Paul John 2011 Cadenhead


I’ve done quite a few reviews of Indian whisky before but they’ve all been from Amrut. There’s another Indian distillery that’s quite widely available called Paul John from Goa. I’ve tried some of their whiskies before but this is the first time I’ve been able to do so with notes. I’ve had this sample around for I don’t even no how long, trying to put a dent in my backlog.

Aged 5 years. 57.4% ABV. Matured in bourbon hogsheads. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength.

Nose: Slight acetone. Show polish. Orange peel. Peaches. Oak chips. Naphthalene. Vanilla essence. A slightly floral note develops but is hard to distinguish.

Palate: Citrus and wood oils. Lavender. Cinnamon pancakes. Milk caramel candies. Juicy stone fruits. Malted milk.

Finish: Malted milk. Milk chocolate. Stone fruits. Vanilla. Wood oils. Cinnamon.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 2/5

Not a bad one. I found some weird milky, malty notes I was unfamiliar with which were quite pleasant. While, due to the hotter climate, this felt more than a 5 year old Scotch whisky it did still have a few too many rough edges to it which might have come out with a little more cask time.


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