Wednesday, July 27, 2016
You Go Goa: Paul John Single Malts
Paul John Single Malts are made by John Distilleries Ltd. in Goa, India. John Distilleries has been around for years producing bulk whiskey for the Indian market, including the controversial sugar-based whiskeys. They began producing single malts in 2007, first releasing them in 2012. They are now planning a launch in the U.S. so I thought I'd give them a try.
Paul John Classic Select Cask, bottled 2013, 55.2% abv
This has a nice, malty nose. The palate has malt, then some acid and some berry notes and it closes with a strong, malty finish. This is a very nice, bold malt with lots of pure malt flavors. It's well executed and flavorful. Good stuff!
Paul John Peated, Cask 739, bottled 2015, 57% abv
This was bottled for Dutch importer Bresser & Timmer.
The nose has a light char, like next day campfire. The palate is smoky with a touch of sweetness. The smoke intensifies toward the end and builds into a massive, smoky finish. This one is a legit peat monster.
Both of these were very impressive and worth hunting down. I'll definitely be paying attention to future Paul John releases, and I look forward to them showing up on our shelves..
Thanks to My Annoying Opinions for the samples, and also see his reviews of the Paul John Classic Select Cask and Paul John Peated.