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Paul John Edited Single Malt Indian Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 46%
Located in the tourist region of Goa, John Distilleries have been producing huge volumes of blended whisky since 1992. Original Choice, one of their top brands, sells over one million cases a month. The Distillery entered the single malt scene in 2008 as a ‘pet project’ that like Amrut before it, has quickly gained world wide attention. Distiller Michael John employs local ingredients, although, a peated release sources peated malt Scotland. The maturation periods in India are reminiscent of those in many Australian distilleries. After only three years, a hogshead has 150 bottles left in it (compared to around 350 in a Scottish equivalent). Not surprising given that the average temperature in Goa is around 31 degrees celsius.Paul John ‘Brilliance’ is the first in the range. An un-peated malt bottled at 46% ABV and matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks. The second is ‘Edited’ with about 20% of the malt being peated Scottish, bottled at 46%abv and again matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks. Both are non chill-filtered. Jim Murray has enthused over several releases to date. Tasting note: Polished copper. Rock candy, brittle malt with later hints of peppermint contributing freshness. Later toffee apple? Supple and well rounded in the mouth; nicely balanced with an almost fleshy texture with flavours of dried fruits and plush malt underscored by gentle spices. Good length. 46% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Edited is the medium peated version of Paul John, and will be followed later in the year with a big peated one. This will do for now, though. The whisky is once more intense and fruity but this time it plays off against a more herbal green apple note, smoke from the hearth, and a touch of spice. There’s also cinnamon—which is fast becoming a house style. Encouraging stuff. 86 points - www.maltadvocate.com (Fall 2013) Reviewed by: Dominic Roskrow