Paul John - Indian Single Malt Whisky

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This month we are proud to feature Paul John Whisky. It's a delightful malt that has been lovingly imported from Goa, India. Paul John Whisky made a big splash over at Whisky Live 2015 in Melbourne  we have been lucky enough to source five of their excellent single malts. The two Select Casks (Classic & Peated) were unavailable in Australia for a very long time due to its popularity.

From Goa with Love

The whisky is produced by John Distilleries of Bangalore at its single malt distillery in Goa. The distillery uses copper pot stills with a daily capacity of 3,000 litres and the whisky is matured in bourbon barrels. The company began manufacturing premium single malt whisky in 2008. Master distiller Michael John (no relation to founder Paul John) used Indian ingredients to create a wash with 5% alcohol by volume (ABV). The final product is 57% ABV.

Due to the hot climate, whisky ages quickly in India. Evaporation takes about 10–12% of the product each year, compared to 2% in Scotland. Master Distiller Michael John explains; "Whisky matured at these temperatures simply cannot be aged for the kind of time expected with Scotch, even trying to mature our whisky for just 10 years would leave barely a bottle of liquid in the barrel. Fortunately, the heat actually speeds up the maturation process considerably. As a result, whisky that has been matured for just 4-5 years – as is the case with Paul John Edited and Brilliance – is equivalent to a Scotch that has been aged for around 15 years".

The first bottling of Paul John whisky, branded "Paul John Single Cask 161 Whisky", was officially launched on 4 October 2012 at the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, England, by Sanjay Paul, Executive Vice President - Marketing (John Distilleries). It is a non-peated whisky single cask whisky, made from Indian malted barley distilled in copper pot stills and aged in Bourbon casks. It is sold exclusively in the United Kingdom. Well known whisky connoisseur Jim Murray gave it 94.5 points and the "Liquid Gold" award in his Whisky Bible. The brand's second release, also in 2012, was "Paul John Single Cask 163 Whisky". Paul John released two single whiskies in May 2013.

Single malts

Paul John has three single malt variants - Paul John Single Malt Whisky Brilliance and Paul John Single Malt Whisky Edited and Paul John Single Malt Whisky Bold. The barley used in its whisky is grown in North India, and peat used in some variants is imported from Scotland.

Brilliance is made from un-peated Indian malted barley, aged in ex-bourbon American oak casks. It has a pale rose gold color.

Edited uses about 15%-20% peated spirit in the vatting. It has a warm rose gold color. Some of the grain is malted using peat imported from Scotland. Edited is matured in American ex-bourbon oak casks.

Bold uses Peat that has been brought over to Goa from Islay. The Islay peat is then used to dry their 6-row Indian barley to provide the unique Indian/Scotch fusion taste. 

Brilliance and Edited received 94.5 and 96.5 points, respectively, in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.


Official Tasting notes:




Edited is for the extraordinary and is a finely crafted Single Malt. The hint of peat has been skilfully created using carefuly chosen cask profiles. A delight the true whisky connoisseur.

Nose: Honey and cocoa are laced with a hint of smokiness and a shot of espresso. A deeper whiff reveals fruity fragrances.

Palate: The grassy flavours of barley show up first, but gently make way for subtle peat notes. They slowly dissolve and pave the way for a rush of mint and mocha.

Finish: The finish is long and drawn out. You can sense a hint of spice and chocolate mint as it ends on gentle peat notes.

Colour: Amber gold.



Goan brilliance has been bottled up into this tastey Single Malt. Its light colours are reminiscent of a sunset along tropical beaches. Adding to the mistique, the six-row barley for this whisky comes from the foothills of the Himalayas. Brilliance has been matured in bourbon casks, to give you absolute sensory delight.

Nose: The Demerara sugars give off a whiff of sweet fragrances, with a hint of cinnamon, dash of honey and faint spices.

Palate: Sweet and spice and all things nice, make this Single Malt. The honey-like smoothness is offset by the crunchy-bar-like crispness. Somewhere, there is also a tinge of cocoa.

Finish: Brilliance has a smooth and beautifully relaxed finish, with a hint of mild spices and deep intense vanilla.

Colour: Sparkling copper.



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Enjoy Paul John Whisky this month!