Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
World Whiskies - Individual Cask
Stated Age
07 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.4 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
14 may 2019 5:49 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 109.45

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61 × member ratings

43 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Paul John 2011 CA

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.90 points.

  1. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautifully balanced between sweet and spice, fruit and wood, this was the best Paul John I have ever tried and exceedingly different from the Peated Select Cask, my go-to for the distillery. After nearly six years in the South Asian heat, this cask came to Campbeltown for a few years to finish maturing. The profile was loaded with all sorts of sweet nostalgia, which has always been worth a few extra points in my book. This transitioned cleanly between different layers as I sat with it and everything felt complementary.

    Mental Image: Beachside Rattan Getaway
    • Nose
      Fruit, wood, and subtle marine notes. Tropical fruit and floral notes with pineapple, honeysuckle, and orange. Bamboo, cardamon, and subtle pistachio remind me strongly of an old banquet hall. Maritime salt, citrusy lemon, and milk chocolate emerged with more time.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied and slightly oily with sharper notes of citrus and varnished wood. Fried pastries with floral cardamon registered along with honey-pistachio cakes. Hints of dried mango, crystallized ginger, tangerines, and blood orange. Dried bamboo, rattan furniture, and damp tropical flowers came at the end. A bit of water added some nice cream and highlighted the fruit.
    • Finish
      Lingering floral spice and dried fruits.

  2. InbhirNis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2cl sample from the same set as hs305. Now that I've tried all six drams, I'm pleased to report that I found two worthy of the term 'highlights'... and this is one of them, the surprise package of the group for me, 87s across the board and I enjoyed it enough to seek out a bottle.

    The nose is flinty with hay, clearly youthful but nicely rounded and rustic. Distant autumn bonfire. Water brings wet pebbles and more hay, but also flattens it a bit - I prefer this one neat.

    Farminess translates from the nose to the palate, which is surprisingly delicate, with slightly sour/fermenting apples. Water adds aniseed, something metallic, and a distinct savoury note that I can't pin down. Pretty complex for its age.

    The finish is medium-long, smokier and sweeter, with some crumble topping for those apples.

  3. Dominique69 scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Nice integrated light peatyness .
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2021] This is from the "Cadenhead's Recent Highlights Tasting Pack" and because of the hot temperatures in India a Paul John matures much faster than a Scotch malt (provided it stays in the tropics). According to a thumb's rule this 7-years old is comparable to a 20-years old Scotch, we will see...

    ...no, not at all. This neither smells nor tastes like an old whisky let alone an old Scotch but it offers very interesting new impressions. I guess this profile will get boring after a while but the first dram(s) are pretty nice. I like it, especially the parallels to high-ester rum from the Caribbean.

    This dram is hard to score, most probably I will rate it lower after I emptied a bottle but now it is quite interesting and very quaffable. So I score it (consistently to all my other ratings) exactly how I find it today and have a re-taste later on to verify it. Slàinte!
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is quite dark at deep copper and the nose offers a bold but not very complex profile which is very wood driven. No, this does not smell like a 20-years old Scotch malt whisky, by no means. But it offers interesting new impressions, most probably the trademark aromas of the Paul John distillery. All in all the profile is powerful and balanced but of somewhat limited complexity, nonetheless I like it. But in a blind setting I would never ever guessed this is a malt whisky, to be honest.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is quite powerful too and reminds me rather of high-ester (single cask) rum from the Caribbean than Scotch malt whisky. Maybe because of the same tropics climate during maturation? I like this, even if it is a little simple. This dram is very chewable and offers more interesting flavours this way, among them bubble gum-ish impressions and more tasty rum notes. Water releases more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate but the bitterness of the wood increases too without getting unpleasant. I like this dram both neat and reduced to about 45% abv.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel is bold with warming and coating impressions but drying-astringent moments too. The finish is of medium length and adds some sour winey flavours and more of the light peat aromas. The wood turns a little bitter and astringent towards the end which usually would be distracting and annoying. But given the overall powerful profile this is okay-ish (in this setting).

  5. maltandgrains scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Spices and very evident mint. Somewhat reminiscent of cough syrup. Light peat.
    • Taste
      Peat is more evident, but still very mild. Syrup, fruits and berries.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Honey. Faint evidence of the peat that once was. Light wood tint and spices.

  6. Allandale scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Spicy, herbal.
    • Nose
      Rich and spicy and quite herbal. Faint meaty notes with soft peat aromas.
    • Taste
      Peat is bigger on the palate, forest fruits, golden syrup and raisin butter.
    • Finish
      Honey, soft peat and more dry spices. Two years in Campbeltown has mellowed this dram.

  7. detachedblue scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Huge strawberries, icing sugar, mints.
    • Taste
      Jammy, thick but simple, sweet and orangy, camphor, drying, huge wood tannins.
    • Finish
      Short, minty and dusty

  8. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    In Campbeltown since 02.2017


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