Blog Water of Life - Paul John

Water of Life - Paul John

Posted Oct. 1, 2019, 9:24 p.m. by T

Water of Life - Paul John

 

Chalk it up to the not exactly exuberant or eye-catching presentation of the bottle or the fact that when it comes to Indian whiskies, I have so far been focussed on Amrut, but unfortunately Paul John is a distillery that has largely eluded me and what a mistake that was.

We have covered Amrut and their excellent peated expressions as part of our Water of Life series before, so expectations were running high when I learned that Paul John also has a range of peated emissions.

Bold is one of those formidable expressions and its wonderful aromas is informed by peat that has been imported from Goa straight from Islay, which explains the excellently smoky toasted barley nuances that blends in with green apple and brown sugars.

Honey-esque is what materializes on the roof on the mouth but does not overwhelmingly so but is punctuated by spicy notes, which the boldness of the Islay-an peat serves as the foundation.

The elongated finish left me smacking my lips as the peppery notes are embedded in a bed of peat that leaves one lusting for another dram.

Very good indeed and with its young character reminiscent of Bruichladdich’s Port Charlotte in terms of creaminess, an instant new favourite whose affordability is the cherry on top.

Shall we take things up a notch or two?

Aight, let’s shed light on Paul John’s Peated Select Cask: Clocking in at 55.5% ABV, i.e. cask strength, and matured in ex-bourbon casks,

Peated whisky from the Paul John range of single malts produced in Goa. This particular expression was matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being bottled at cask strength, the nostrils are tickled by an earthy peatiness and a very nice melange of spicy and sugary notes.

On the palate, it feels like the scene is to be set for a BBQ with waves of delectable smoke that are highlighted by tropical fruity notes.

The careful calibrated melange of sweet and peatiness of this darkly golden drop culminates in the complex finish that somehow manages to combine cinnamon, nuts and a delicious bitterness that prolongs its effect.

Another exquisite libation from the Paul John portfolio that leaves a memorable and lasting impression.

Change of gear?

anCnoc’s Peatheart expression got my heart rate up because of the name alone. Not that I can claim that I’ve had any other whiskies from the anCnoc’s range, but being very fond of everything peaty and smoky, expectations were high.

Using barley malted to 40 PPM, which is not bad but still a few leagues below where my favourite Islay whiskies sit, it is certainly on the lighter side of things, which is confirmed by what tickles the nostrils, i.e. citrussy notes, earthiness and oak that is pervades by wafts of tobacco.

On the palate, there is chocolatey barley and slightly burned meat notes that are married with cardamom, which transitions seamlessly into a fruity yet smoky finish.

A smoothly peated and light gateway whiskey that makes me want to explore what the rest of the anCnoc portfolio has to offer.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

In Vino Veritas – Ninth Island and Norfolk Rise

Posted by T
Nov. 12, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

In Vino Veritas – Ninth Island and Norfolk Rise   For this instalment of our vino centric series we are going to zero in on Tasmania again as the previous ... read more

Punk Reader book review

Posted by T
Nov. 10, 2019, 11 a.m.

Punk Reader - Research Transmissions from the Local and the Global The University of Chicago Press   It has been more than forty years since the inception of punk – ... read more

Conjurer + Earth Moves and Armed For Apocalypse

Posted by Cheryl
Nov. 10, 2019, 6:50 a.m.

Conjurer + Earth Moves and Armed For Apocalypse KIFF, Aarau, Switzerland Conjurer's rise has been one that seems particularly fast with the band making huge strides in only three years ... read more

Propaganda Art in the 21st Century book review

Posted by T
Nov. 9, 2019, 9:44 a.m.

Propaganda Art in the 21st Century MIT Press   Some people say that an accurate portrayal of what is actually happening behind the scenes is the best propaganda. Fair enough. ... read more

Haunted Bauhaus book review

Posted by T
Nov. 6, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

Haunted Bauhaus MIT Press   What is often perceived to be informed by irrationality, i.e. the movement from 1919-1933 known as Bauhaus, has never ceased to give impulses on all ... read more

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.