Paul John Brilliance Single Malt
Paul John // Goa, India
Paul John is the second Indian distillery to bring Scotch-style single malts to the west and as the name of this whisky suggests, they have done so with "brilliance." Goa, where the whisky is distilled and matured is a former Portuguese enclave on India’s west coast. The distillery is located about 350 miles from the better-known Amrut distillery in Bangalore. Whisky matures rapidly in the subtropical heat, yet Paul John’s whiskies show youth and grassy freshness. Paul John Brilliance is non-chill-filtered and unpeated.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"Grassy, newly harvested barley and a soft maltiness tell of youth while a rush of carnival red-candied apple brings briskness to a juicy mouthfeel. There are plenty of aromas and flavors here: fermenting mash, green grass, blistering spice with an underlying earthiness, and hints of gunpowder generally reserved for long-aged sherry malts. The juiciness of the palate becomes almost licorice like, but without the licorice flavors. It finishes on kumquats – vaguely sweet and refreshingly bitter. The whisky broadens and deepens if left in the glass for a few minutes. "