Paul John Bold Peated Single Malt Indian Whisky (700ml)
Tasting note: Bold, but not as overtly peaty as the name might suggest. Gentle puffs of smoke come between the honey-soaked barley, giving a Highland Park-esque feel to the nose. Full, vaguely fruity, superbly weighted, effervescent malt - the phenols glaze over the barley rather than smother it. No shortage of flavour. At the finish, an earthy, farmyard-like character is accented, the peat taking on a lanolin-like aspect through the final stages. 46% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
Other reviews... the smoke tries to rule the roost but is not allowed to....melt in the mouth malt: a silky delivery- what else do expect from India? - is shaped again by oak-studded honey... one of the most weighty and chewable Indian whiskies of all time - yet it is not just about peat. So many elements to this, you expect a bottle to weigh the equivalent of a block of lead. This truly great whisky, so complex and absorbing, needs a good 20 minutes of your time to adequately explore.
95.5 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2016