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Paul John Christmas Edition 2020

Overall rating
84.17/100
votes
43
Whiskybase ID
WB168076
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
20.08.2020
Casktype
Bourbon, Oloroso sherry, Virgin oak
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
8904014806325
Added on
23 Oct 2020 9:39 pm by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 57.10

9 × in wishlist

43 × member ratings

92 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Paul John Christmas Edition 2020

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.17 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Ho, Ho, Ho!

    Sinterklaas had only just returned to Spain when a nice little box was dropped off at our house. Delivered by importer The Nectar wish a lovely Christmas card by Shilton Almeida, the crazy-but-irresistably-funny brand ambassador for Paul John, the Indian single malt. I had tried their 2018 Christmas Edition and loved it to bits. The new release matured on a combination of ex-bourbon, oloroso and virgin oak casks.

    The nose is umami and sweet at the same time, as well as exotically (is that a word?) spiced. Roast beef, raisins, sugar cane, pineapple on the barbecue, overripe banana, nuts and candied oranges. After some breathing, the umami traits make room for more wonderfully sweet aromas. The spices on duty are cinnamon and cloves. Evolves towards glühwein, which is obviously perfect for this expression.

    Ho, ho, ho! On the palate this is quite powerful and spicy indeed. The virgin oak puts its foot down. All kinds of hefty wood spices, allowing the whisky to warm your mouth. Once it has settled on your palate, the sweetness returns in full force. Oranges, candied lemon, banana, pineapple and even some mango are neatly gift-wrapped in cardamom, cloves and paprika powder. Nicely oily, mouth coating and very good!

    The aftertaste is shorter than hoped for, but still medium long. The spiciness fades gently, making this a silky soft ending.

    A true Christmas whisky, believe me. And not even 60 EUR? In that case, I’ll take two.

  2. L_Gillian scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    There's a bit of everything in here! Nicely balanced sherry and bourbon notes both shine through, accompanied with a nicely dosed amount of smoke.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nose is on the fresher side compared to most sherried whiskies. Apple cake, maple syrup, sour candy, caramelized sugar and spiced glühwein.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Smoked virgin oak wood. Lots of spice and wood notes at first. Later on the sweet fruitiness returns.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Slightly scorched BBQ meat. Oregano, wine-y sherry notes right where you want them. Finish is on the shorter side but otherwise very nice.

  3. maxi_vor95 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    The first single malt that really deserves the name "Christmas Malt"! Rich spices, very nice notes of chocolate and cinnamon combined with all kinds of orange notes make this single malt a wonderful Christmas drink.
    Turn on the fireplace, let old Christmas music play and treat yourself to a glass of this whisky and Christmas will be an event even this year. Worth 89 points for me.

  4. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Banzai scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. A.S. Bak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Aroma is a nice diverse rollout that’s more subtle than previous years – you need to take your time with it and let the candy, malty, wine and smoky notes pass to findthe apple notes below; Palate is interesting and unique in its totality and I can’t quite place it but it’s like Honey Nut Cheerios by a fire with some olde tyme candy dots and just a touch metallic; Finish is a muted velvety version of the palate.

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