Two from Paul John today, the first, very average and the second, very special.
I have to admit, I don’t know too much about the distillery itself and I haven’t tried enough from these guys and Amrut so I’ll try and make an effort to try more.
Paul John Brilliance 46%
Colour: Light Bronze
Nose: A malty one. Pastry, malt, cardamom, turmeric, toasted oak, toasted brown bread. It has the unfortunate combo of being both young and spirity but also overly woody. New oak planks, alcohol.
Taste: Soft arrival but quite spicy, spirit, oak planks, cardamom, clove, coriander, then malt, a little pastry, then more spices into the finish.
Finish: Medium length. More sweet with a caramel/toffee thing.
Batch 01 2014, bottle directly from India.
Paul John Unpeated Single Cask 2868 59.4%
Colour: Dark Gold
Nose: Corn! Very American in style but with more complexity than most Bourbon's can pull off. Corn on the cob complete with melting butter, very dry oak, complex spice and dried flowers, soft lavender, woody.
Taste: Rich and intense, buttery, then more dry oak before being more creamy, nice complexity again, coriander and cumin spice, honey and chocolate powder.
Finish: Long length. Buttery with firm oak, some spice stays.
A single cask for Germany. Softer with water but not as good. I like the power and mouthfeel at full strength. Many thanks to my main man Shilton for recommending and pouring this one.
Distillery: Paul John
Average Score: 72.5
Distillery Rankings: 43rd/ 66 places
Up/Down: 53>43 (Up 10)
Thanks for reading!
Indian Reviews #5-#6
Whisky Network Review #771-#772
Network Average: 74.9
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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