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Indian Paul John Distillery

Paul John Bold

Review of the peated version of the well-known Indian whisky.

Origin: Goa (India)
Type: Single Malt Indian Whisky
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: John Distilleries
Average price: € 52.00
Official website: pauljohnwhisky.com
Vote: 83/100

I return to the interesting portfolio of the Paul John Indian distillery, this time in a peated version.
Obviously peat is not exactly typical of their parts, and for this expression they used peat imported directly from Islay, with which the local barley has been smoked.
Formally, the peat is of medium strength, 25 ppm, but as you know this is a value that doesn’t mean much in itself, what counts is what you find (and feel) in the glass.

The name chosen evokes an idea of courage, boldness, impudence: is this really the case?

Gold in the glass.
Gentle peat on the nose, a smoky profile of toasted dried fruit (hazelnuts) which emphasises the purely sweet aromas of pineapple, peach, melon, caramel and a drop of honey. Over time, the smoke becomes slightly more acrid, like burnt plastic, compensating for the sugary tones which become more balanced.
An explosion of fruit in the mouth, immediately followed by a smoky blanket that spreads across the palate like an oily tint. A slight peppery note underpins the aromas, which are repeated as on the nose, following the score, with the addition of toasted cereal and a bitter woody tone in the background.
The finish is not very long, ashy, fruity and oily.

A consistent whisky from start to finish, offering what it promises, a perfect peat to approach the genre without getting burnt and also suitable for those who already love it so as not to get their senses asphalted. Honest, simple, pleasant.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Paul John Brilliance
Paul John Classic Select Cask
Paul John Edited
Paul John Peated Select Cask

Other perspectives:
The Whiskey Jug

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