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
We end our tour of Goa whiskies with a fully peated version of the Indian spirit, unlike the Bold where the peat was only a gentle presence.
As there is no indigenous peat, it’s obviously imported from Scotland, part from Islay and part from Aberdeen.
It’s produced in limited quantities (hence the name), cask strength and, as always, with no stated age.
Light amber in the glass.
As expected, it’s the peat that makes itself felt immediately on the nose, suspended between meat and sea, like seaweed rolls and ribs placed on the barbecue. Mineral and earthy, with generous injections of caramel, pineapple, dried apricots, nutmeg, cardamom and paprika, it is deep and warm with a rich roundness.
Generous also on the palate, it rediscovers the spicy style of the nose with the contribution of pancakes, liquorice, milk chocolate and obviously peat, here more ashy and mineral with a strong salty component. Citrus and dried fruit complete the whole, with the alcohol content acting as a glue without excelling. There is a bitterish and metallic note in the background.
Long finish of ash and spices, liquorice, salt and dried fruit.
A rich, three-dimensional whisky that reinterprets the peaty tones of Islay in a personal and fun version, subverting expectations in a way that is sometimes disconcerting. Perhaps a little unbalanced, but the substance is there and you can feel it.