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The ongoing semi-peated whisky from Indian distiller Paul John. It combines their fruity unpeated single malt whisky with some 20-25ppm peated spirit to give a sweet and spicy whisky balanced by an underlying earthy smoke.Tasting Notes (1)
Paul John Edited
Chocolate mint evolves from the delicate peats which sit beautifully with the lesser oaky theme; a comfortable, yet always complex, nose with the smoke soft and relaxed and refusing to bully the juicier barley.
Grassy barley shows first, but then slowly gives way as those most gentle peat notes dissolve onto the palate and begins to build momentum and intensity. Again there is chocolate mint/mocha theme, as well as a sublime mollassed note which injects all the sweetness required.
Long, helped by to-die-for oils, some hints of spice and now some tannins plus the vanilla. But all is beautifully weighted, patient and poised; Oh, and did I mention the chocolate mint...?.
A new Indian classic: a sublime malt from the subcontinent. To be more precise: a world classic! Think of Ardmore at its most alluring: one of Scotland's finest and most complex single malts, yet somehow possessing a saltiness and depth more befitting Islay. Then stir in a small degree of Ulmo honey and bourbon-style hickory and liquorice. Plus subtle chocolate mint. And there you have it... the smoke drifting around stirring up spicy tales of the east. A world class whisky to be talked about with reverence without doubt... 46%.
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0/5 if I could. This might be the single worst whisky I've had the displeasure of tasting. It's like someone grabbed a bunch of leftover undesirable malts- some peated, some not - tossed them all into a vat blindly, and bottled the result. You can, and should, do better, even at this price point.
I was presented a bottle very recently by afriend who arrived from Goa. An excellent whisky with a good nose and a equally good taste and even outdoes some of the reputed NCF Scotch whiskies of similar strength. Paul John whiskies are not presently sold in Bengaluru but was assured by the local helpline that they should be marketed here probably from January 2015 onwards. I look forward to that.
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