from the air to deliver demineralized water ready for use across blending and bottling processes.  Additionally, the company works with local communities to offer training in barley production and  rewards individuals who adhere to its standards – helping overcome the challenge of water scarcity. The distillery is also home to a 406 KWP solar rooftop system, and 55% of the total consumption at the  distillery is powered by the sun.

Craft Producer of the Year | Alwar Distillery  

Rajasthan’s people are true artisans. The region’s scarcity of resources has led to a culture of ingenuity,  creativity, and meticulous skill in every discipline. For centuries, it has crafted renowned jewellery,  architecture, textiles, art, and more of the finest quality. This culture of dedication is a cornerstone of  Godawan’s own whisky-making ethos, and it aims to represent this spirit in everything it does. By elevating  local artisans and showcasing their rich heritage, Godawan is a proud steward of the arts and crafts of  Rajasthan. It also works with local communities in reviving rare handicrafts, like Kavad – the unique story  telling box of Rajasthan. 

Speaking on the occasion, Prathmesh Mishra, Chief Commercial Officer at DIAGEO India, said, “These  awards underscore our deep-rooted commitment to innovation, craftsmanship, and sustainability.  Godawan, our “Made in India for the world brand”, has not only garnered immense love and growth but  also stands as a beacon of our dedication to giving back and preserving our natural heritage, such as the  habitat of the Great Indian Bustard. These achievements reflect our unwavering focus on delivering  exceptional quality spirits while adhering to our ethos of ‘Drink Better, Not More.’ We are proud to be  water positive and continue to invest in sustainable practices that benefit the environment. These awards  are a testament to our team’s relentless efforts to ensure that every sip of Diageo India’s spirits is an  experience worth savoring.” 

The Great Indian Bustard symbolizes Godawan’s legacy, heritage, and home. A majestic one-metre-tall  bird, it was once the national bird of India and could be found across the country. However, modern  expansion has rapidly shrunk its natural habitat and pushed it to the brink of extinction. Today, it is marked  Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List. With only around 150 left in India, these regal creatures have  taken their last refuge in Rajasthan. Godawan’s land is the only place where the bird is beginning to thrive  again. Thus, with every bottle of Godawan sold, the company contributes to conserving the habitat of  these birds, allowing them to flourish. 

About The Good Craft Co.  

Godawan Artisanal Single Malt Whisky is a product of The Good Craft Co., Diageo India’s craft and innovation hub.  It was set up in 2022 to accelerate transformational innovation and strengthen the brand’s craft and premium drinks  portfolio. The Good Craft Co. also acts as an incubator to accelerate the alco-bev start-up ecosystem.  

About Diageo India 

Diageo India is the country’s leading beverage alcohol company and a subsidiary of global leader Diageo PLC. The  company manufactures, sells and distributes an outstanding portfolio of premium brands such as Johnnie Walker,  Black Dog, Black & White, VAT 69, Antiquity, Signature, The Singleton, Royal Challenge, McDowell’s No1, Smirnoff,  Ketel One, Tanqueray and Captain Morgan. Headquartered in Bengaluru, our wide footprint is supported by a  committed team of over 3145 employees, 47 manufacturing facilities across states and union territories in India, a  strong distribution network and a state-of-the-art Technical Centre.

Incorporated in India as United Spirits Limited (USL), the company is listed on both the National Stock Exchange (NSE)  and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in India. For more information about Diageo India, our people, our brands, and  our performance, visit us at www.diageoindia.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,  http://www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practices. 

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