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Overall rating
87.37/100
votes
46
Whiskybase ID
WB129667
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Warehouse Tasting
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
07 years old
Calculated age
07 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon Hogshead
Strength
56.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 Apr 2019 12:01 am by theograph
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 80.00

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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

  1. RobbievdB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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...).

  3. Tastingbros scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/03/28/my-first-paul-john-whisky/
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  5. jkswift scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  6. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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!
    • Nose
      88 88
      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.
    • Taste
      89 89
      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.
    • Finish
      88 88
      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.

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      Blueberry, caramel, smoke. Later kaki and a little custard.
    • Taste
      Peat, mango and caramel.
    • Finish
      Mango, peat and dark chocolate.

  8. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Chocolate, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, dried fruit, oak, citus zest, baked apple and chili pepper.

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    not that good
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

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