Paul John Christmas Edition 2018

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Oloroso Cask Finish
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 oct 2018 11:36 am by Dollemalt

Average value

€ 60.42

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Whisky Reviews for Paul John Christmas Edition 2018

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.31 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    Christmas… well, I don’t mind opening op something special for that. In this case, a malt from India! This is the Paul John Christmas Edition 2018 of which only 3.000 bottles were released. This Indian malt was finished on oloroso sherry casks.

    The nose immediately offers a panoply of exotic aromas: pineapple, oranges, nuts, cinnamon, cloves, curry powder, demerara sugar and actually reminds me of glühwein, that typical warm wine served this time of year.

    The body is more than okay, the whisky is nicely spicy and warming. Again those feisty (oriental) spices that precede the (citrus) fruit, upholstered with something of chocolate and even pastry. Yes, this whisky was well named indeed.

    The finish is medium long, silky soft and festive on even more cinnamon and oranges.

    I could easily have mistaken this for a rum if tried blind. But it certainly is no mistake that this is a lovely Paul John whisky. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Comparison tasting of the 2018 Oloroso here with the 2019er PX

    The two are on the same level, almost identical in the nose. If necessary, I would prefer the Oloroso a little, since the aniseed note of the 2019 was almost too much for me. If you do not drink them in parallel, that hardly matters, and the similarities are too strong. But wait, I have never had such spice-intensive malts. One always thinks at Christmas sweet cookies with Christmas spices, sweet mulled wine with Christmas spices, sweet gingerbread with Christmas spices ... with these two here you have whisky with Christmas spices, without all the sweets. I think a shot of it in the tea and it tastes like Christmas
    • Nose
      the 2018er has an extremely Gewürzlastige nose, restrained sweetness, many spices, cloves, pepper, but also anise, almost too many spices, the fruity counterpart is missing a bit, maybe some orange peel. In addition hints of smoke. Over time, the nose becomes a little sweeter, denser, the spices are not so over all, but are still extremely present.
      Normally you should now write about differences, with such a comparison, but I find the nose of the 2019er extremely similar, almost identical. The same, intense spices, the same orange peel, every time I think I've found a darker sweet note, I find these at 2018er synonymous. So I have to say, from the nose I do not notice the difference between Oloroso and PX, which is probably because the basic distillate before the finish is very similar and these extremely intense spice notes are just too dominant. Subjectively, the Oloroso is a little "brighter", but that can be deceptive.
    • Taste
      The 2018 has a nice crisp start, immediately attacked the spices, you literally bite into the Glühweingewürzsäckchen. The clove brings warmth and sharpness, in the background again orange peel, some wood and all in all very dense aromatic and tend to be rather dry.
      The 2019er is not quite so dry, first a small sweet note, but then here is the spice attack, but it is a little more mulled wine than Gewürzssäckchen. Incredibly massive star anise note. Overall, I think the 2019 also hotter, sharper in the mouth.
    • Finish
      The 2018 remains slightly astringent, still plenty of spices, a slight tart notes, but tends to bitterness, which is surprising given the spice load.
      The 2019 stunned a bit first by the alcohol and the flavors, slightly occupied palate. Then here certainly noticeable Sherrynoten, in addition to the many spices. Sniffed again on 2019, the anise note is more present than in Oloroso.

  3. vmp scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Not as overtly olorosoy as I was expecting. Yet a wonderful and spicy dram worth trying.
    • Nose
      88 88
      My favourite part of this whisky. Nice leather notes, dusty, a little varnish, a bit of vegetal peat. Very little in the way of fruit here. Some berries perhaps. Vanilla and fruit cake. A dry nose. But intriguing and complex
    • Taste
      85 85
      Buttery arrival. Nice sweetness. Again not a lot of fruits. Brown sugar and a hint of fruit cake. Some phenolic peat smoke in the taste. Spicy, some oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Fairly long and dry finish. Beautifully spicy. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. But not overpowering

  4. ea teasse scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    It's only the 2nd Paul John I've had. The other one is the Nirvana. This is way better. It has it's own character. I like the combination of the curry/paprika/oranges/chocolate with the peat.

    It was a perfect christmas gift and I'm happy with every dram.

  5. Don Cassi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nutty on the nose, dried fruits, dates, bitter orange, cloves and a hint of anise, plus a light smoke like Highland Park. The aroma is actually reminiscent of the Christmas season. You could blindly mistake it for a very spicy rum.

    Nice and soft in the mouth, round and fruity (orange, cherry) - full, the smoke becomes more present and settles over the remaining aromas in the finish. In addition, there is a coffee bitterness and a hint of cinnamon.
    Length: 6/10

    Great Indian, which in my opinion is superior to its brothers in the standard range and also tastes good outside of Advent.

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  6. glenrob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. bvrsky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I love this whisky. Aroma is warm and rich with sherry and smoke notes revolving around a malty core; Palate is less nutty than the aroma but just as complex and dynamic with the layers of dried fruits and spices; Finish is the perfect complement and fades out slow with sweet and smoky notes sitting evenly.

  10. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    On December 14th, 21 from 84 to 85

    Cloves, cinnamon, orange, Christmas little smoke, nutty

    Oily, nutty, rum notes, nice smoke, wood spice, strongly spicy honey, caramel, little salt

    Almost long, orange, spicy, black pepper

    Food pairing
    With Rittersport honey salt almond with soft fig
    Caramel with Celery!

  11. Ivynor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Nose sherry, on dried fruits (hazelnut), toasted notes, chocolate, nutella side.
      Pretty greedy.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pretty easy, creamy, on hazelnuts, a little more vegetal, we find the youth. A bit of bitter cocoa, unctuous, some vanilla notes.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Final a little below, shorter, on spices (pepper, cinnamon), woody and vegetal notes.

  12. thomasflsts scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. theograph scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tropical Christmas with punch.
    • Nose
      Oranges, cloves, cinnamon, pineapple, curry, rum, punch with lots of sugar, coffee, nut mix.
    • Taste
      Oily, velvety and soft, white rum, oak, tart notes, cachaca, cocoa powder, spices, punch, Christmas market.
    • Finish
      Fruity, oranges, cinnamon, punch, rum.


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