Origin: Goa (India)
Type: Single Malt Indian Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: John Distilleries
Average price: € 64.00
Official website: pauljohnwhisky.com
There is no doubt that when people think of whisky, they immediately think of Scotch, identifying the spirit with its Scottish version.
As a whisky enthusiast knows, whisky is now made almost everywhere in the world, but many of the producers who decide to embark on this venture start from there, from Scotch.
This was also the case for Paul P. John, who was so enchanted by Scotch whisky that he founded his own distillery in 1992 and initially produced blends only for the local market.
Using the knowledge of master distiller Michael D’Souza, after ten years the Indian single malt reached British shores, and then the international market.
Produced from barley grown at the foot of the Himalayas, given the climate the distillate (and the barley from which it originates) is oilier than in Europe, which is why the distillery has chosen never to bottle at less than 46% alcohol and not to use chillfiltration.
Distilled and matured entirely in Goa, it’s a well-known fact that whisky matures more quickly in these latitudes than in Europe, so their bottlings are all NAS.
There are currently eight versions in the portfolio, including peated whiskies, which are made using peat imported from Scotland as it’s not available in India.
Honey-coloured in the glass.
Nutmeg is the first aroma to catch the nose, accompanied by plenty of honey, vanilla, a touch of caramel, apple pie with cinnamon, dates, dried fruit (pecans, almonds), very oily, even evoking argan oil. Wood and cereals in the background. No alcohol at all perceived.
The alcoholic warmth is also there on the palate but without taking over, bringing just a touch of spice and pepper that goes well with nutmeg and honey (the two main scents). Oily and compact, its sweet and fruity soul is re-proposed, with a hint of orange and a light splash of lemon to brighten its colour. Toasted cane sugar, wood.
Medium-long finish of nutmeg, honey, walnuts, wood.
A cask strength whisky that manages to be simple and compact, without great evolution and complexity but very pleasant and drinkable, certainly young but with a distinct personality.