Starting a blog post by telling a certain brand is not on my radar is nothing new. Actually, it’s starting to become a bit tedious. As it turns out, a lot of brands and/or distilleries are not on my radar. It seems I’m not really keeping track of many developments in the world of whisky.
I think that’s because whisky news, most times, is also becoming a bit tedious. A new distillery around every corner. A new release from every distillery with some weird name that suggestively tells you what to taste. You know the drill.
I feel that, for my personal view on whisky, I’m veering back to the more established flavor profiles and styles. Not necessarily older brands, but older styles. Maybe that’s a bit because there are so many ‘off the beaten path’ and ‘original’ whiskies out there that a good bit of old fashioned single malt is becoming a curiosity.
Back to Paul John. For information about the distillery, I suggest you try Googling it. I don’t know anything about them, except that their oldest releases are about 6 years old and Master of Malt and its subsidiaries are the only bottlers (MoM and TBWC) that have ever released a Paul John whisky with an age statement. All of those are six years old.
I know they’re from India. I know the company hasn’t been producing single malt for long. By their labels I figure out they’re doing things a bit like Amrut, and are going for a Scottish style whisky.
Based on the previous statement, this might be a bit surprising. If you would have told me I was drinking a rye whisky, I’d have believed you. This is so sharp and spicy it’s really weird, for a single malt. Lots of freshly sawed oak. Rye, hay, pink peppercorns and some mint. Only after half an hour of airing it tones down a bit and becomes a bit more single malt like.
The palate is incredibly dry with a mountain of fresh, and raw, oak. Again, sharp and spicy. It is quite consistent, with rye and pink and red peppercorns. Some old leather. Superbly dry.
The finish is mostly sharp, without a lot of flavor. Or maybe, the flavor is overpowered by the fierceness. Some bitter caramel towards the end.
Well. I’m not sure what to say about this. I added a drop of water but that didn’t do much. So, it might need more or it just doesn’t react all that well. It’s insanely sharp and I’m not overly enjoying this.
I generally like dry and spicy whiskies. But this is just over the top. Also, it’s so much like a rye whisky, I think if I want something like this I’d buy a rye whisky. So, again, this isn’t really for me I think. Especially at the price (€ 125-ish), I’d buy a nice single malt, and a nice rye instead.
Oh, and somehow, I missed the peat. Not sure what’s going on here.
Paul John 6yo, Batch 2, 54.7%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It’s available from Master of Malt for € 126
Thanks for That Boutique-y Whisky Company for sending the sample!