Paul John seems to have gone from strength to strength with its special editions and they’ve come out with two new ones that are a bit more heavily Sherried than their normal stuff, which I was really excited about!
Not sure how widely distributed these are going to be or if they are limited but they came out here in the UK a few weeks ago.
Anyway, let’s see how they taste…
Paul John Oloroso Select 48%
Nose: Full of rich Sherry and spicy oak, loads of complex orange, orange blossom, orange marmalade, black pepper, fresh ginger.
Taste: Immediately drying with more sweet elements developing. Loads of orange, spicy with black pepper and grapefruit, ginger, orange marmalade,
Finish: Medium/Long length. Lovely, darker and more malty, slightly burnt chocolate.
4 year finish. I really like this. You have to enjoy spicy whisky but it works really well. Impressive and fun.
Paul John PX Select 48%
Nose: Sweeter than the Oloroso but more Paul John character too, thick raisin and prune, figs, but also some corn (which I often get from PJ), resinous and oily, something herbal coming out, maybe basil or coriander. Black coffee too. Butter.
Taste: Thick and sweet, stewed raisin and prune, fig, lots of sweet Sherry, then goes into more spicy and dry woodiness, little herbal, basil?
Finish: Medium/Long length. Black pepper and ginger spice, late orange.
Very rich Sherry bomb but with something different. If you like your sweet Sherry character, you’ll love this. I prefer this to the Oloroso but only by a little. Think this one was also a touch more expensive.
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