Single Cask P1 164, a cask strength dram from Paul John Whisky from Goa, India. Matured in ex-bourbon casks. This third single cask release from John Distilleries got a Silver medal from the International Spirits Challenge 2013.
It is not a Slumdog Millionaire, more like a Bollywood film. Groomed and in balance, with spicy explosions, yet otherwise a smooth palate. Very smooth, when thinking about the alcohol per volume level. Like a crossover of Speyside and India.
In movie talk, this Paul John Whisky is like a co-production between Bollywood and Western type of filming. Like the Bollywood/Hollywood movie, which brings together two different types of storytelling.
Nose: Traces of honey fading away quickly, leaving space for the creamy toffee. Fruits, licorice and wee floral notes.
Taste: Barley with lots of spices and some dryness. With time on the glass, licorice, vanilla and sweet fruits come to the palate. Oil and caramel attached.
Finish: Rather quick and light. Spicy and fruity sweet.
Balance: Sophisticated and surprisingly smooth when looking at the ABV level. Well balanced.
Non-chill filtered, no added colour
Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible gave the Paul John Single Cask P1 164 a stunning score of 96! Here’s his quote:
“A typical Indian beast of a malt having matured way beyond its years. But, coming from coconut-strewn Goa, one with a hint of paradise…”