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Introducing a Great Single Malt Whiskey from India: Paul John

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In 1757 Robert Clive won the Battle of Plassey. In 1858 India became a part of the British crown and Queen Victoria became Mallika-e-Hind( Empress of India). The British did yeoman service in India and brought in what is called Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL). In collaboration with enterprising Indians, a string of distilleries was set up in India to supply whiskey and rum to the British Troops.

Over the last hundred years, these distilleries have grown and the stage has been set where out of the 10 most popular whiskies in the world and the largest selling whiskies in the world 8 are from India The Pupil has overtaken the master

Generally, it is accepted that Scotch whisky is the last word in single malt but now that supremacy has been challenged from none other than India which has produced some excellent single malt whiskies. Rampur, Fusion, and now John Paul are prominent globally.

John Paul is the latest edition of single malt whisky from India. It is the produce of Goa, a small state on the Western coast of India. The brewery came up only in 1992 but within a short span of time, it has carved a niche in the global whiskey scene.

The latest issue of Murray's whisky Bible 2020 rates Paul John very highly. This is a feather in the cap of the distillery from India. Jim Murray's Whisky Bible is an ongoing project. It is a guide containing every whisky that Murray and his team of researchers sample and is based in England.

I have been to most of the high-end bars in Singapore, London, and New York and I can say with confidence that this whiskey finds a place there. I will however add that many Indians would still not drink this whiskey and would prefer Chivas Regal or the Macallan


The whiskey

Paul John is an Indian single malt whisky and single cask whisky. It is manufactured by John distilleries. It was launched in London in 2012 and since then has slowly built up its market because of its excellent taste. It is made from Indian malted barley and for some variants imported Scottish feat distilled in traditional copper pots still and matured in Charred American Oak casks.

Paul John has launched a number of brands of single mask the most prominent of them is Nirvana and Bold. In my view, the finest is John Bold which gives you Aroma of fresh citrus and notes of spices like pepper. iI also has hints of maple syrup and ash. On the palate, it tastes like a blend of Laphroaig and Bowmore

All the brands of the distillery are distilled from 6 strain grain in the north part of the country in the Himalayas.

Whisky testers have commented that Paul John whisky brings in the aroma of honey, Spice, and bone liquids. Honey flavor with copper and the smoked mocha brings in the finish of a bold whisky.

Paul John Bold has alcohol contact by volume of 46 % while Nirvana has a content of 40%. So one can make a choice between the two whether you want a stiff brand of whiskey or a milder one

The whisky has been given an Indian flavor and master distiller Michael DSouza had chosen Indian ingredients in the making of the single malt to give the character characteristics of its country of origin. The wash he created is hard and ABV 5% lower than the standard 8% for most whiskies. This creates a sweeter flavor in the final product. The master distiller also kept in mind that in India the hot weather makes whiskey mature faster than it does in Europe, therefore the production loss to evaporation which is the Angel's share is also higher in India at 8 to 10% per year than in Scotland where the annual Angel share is just 2%. What is the result? It means that Indian distilleries will churn out lesser quantities for the same quantity then in Scotland.

Despite this Paul John produces 60000 liters per month and the company's whisky is sold in 38 countries in the world and has won more than 250 International Award is well

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Something great

Paul John Indian Single Malt has been awarded the Liquid Gold Award by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible and has been crowned with the Best Indian Single Malt Award along with the Best Asian Whisky Award. The Wizards of Whiskey awarded it the gold medal in 2018. I will conclude my review of the whiskey with its taste and aroma.

ABV 46%

The six-row barley for this whisky comes from the foothills of the Himalayas. Brilliance is matured in bourbon casks, makes it an absolute sensory delight.

Nose :

You have a whiff of sweet fragrances with demerara sugars. Cinnamon, a dash of honey, and faint spices give it a wonderful aroma.

Palate :

Sweet and spice and all things nice, make this Single Malt. The honey-like smoothness is offset by the crunchy-bar-like crispness. Somewhere, there is also a tinge of cocoa.

Finish :

Its finish is smooth and relaxed with mild spices and deep intense vanilla.

Colour :

Sparkling copper.

Pairing :

The whiskey has a rich accent of vanilla with subtle hints of spice. It's wonderful to pair it with luscious fruit pies and Indian grilled meat dishes.

Last word

Jim Murray in his Bible has rated it 95.5 and I am not going to oppose the opinion of a man who is world-famous and a connoisseur of whiskey. All I can say is, try it and think of India.


MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on December 23, 2020:

Thank you, Sangre, for commenting. Its apleasure to read your comment.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on December 23, 2020:

I love the name and the packaging. It's always nice to read about other types of whiskeys on the market because I really only know the Irish and UK ones.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on December 21, 2020:

Thanks, John, it was a pleasure to read your comment. Well, this whiskey matches you. So cheers pal!

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on December 21, 2020:

Thanks, Tom, I think Kapil Mohan has expired now and his son is CEO.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on December 21, 2020:

Tom, British, and India have a checkered history together. Mohan Meakin was established by Edward Dyer in 1855. He was the father of Brig-Gen Dyer who carried out the Amritsar massacre. Murree beer and whiskey now is still alive and kicking in Pakistan, making it the only Muslim country to allow the manufacture of alcohol.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on December 21, 2020:

Thank you, Chitra for commenting.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on December 21, 2020:

Thank you, Jim, hope you enjoy the brand

tom on December 20, 2020:

brigadier dyer of jallianwallah bagh ,his father established dyer brewery ,now mohan meakins,now ceo is brigadier kapil mohan

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 20, 2020:

MG, this is quite a coincidence as I just watched a travel documentary on Goa yesterday, and a tour of the Paul John distillery was included. I am also partial to a good drop of whiskey on occasions so found this very interesting as I had not heard of the brand before. Also with "John" in the name how could it now be excellent lol.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 20, 2020:

Great review and I am sure it will be helpful to those who are interested in whiskey.

Thank you for sharing.

tom on December 20, 2020:

breweries started for british troops in india,mohan meakins,cobra beer by lord karan billimoria,his father lt gen billimoria,muree beer pakistan,pure coconut toddy of kerala enjoyed by admiral jonathan band ,cns royal navy

Jim on December 20, 2020:

Hey! that's great stuff, hadn't heard of this whisky but I am going to try it now. Thanks.

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