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Whisky Reviews for Paul John 2011 CA
12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.37 points
- Interesting whisky, like the food restaurants this should be called fusion whisky. At first this Paul John is quite bourbon’y, but instantly the Asian spices arrive. It has sweet fruits, berries mainly, some Springbank’ish peat, but mainly spices. Cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, peper and mint. Dangerously drinkable by the way despite the 56+ abv.
- Tasted this before in October 2018. The extra 6 to 8 months have worked wonders. The cask matures in Campbeltown now for about 2 years and this altered it completly if I take regular single cask bottlings from Paul John into account.
If all casks behave like this, there would be merit to do this kind of double continent maturation.
A fantastic complex dram that I look forward to explore deeper at our whisky club (probably I will not get much time for this...).
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- Had this in a warehouse tasting in the spring of 2019. It did not convince me in that moment. Maybe because it’s not my cup of tea, maybe because it was just not fitting properly in the rest of the line ups, maybe because I was already too saturated, who knows haha. Luckily one of us took a bottle back home so I’m able to try it again.
Well this is odd, different but not a bad nose at all actually. I immediately get the same sensations as when I was walking on the streets of Bangkok during diner time. Great smells everywhere of fresh prepared food on all the mobile stands. Smells of freshly cooked noodles, spiced meat, bbqed meat, herbs, spices and stir-fried vegetables everywhere, in countless combinations. A truly unique experience one would only recognize when having been there. I get berries, dark fruit several Asian spices and a very nice and intense wood layer. There is a kind of springbank-like smokiness to it. It’s remarkable to smell the intensity of this whisky when taking in consideration that it’s from a refill cask. Loads of color and loads of spices but also loads of depth. I would almost think it has been re-racked from another first fill cask or something.
On the palate it arrives very thick bodied, creamy and fat. Again a springbank-like sensation. If tasted blindly I would have sweared this was one. On the palate this is a real bourbon cask maturation. I get tropical fruit sweetness, vanilla, white pepper and quite some smokey influence.
In the finish the smokey side continues to grow and gets to a rather straight forward peatwood level. But not too much, more in (again) Springbank kind of levels. The finish is very wood driven but also rather dry an peat sided.
I certainly think this is way better then what I remembered it to be when tasted in the warehouse. The problem here in my opinion is balance. The nose is truly great. But the taste and finish are so completely differently orientated and powerful on smoke and peat that the sensations I get from the nose are being overruled by that.
- A very nice matured whisky. Although 7yo it is very tasty. Something different as your regular Scotch. I tasted some of Paul John at some festivals, but never this quality!
Very herbal, little fruity and a touch of honey. There is a lot of spices like five spice and cardamom in here. But there is a mint note too.
With water: More dark spices, mint note is gone.
Very sweet arrival, you would say it is a bourbon. Loads of spices and sweetness.
With water: Milder, but still loads of sweet caramel and a touch of vanilla coming in. A bit of wood in here too.
Long length. A tad bitter, but fades away with some coal smoke and caramel sweetness.
With water: More smokey. And a little more fruity notes.
- Blind tasting of a sample, I took it for a Kilkerran. Especially the taste is very Campbeltownish. Unbelievable that the final location of maturation would do all that.
Blueberry, caramel, smoke. Later kaki and a little custard.
Peat, mango and caramel.
Mango, peat and dark chocolate.
- Chocolate, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, dried fruit, oak, citus zest, baked apple and chili pepper.
- not that good