Paul John Brilliance

"This English-sounding Indian whisky shows that Amrut is not the only shining star from the second most populous country in the world, a good show-case of an excotic twist on Scotch"

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Sounds English, however, this is a genuine Indian whisky from Goa. After being already a famous (blended) whisky producer in India, they decided to start producing single malt in 2008. The Paul John Brilliance is their standard non-peated bottling. A very smooth and stylish designed packaging. I particularly like the gracious shape of the bottle. The liquid has the natural color (hooray!) and is non chill filtered (twice hooray!!).

Nose

This feels spring-like, fruity and fresh, while also earthy. I find nutty notes of brazil nuts, walnuts and pistache. Add to that koriander, and sweet exotic fruits such as lychee, mango and bananas. Top that off with spiced pears and apples.

Taste

Again this is celebrating its roots with an exotic spiciness and tropical fruits. In particular curry poweder and cinnamon come forward. The fruits mainly consist of mango and banana. I also notice a slight sulphur note, but that is perfectly kept in balance. More spices with nutmeg, koriander, marsala. The finish is fruity and earthy, with a wood dust and drying fruity aftertaste.

Overall

I find this an nice exotic twist on a scotch. For a standard entree bottling with a affordable price, this has quite a lot to offer. And I noticed that it improves considerably when the bottle is opened for some time. Add to that the lovely design, and you have good whisky that is fun to explore. What can you expect more? Well more where that came from…

What others say

Whiskybase: 81.43 (105 votes) * @Worldwhisky: 8.7/10 * @Whiskynotes: 79/100 * Dominic Roskrow @Whiskyadvocate: 88/100
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
45%
Peat/smoke
5%
Nose 83.5%
Taste 86%
Balance 83%
Depth 82%
Finish 85%
Score