Is there a brown basmati out there that has a more intense aroma and flavor, closer to the aged Indian rice?
Here in the UK the basmati rice available in supermarkets is imported basmati from India and Pakistan: you can find both brown and white.
"Indian brown rice has a strong flavor which even seems to overpower seasonings. So great is the preference for white rice that only the poorest eat brown rice..."
Basmati, like Champagne in France, can only be from a certain region in India. There are , however, many varieties of long grain rice from many different regions of the world. The brown Basmati rice that I get from my local Indian grocery store is from India. It is chewy, nutty and closer to California wild rice that I also use. It does nothing for the authentic Indian recipes but works with the daily Indian meal of roti ( unleavened whole wheat tortilla), sabji ( seasonal vegetable), daal ( lentil stew) and rice.
I do not flavor my brown Basmati because I serve it with other flavorful dishes. I have made a salad with it that guests have liked. The white Basmati of my younger years in India, was so fragrant and flavorful on its own, it needed no additions of flavor except fresh peas and cumin seeds flash roasted in ghee( clarified butter). But I had never even heard of brown Basmati before arriving in the USA.