Rutland Square Gin

Our Story


Rutland Square Gin is inspired by a rich family story and history. Our founder’s Great Grandfather Tej Ram Bawa, was an Indian spirit entrepreneur and visionary. Tej started his journey in Assam, India, the land of tea farms. In his early days, he worked in the forest department until his entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own business blending and creating spirits.

Tej would buy single malt whisky from the British officers stationed in Assam and blended it with his local whisky, obsessively mixing and layering tastes and aromas. He cultivated his skills as a craftsman of spirits, creating a complex blend adapted to the subtle Indian palate. His enterprise was at its peak when Britain left India which resulted in changes to the licencing act which forced him to shut his doors.

Rutland Square pays Homage to Tej Ram Bawa, taking inspiration from his vision, reviving his legacy and the family enterprise.


Great-grandfather Tej Ram Bawa started blending spirits in Assam, India in 1940.


His business was at its peak until in 1985 the Government changes its local regulation and prohibits the production of spirits locally.


The idea of a new family enterprise is planted while sipping gin in a cigar club in India.

R&D for spirit & liquor
Started 2017
2020 Rutland Square Gin
was born

Empowered Craft

“Choose more than just a premium drink; choose empowerment, one sip at a time.”

Rutland Square Gin is a testament to excellence and empowerment, intricately woven into every bottle we produce. Sourced from the picturesque landscapes of Dibrugarh, Assam, in India, our gin is uniquely infused with Oolong white tea. This ingredient is not just a flavor; it’s a commitment to quality and ethical practice.

At the heart of our production is a partnership with a remarkable team of 14 women, chosen for their unparalleled skill and gentle precision in handling the delicate Oolong leaves. These leaves, demanding gentle care, are carefully hand-plucked and hand-rolled during the first flush to encapsulate their sublime flavor.

This endeavor serves a twofold purpose: it celebrates the exceptional talents of these women, vital in ensuring our gin’s distinguished quality, and actively addresses the gender and wage disparities that cast a shadow over Eastern Assam’s natural splendor. Despite the beauty of the region, its women often face unjust conditions — a challenge Rutland Square Gin meets head-on, committed to fostering change.

With each purchase, you do more than enjoy an exquisite gin; you honor the dedication of these incredible women and contribute to building a fairer world. Our initiatives guarantee equitable wages, enabling them to enhance their own and their families’ well-being.

Our ethos, “Choose more than just a premium drink; choose empowerment, one sip at a time,” embodies our dedication to not only excellence in taste but also in purpose.

We extend our impact further through contributions to community projects, focusing on education and opportunity, ensuring a sustainable and brighter future for these families. We invite you to be part of this meaningful journey, transforming lives one bottle at a time.

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