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Paul John Peated Single Malt Whisky

Paul John Peated Single Malt Whisky


Goa, India, has long been a sea-side destination for Western tourists and trust-fund youth in search of themselves. Unlike British India, Goa remained a Portuguese outpost until it was annexed by India in 1961. Visitors will find more piri-piri dishes than curry here and this Goan fondness for spices shines through in the Scotch-style single malts of Paul John distillery. This new distillery is clearly focused on the long term. Despite a climate that favors rapid aging, Paul John did not begin showing its whiskies to the world until they were well rounded and balanced. Like all Paul John whiskies, this one is non-chillfiltered.

Paul John is the second Indian distillery to bring Scotch-style single malts to the west and as the name of this whisky suggests, they have done so with “brilliance.” Goa, where the whisky is distilled and matured is a former Portuguese enclave on India’s west coast. The distillery is located about 350 miles from the better-known Amrut distillery in Bangalore. Whisky matures rapidly in the subtropical heat, yet Paul John’s whiskies show youth and grassy freshness. Paul John Brilliance is non-chill-filtered and unpeated.

Peated whisky from the Paul John range of single malts produced in Goa. This particular expression was matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being bottled at cask strength (a pleasing 55.5% ABV) without chill filtration. A prime example of the gorgeous whisky distilleries in India are producing.

A peated bottling from Goa’s John Distilleries under their Paul John brand. Produced using peat imported from Scotland (there isn’t any in India), it was bottled in 2013 at cask strength. The brand first arrived in the UK in 2012 and continues to go from strength to strength.


Walnut, barley sugar sweets and classic earthy peat notes. A touch of salt.


More BBQ smoke, more sugar, more slightly damp earthy notes. Hints of tropical fruit and spice.


Bitter orange peels on the finish.


Catches a good balance of “sweet” and “peat” loved by many.

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