Paul John Nirvana (40.0%): Here is the newest addition to Paul John's portfolio... It is their new entry-level single malt whisky with an incredibly low price tag intending to carve out a permanent space for itself in the cocktail scene. Like all their other expressions in the distillery's line-up, it is distilled from six-row barley grown in the north part of the country in the Himalayas. Nirvana uses unpeated malt only, is matured in ex-bourbon barrels, and bottled at 40%. Many thanks to Sazerac Company and Koray Kaan Özdemir a.k.a. Whisky Monster for providing us this sample bottle for the review.
John Distillery - the brains behind Paul John whisky - has been running since 1992 and is currently the third largest whisky brand in India. However, much of this output is comprised of molasses style Indian whisky; very little of which is either seen or consumed outside its home country. However, recognising the growth in the premium spirits market, the distillery moved into producing single malts in 2006. The Paul John whisky range is named after the distillery's chairman and has taken the world by storm, with a bespoke collection of high quality whiskies.
The nose: Sweet, cookies, butterscotch, vanilla pudding The taste: Sweet, cookies, malt, herbs, grain The finish: Medium.
A surprisingly mature whisky with a good price / quality ratio. It is the first whisky of Paul John I've tasted and I must say I am pleasantly surprised.
The moment I put the glass to my nose I was immediately reminded me of scotch, and the first sip reminded me of Japanese whisky. After my second sip, I realized that Edited Single Malt has its own style and that style is impressive and of India.
A new Indian classic: a sublime malt from the subcontinent. To be more precise: a world classic! Think of Ardmore at its most alluring
When it comes to whiskey, major spirit categories are often separated into American (including bourbon), Canadian, Irish, Scotch, and then simply “World” whiskies.
In fact, Mr Paul P. John - we salute you. I reckon for this price you should get yourself a bottle. It's good fun. Its youth shows, but it comes out fighting. This is a young Sachin Tendulkar scrapping away on a dusty wicket.
On the nose you get fresh citrus notes, spices like pepper, hints of maple syrup and finally ash. On the palate the peatiness tastes a bit like a blend of laphroaig and bowmore
As with many Indian whiskeys, you do not notice Paul John Bold's supposed youth. I also liked the smoke and its intensity very much and meet my current taste quite well. John Distilleries definitely show with the Paul John Bold why they are one of the Indian distilleries who rightfully claim their place in the whiskey world.
To round off a great performance, the Paul John Bold gives a lengthy encore full of peatiness, spiciness and sweetness.
Intriguing profile - something I never had before. Unconventional combination of herbal, cream, nuts and peat worked like a charm here and it is immensely enjoyable!
Paul John Single Malt Classic (Un Peated) an essay in complexity: softly sizzling lightly salted bacon mingles easily with tannins.
Masters of hot-tempered climate whisky work at an accelerated pace. A whisky that is not ready one day might rapidly evolve in only a few days due to the hot climate.
Paul John Select Cask Peated a sexy, sultry, sympathetic exhibition of smoke on varying levels…though all of them soft
Warth, brown sugar, soda, peated, iodine. Warmed caramel. Sweet brown sugar. Some acidity in the back. Beautiful nose, not too complex, but perfect. Dark chocolate
Something sweet to start December on; the Paul John Pedro Ximénez Select Cask single malt whisky. Sherry reminds me of December and my Dutch grandmother. During the festive season, she enjoyed a late afternoon sherry on the patio. They were usually quite sweet, and in my mind, the smell of sherry became associated with Gauteng summer evenings, purple Hydrangeas, bright red Poinsettias and long chats.
Paul John PX Select Cask is one of the new expressions from Paul John Distillery that is placed next to Paul John Oloroso Select Cask. Both whiskies are now additions to Paul John's Select Cask range which is composed of Classic Select Cask and Peated Select Cask.
It is amazing to see how well the sherry red fruits has been built into the malt. It gives an extra dimension, smooths the edges of the spirit with an elegant touch. The spice brings intensity but the heat is nicely tamed. Nice flavours, composed with great complexity. Remarkable dram!
A beautiful mix of black pepper, cream cheese, white pepper, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, red apples and fried banana in a sweet batter and a good dose of powdered sugar on top… The finish is medium to long in length with creamy notes, warm oranges, chocolate and fudge pieces. A complex dram and one that is beautiful balanced and filled with warming notes. Love it!
India's Paul John stepped up a notch again with a stellar single malt in 2021, Mithuna. I received two sample bottles (50ml) earlier this year, and I need to tell you that I enjoyed them. This is an unpeated, not-chill-filtered single whisky. It is matured in virgin American oak (the way folks following the Scotch model say “new”) and finished in ex-bourbon casks, before bottling at 58% ABV (116 proof)
We first heard about Paul John Mithuna in September 2020, when it was announced as the World's 3rd Finest Whisky in 2021. Lucky for Paul John, this whisky was the only whisky that wasn't released as of the day. The winner Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye and Stagg Jr were already well gone and sold out. It took a few months, but we are finally about to see Mithuna on the shelves in a few weeks.
Der extra für das Weihnachtsfest selektierte Whisky reifte dabei in ehemaligen Bourbon-Fässern und wurde anschließend in Oloroso Sherry-Fässern gefinished. Neben der leichten Rauchigkeit entfalten sich wundervolle, üppige Noten von Pflaumen, getrockneten Datteln und Nüssen. Ein Single Malt Whisky der mit seiner Aromenvielfalt perfekt auf das Weihnachtsfest abgestimmt ist.
Paul John's Festive New Single Malt Actually Tastes Like Christmas Can a whiskey taste like Christmas? What would that mean, anyway—pine needles, peppermint, rei...
Even though the the winter holiday season has now passed us by, the Indian whisky maker Paul John Whisky's recent release of its single malt Christmas Edition 2022 is still something one can enjoy any time of year. This is the fifth addition to their annual limited Christmas Editions.
During this last year or two, this whisky brand from India has taken SA by storm. From being an unknown, to being stocked in all the good liquor stores, the Paul John whisky is the one people want to try.
I wanted to start off 2021 tasting a different spirit than whisky. Paul John XO Indian Grape Brandy was with me for a while and, to be honest, I have already killed a bottle during holidays. That is actually the reason that made me share this as the first post of 2021.
The distillery is a wonderful attraction for whisky lovers, as it provides a distinctly Scottish experience in India. It's the only distillery in India that offers a tour and tasting of this kind. It also makes a nice excursion if you're staying in South Goa.
If you need any more reason to visit beautiful Goa, aside from the amazing beaches, wonderful sunsets, fantastic winter climate and mouth watering food this place is it. Be a pilgrim, make the pilgrimage. You will not regret or forget it.
Paul John, along with Amrut whisky has contributed a lot to building India's reputation as a country that makes quality whisky. I recently had the opportunity for a behind the scenes visit to the distillery before their visitor centre opens in the next month or two.
The Paul John single malt distillery, however, was built in 2008 in Goa, with the first single malt release reaching the UK in 2012. While the company had been making blended whisky for years, the premium move into single malts brought the distillery onto the global whisky stage.