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Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky review – Single Cask P1 164

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WhiskyRant! review of Paul John Indian Single Cask P1 164

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.

Colour: Dark amber
Nose: 23  |  Taste: 23  |  Finish: 20  |  Balance: 22
Overall score: 88 points
Distillery: John Distilleries
Region: Goa, India
ABV: 57%

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…” 

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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