PAUL JOHN BOLD ~ INDIA
88/100 DISTILLER SCORE
The malt is Indian barley peated to 25 ppm with Islay peat, double-distilled in a set of Indian-made copper pot stills that were designed to emulate the traditional Scottish method. Primarily ex-bourbon, the barrels age in an underground climate-controlled warehouse. The hot tropical climate of Goa accelerates barrel breathing, and the angel's share (loss of whisky due to evaporation) is about 10-12% per year (compared with 2-3% in Scotland). Similar to Kentucky, the ABV rises with time, so that the whisky which was put in the barrel at 55% ABV emerges at 57% or higher. Hence, the making process is accelerated, as compared to other, cooler regions. Bottled at 46% ABV, this whisky is non-chill filtered and contains no added coloring.
Nose - Sea salt, dry grass, citrus wood, and tart apple
Palate - Fresh-ground coffee, peat, honey-granola, citrus zest
Finish - Medium length with spice, peat, and oak
John Distilleries was founded by Paul John in 1992, when they began producing a number of spirits, including Indian molasses ‘whisky’. One of their most well-known products, Original Choice, continues to be extremely popular to this day, selling 10 million cases annually.
Their splendid selection includes both unpeated and peated single malts, most of which are matured in ex-bourbon casks, though there have been a smattering of Sherry cask releases over the years.