While they come from a place relatively unknown in the world of whisky, Paul John have produced an array of award-winning whiskeys in the warm climes of Goa, India. Given the temperature of the sub-continent, as well as its access to premium water and Himalayan grain, it’s not surprising that they could craft such incredible whisky. For their efforts since launching in 2012, they have this year received such honours as the position of World Whisky Amabassador for their CEO and Gold medals at the World Whiskies Competition 2017. From Paul John’s phenomenal range, we have hand-picked our following four favourites.
Paul John Indian Single Malt Bold
Peated and full of the profoundly spicy flavour of India, each sip brings a new wave of flavour crashing onto your palate. Its nose enters with the slightest whiff of smoke, right before a rich array of Manuka honey, prickly spice and bourbonesque red liquorice takes over. Following this nose, the palate Paul John presents is sublimely silky and studded with oak-like honey. As soon as you think you’ve savoured it all, you are surprised by a hefty second wave of spice. This is followed by a cloudy, smoky feel rich with hints of dry molasses and peaty soot. Finally, this Bold features a beautiful finish, where a tinge of copper shines before India’s intricate spices show through with a gorgeous smoked mocha. For a truly singular single malt, secure a bottle of Paul John Indian Single Malt Bold.
Paul John Indian Malt Brilliance Whisky
Matured in bourbon casks to add subtle sweetness to its savoury spice, Paul John’s Indian Malt Brilliance Whisky will leave a big impression on you. Beginning with a nose of sweet Demerara sugar and cinnamon, these initial aromas are underscored by a hint of honey and faint spices. The palate put forward is a peculiar balance of honeyed smoothness and crunchy-bar-like crispiness, with just a pinch of cocoa. Brilliance boasts a beautifully relaxed finish featuring hints of mild spice and deep, intense vanilla. If you want the perfect pair for grilled Indian meat dishes, pick up a bottle of Paul John Indian Malt Brilliance Whisky.
Paul John Indian Malt Edited Whisky
Crafted from a number of discreetly chosen cask profiles, Paul John’s Edited whisky is a well-crafted blend balancing fruit, peat, mint and spice. The initial nose of honey and cocoa is laced with a hint of smokiness and a shot of espresso, while a deeper whiff reveals exotic fruity fragrances. In the palate, grassy flavours of barley show up first, but gently make way for subtle peat notes. These slowly dissolve and pave the way for a rush of mint and mocha. The finish is long and drawn out, and all the while you can sense a hint of chocolate, spice and mint as it ends on gentle peat notes. If you want a whisky which pairs perfectly with lamb curry or dark chocolate, choose Paul John Indian Malt Edited Whisky for your collection.
Paul John Indian Select Cask Classic
This magnificent whisky is matured in selectively chosen cask profiles and bottled at cask strength without chill filtration. The initial nose offers fruity, malty aromas intertwined with honey, while a hint of bourbon teases your senses. Flavours of malted barley guide you into a vey good palate, while a heady mix of bourbon and manuka honey-liquorice makes for an attractive spine. And while you relish this experience, the unexpected flavour of toasted honeycomb takes you by surprise. Just after this, juicy Demerara tones ensure a soft, friendly finish. If you’re after a whisky awash with all the flavour and fullness of Goa, go for this Paul John Indian Select Cask Classic.