Paul John Brilliance

Tonights tasting is taking me on a trip around the world to India, I have the pleasure of trying 3 offerings from Paul John. Tonight is no1 tasting and is the Paul John Brilliance.

Paul John Single Malts are the master creations of John Distilleries Ltd (JDL). Established in 1992, the company is driven by the vision of its Chairman,
Mr Paul P. John. His passion for creating liquor brands of international repute led him to persevere, innovate and break the mould.
JDL has a diverse portfolio, including its flagship brand Original Choice Whisky, which sells over 10 million cases a year. The company also has many a reputed brand of Brandy (Mônt Castlé, Roulette), Whisky (Original Choice, Black Pelican) and Wine (Big Banyan, Goana’s). Each brand has won much appreciation. The endeavour to provide the best quality is evident in every product. Today, JDL has joined the ranks of India’s leading spirits companies. image

This Paul John Brilliance  is bottled at the popular strength of 46% abv.. And is matured in ex bourbon casks with natural colour and no chill filtration..

Nose.. The first impression is of sweetness, toffee and caramel with lots of natural vanilla type tannings, apple pie with cinnamon and burnt sugar, a delicate coffee note arrives from nowhere, lots of gentle spices with hints of tropical fruits, a subtle floral note can be found way, way in the background.

Palate.. The sweetness carries on with lots of toffee like notes, vanilla and burnt caramel, a little citrus note along with dark chocolate and honeycomb. A little spicy tingle pops up in the form of cinnamon and ginger along with a little earthy note possibly manuka honey, a hint of ripe pear and banana ..

Finish.. A lovely long spicy finish with a pleasant drying texture..

Thoughts..  We always think single malt whisky has to come from Scotland to be any good, well this is another malt to help dismiss those beliefs. I have not had the pleasure of many Indian single malts but the ones I have had have all been exceptional, this one is no exception..  A very easy to drink malt with some lovely complex flavours.  As with any whisky made in hotter climates there is a higher evaporation, those angels are so greedy.. Don’t be shy, get yourself out there and try  a dram or two of this for yourself..





3 Comments Add yours

  1. William says:

    This core range from Paul John is very good value and great whisky, even though it’s young it is great and shows what maturing in hotter climates can be like.


  2. sorrenkrebs says:

    Totally right rumtastic, although the Angels have been known to take up to 12%.. They must like the warm weather, my next two offerings are “Bold” and “Peated” these will be published over the next couple of days..


  3. rumtastic says:

    I’ve had both this one and the Edited (which I presume you’ll be doing next, and in my view just nips the Brilliance). Very impressed with both offerings, especially given the price point and the fact that all bottlings are at 46% and non-chill filtered. There is definitely some similarities to Amrut in their bottlings; maybe it’s the Indian terroir for you with their rapid ageing! I can see good things ahead for John Distilleries if they keep up the quality as their offerings increase. Incidentally, Angel’s Share in Goa is about 8% per year, as opposed to 2-3% per year in Scotland, it’s “maturing” for 3 to 4 times quicker out there.


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