For this review I have something very special and for that I’m going to take you on a trip around the world to visit Goa, the smallest state in India and home to John Distilleries Ltd the producer of Paul John Single Malt Whisky. Goa is a state famous for its stunning golden sun soaked beaches and endless palm trees which can only be described by myself as paradise with Sun, Sand & Sea but I feel that’s enough about the scenery as I’ll be sure to take you along during my holiday in my vlog when I go there soon so let’s get back to the whisky at hand. The YouTube Review will also be linked soon!
So the whisky I have before me is the Paul John Oloroso Cask which is going to be released a little later this year. With only 252 bottles being produced worldwide, of which 30 bottles are exclusively for the UK market, so it is in very limited supply. The Oloroso cask maturation starts with 3 years in American Bourbon Barrels and then being finished off for 4 years in Sherry cask. I also want to mention that whiskies from warmer climates like India do mature at a faster rate due to the humidity and the Angel Share is also much higher at approx. 12% compared to Scotland’s 2% thus losing a lot more to the angels the longer its left in the Cask. The whisky is bottled at cask strength with an abv of 57.4% and is non-chill filtered with its own natural colour.
Colour: Dark Amber / Deep Copper
Nose: The initial aroma I get on the nose is creamy vanilla ice cream with those little vanilla pod beans inside and just off the first nosing it leads me to have my mouth watering at the aromas. On the second nosing I get a more of a tropical fruit in the sense of a mango but more too dried mango slices offering the fruity but also getting a sweet candied orange peel bursting with flavour. The Sherry influence is very notable in this whisky with rich raisins and figs but also accompanied with a body of spice in the foreground whilst maintaining its sweetness.
Palate: As this liquid gold touches the palate my taste buds are sent on a rollercoaster from the rich oily texture that coats my palate to getting a tropical sherried flavour explosion. Also to mention that at this point I still haven’t added any water and this is all at 57.4% yet don’t feel the abv burn at all. The sherried flavours of raisins, figs and also oranges are now noted on the palate and I feel like I’ve taken a bite of a fig that’s been freshly picked off a tree bursting with its flavour. Now some gingery spice is felt as it becomes mouth warming with some nutmeg in the back, I also feel a polished oak taste.
Finish: The Paul John Oloroso Cask has a long finish to it, I’ve found that the spice tends to fade and allow the fruiter notes to be felt. The polished oak note sits in the centre of the palate with hints of toasted hazelnuts. After 5 minutes I wanted to also note that the finish has changed and im getting orange honey blossom lingering around my palate, its rather interesting to how it develops over time.
AGE: 7 years
CASKS: [3yrs] American Bourbon Barrels + [4yrs] Sherry Casks
DISTILLERY: John Distilleries Ltd
REGION/ORIGIN: Goa, India
EXCLUSIVE: Yes [252 bottles worldwide]
Comments: My overall opinion on this whisky is that it’s unlike any whisky I’ve tried, the appearance from the glass showed very slow moving thick legs. One thing that surprised me a lot was the way in which the abv of 57.4% wasn’t even felt and yet it was so easily drinkable. I feel the only thing which I’d like to see is more bottles as I feel quite a few might miss out on this wonderful whisky. If you do get the opportunity to try this then I’d highly recommend to do so. Paul John have done something amazing with this production and I’m really looking forward to future product releases from Paul John.
I’d also like to say a massive THANK YOU to Shilton from Paul John for allowing me to sample the Paul John Oloroso Cask. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet him on a few occasions at Shows all around London and he’s truly an amazing person! Slainte