Well to be honest this is not really the first one. I tasted some of the official bottlings 2 years ago at the Toulouse whisky festival and I liked it, the only problem was the dilution. So as of now I’m pretty thrilled about trying a cask strength version of this Indian whisky!
Paul John 7 yo 2011-2019 (56.3%, Cadenhead, Refill Bourbon Hogshead)
Colour: Deep gold with mahogany and coppery hues.
Nose: Solvents, honey, straw, white fruits marmalade, spices, gingerbread and hints of pine freshness. Things are starting well!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is quite good and the texture is oily. A lot of gingerbread notes, leather, honey, caramel, spices, cinamon, speculoos. Everything is round without being too sweet but the alcohol is a bit too present and covers the rest a bit too much in my opinion.
Finish: Mid-Long. A lot of smoke, wood notes, hints of peat. It’s completely different than the mouth.
Despite the fact that the distillate is a bit overwhelmed by everything else it’s still a very good sherry whisky. I would have love to taste more typicality from the distillate! (And a better alcohol integration)