Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
07 years old
First Fill American White Oak Casks
Batch 1
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
10 Dec 2017 10:41 am by Andytka3
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 217.50

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33 × member ratings

107 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Paul John Kanya

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.80 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    The newest expression from the Indian John Distilleries is the Paul John Kanya, a 7 year old malt of which only 1500 bottles were released. Kanya is the Indian version of Virgo from the Zodiac. It is said that Indians born under Kanya are patient, precise and observing. Jim Murray awarded this malt no less than 96 points… but who cares about Jim? Let’s taste.

    The nose is oriental and floral. I get some parma violets, joined by some game. Quite a bit of cocoa kicks in and something that reminds me of orange liqueur. White wine surfaces, which is somewhat unexpected. After a few moments of air it turns very fruity with even some tropical note. Lovely and very aromatic.

    The body is fine and the arrival soft and accessible. Immediately sweet notes appear as if from sugared orange peel, toffee and dark honey. I get some latte with foam on top and a nice spiciness. Chocolate with caramel filling appears. Barley sugar. It all works like a charm to offer a lovely, creamy malt on the palate.

    The finish is medium long, clearn, a touch drying, but mostly very sweet.

    Well, it comes as no surprise that this was awarded the title ‘Best Asian Single Malt’. But it will set you back almost 200 EUR – ouch!

  2. Andytka3 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    N- Lifted gamey and furry notes earmarked this probably a worthy LE to look up for in early next year. Well lays with dark cocoa, perfum-y garden floral and sour grapes.

    P- Plenty of toffee and milky cafe latte on the build up with solid spicy honey notes, good strength, gentle coats of malt with right touch of sweetness for balanced mouthfeel.

    F- Medium long, wee bold on spiky oak shadowing the rest. Fine, modern and tasty nonetheless.

    — at Whisky Live Singapore.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. WhiskeyMavens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I can state with absolutely certainty that had Paul John released this expression at cask strength, this would have gone on to become one of the best Single Malts of all time.

    Though, proofing it down to 50% ABV has robbed this whisky of delivering at its full potentials , it still holds its own against some of the best Single Malt whiskies I have pitted them against in several blinds I have done over the years.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Floral, sandal wood, flesh of young green coconut, vanilla
    • Taste
      90 90
      Spicy, tingly, chewy, woody, dark molasses, burnt sugar, black pepper, drying
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, drying, woody

  4. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      aromatic, a mix of warm wood notes and fruits, later more fruity with notes of tropical fruits, coconut, vanilla. Beguiling.
    • Taste
      89 89
      warm, slightly spicy, hint of spicy at 50%, wood notes, spices, fruity components, sweetish-tart, hint of barrel, dark honey, some chocolate. Delicious, a few drops of water do no harm ...
    • Finish
      88 88
      Wood notes, initially slightly tart then with light fruit but with oak in the foreground, soft, ending with a slightly malty finish. Medium length.


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