Paul John Classic Select Cask Single Malt
Paul John // Goa, India
It’s a bold move to introduce a new whisky distillery, from a non-traditional whisky nation, with a cask strength offering. Paul John distillery though, is clearly aiming its marketing efforts at the high end – whisky aficionados who will appreciate the unique pleasures of high-power bottlings. Following in the footsteps of Amrut distillery, Paul John is relying more on word of mouth than advertising to get the message out. So far it’s working well and this relatively new distillery, from Goa, India, is making great strides among whisky cognoscenti. Classic Select Cask is unpeated and non-chillfiltered.
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.
"An odd sweetness seems almost like vanilla cake-icing, the Portuguese influence emerges in barbecue spices mixed with Asian five-spices. This is a strong whisky and a close whiff tickles the nose. Classic grassiness and dried dusty grain yield to an almost chalky mouthfeel that quickly disappears into slipperiness. Hints of cigar box – a mix of tobacco and cedar – tell us there’s some age here, and lead us to hope a longer-aged version will be released to bring what is a fairly simple whisky to the complexity its flavor profile predicts. "