An Expression for Everyone
Hello everyone. I hope all of you have enjoyed the past several days since our last visit. This time we go back to the Paul John Distillery and explore their flagship line of whiskies. In case you missed the visit to the Paul John Distillery, you can read about it here…
I must preface this post by say that just before I left for India, Ajay Bhoja, US Head for Paul John Distillery, sent me a complimentary bottle of Paul John Edited. Additionally, Michael D’Souza, Master Distiller at the Paul John Distillery, gave me complementary bottles of Paul John Bold and Paul John Brilliance after our whisky tasting session. A huge thanks goes out to both Ajay and Michael for providing me with those bottles to taste at my leisure and share with my friends.
The three flagship whiskies from the Paul John Distillery are Briliance, Edited, and Bold. These are simple names that very easily describe the whiskies. Now these whiskies have tons of awards. There are too many to mention here. If you are interested in exploring the awards, please look here.
The Edited is the most awarded expression in the flagship lineup. It is basically the best of the peated and unpeated whiskies of Paul John. It’s well balanced and very easy to drink. There is a touch of peat in this expression. There is also a hint of sweetness as well. It’s a great dram for those interested in exploring the peat side of whisky.
The Brilliance is a whisky that is very bright and elegant in its expression. It is developed without the use of peat. On tasting a dram of this, it is easy to understand why it’s called Brilliance. It is easily likened to a Highland Scotch Whisky- very fruity, light, and easy to drink.
The Bold expression is just as the name suggests- it is bold on the palate. It is a true peat monster. The Paul John distillery sources its peat from Aberdeen and Islay in Scotland. This allows for a very complex peat experience in a whisky. The distillery also has two warehouses- one above ground and one below ground. The one above ground has more exposure to the Goan coastal environment. This gives a touch of brine to the Bold expression. And this gives an additional complexity to the whisky. And this makes for an amazing whisky experience.
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Paul John Distillery
What I love about the 3 flagships is there is something for everyone from one distiller. You have the Brilliance for those that prefer a lighter and more elegant whisky. You have Bold for those that love peat and the smokiness of heavier whiskies. And you have Edited that gives you a little of both.
So, while I was at the distillery, Michael D’Souza, the Master Distiller, gave me a taste of one of the special run, ‘Special Cask’, expressions. These are limited run expressions that come out maybe once a year in very limited quantities. Being a young distillery, they are doing a great job of carving their own niche. There are many other projects for expressions that may be in the works, but we’ll have to wait to see those. In regards to newer expressions in the future, Michael says, ‘Right now, we don’t have any stories… Hopefully, we’ll have some stories in the future.’
With this I’ll close these pages from the Notebook. I hope you enjoyed this. Until next time, enjoy your whisky responsibly.