Paul John

Paul John Bold ~ 46% (John Distilleries)

Review: Paul John Bold

Category: Indian peated single malt whisky

Origin: John Distilleries PVT. LTD

Bottling: Official

ABV: 46% ABV

Cost: £45



What they say:

Craft and skilfully chosen indigenous ingredients create the magic that is Paul John Single Malts.

From the the verdant foothills of the Himalayas comes our six-row barley. It is harvested in summers to obtain that perfect maturity. We then double distill our Single Malts in traditionally designed copper pot stills. Due to maximum contact with the copper, the new-make spirit acquires a distinct, rich, full-bodied flavour. The exceptionally selective small ‘cut’ gives characterful taste to the clear new-make spirit, collected from the copper stills at an average strength of 63.5% alcohol by volume. The new-make spirit is then filled in carefully selected American white oak barrels for maturation. During the maturation, the whisky continues to develop and the interaction with the oak delivers diverse natural colours ranging from sparkling copper, rich vibrant amber to dark mahogany. It also imparts distinct flavours such as spices, marmalade, chocolate, coconut, dry fruit, vanilla and honey. The warm temperatures of coastal Goa are ideal for helping our whiskies mature faster. More so than those produced in colder regions.

Every step of the process, from germination to malting and peating, goes to enhance the distinct smokiness of our whiskies, while the non-chill filtering helps retain their original colour and taste.

Here’s our suggestion on how you can savour our Single Malt. Pour yourself a peg. Allow it to breathe for at least ten minutes.
And take a small sip of the soul of India.


What I say:

Tasted during the #PaulJohnWhisky tweet tasting hosted by Steve @TheWhiskyWire


Rich and refractive golden orange (12/20), small, slow droplets leave ultra-fine legs


Richly sweet and sugary, slightly fruity with Cointreau oranges or orange liqueur, lemon and lime sweetened citrus, slightly spiced too, something rich and almost bourbon like, massive vanilla essence and condensed milk, cardamom, touch of tobacco leaf and cigar boxes, sandalwood, fragrant and floral blooms, slightly exotic flowers/florists, ripe banana


Sweet and sour, lemon and lime cheesecake, much lighter in body than anticipated from the nose, rich peaty more ashen but slightly earthy too, bonfire embers, liquorice and aniseed balls, ginger, cinnamon, pimiento peppers, creamy vanilla and chocolate latte coffee with plenty of brown sugar


Medium-long, earthy peat, sweet honey and grapefruit pith, some spices and coffee notes linger


A very nice expression from Paul John Indian single malt whisky. For us this peated Bold expression didn’t seem to be as peat-centric as Edited, in fact the peat seemed subtle and really took a back seat in the nose which was full of sugary and exotic fruits. The peat came to the fore on the palate where it was almost perfectly balanced with a honey sweetness. We found this one to be very approachable and friendly (not harsh and challenging) and Bold in its confident presentation.

Score: 84/100

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