Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 01
Added on
24 Jul 2013 9:29 am

Average value

€ 42.58

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174 × member ratings

230 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Paul John Edited

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.01 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Whisky guru Jim Murray
    gave this one a Liquid Gold Award and no less than 96.5 points in his Bible. It
    is not the first time that I could not disagree more with good ol’ Jim.
    Available for less than 50 EUR, but for me the weakest link in the series.
    • Nose
      Sorry, but this one
      simply stinks. I get the smell of rotting wood and leaves, a forest after a
      shower of sour rain. Underneath some malt, it is true, but slightly burned.
      Loads of earth and even coals. Then some chocolate kicks in, but I simply
      cannot find this nose pleasant.
    • Taste
      On the palate, this
      continues, although some honey does make amends. But again the fruity hardly
      has any chance to get past the peat, which translates into a somewhat soury
      medicinal note. That does not have to be a bad thing per sé – au contraire –
      but it does not seem to work in this case. Mildly tannic. Nutmeg and ginger are
      the spices on duty.
    • Finish
      The finish is the
      only part of this whisky that I really enjoy, because of its length, spiciness
      and mild smokiness.

  2. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      For a peated whisky, this is very light indeed. Soft distant peat smoke wrap around the nose of malted barley, pebble beach, quince, cedar and apple blossom. There is a general sweetness with spice turning to liquorice chews all wonderfully enveloped in the smoke from a dying beach bonfire
    • Taste
      The peat smoke shows itself far more now, but still restrained with a honey type sweetness behind it. Ash and cinnamon emerge in equal amounts which in turn create a salted nut element before returning to the smoke rich palate
    • Finish
      Lingering peat smoke with light ash and a sea salt edge.

  3. MLE scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Vis2020 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    A strange one, in that I can appreciate what they're doing here, but that one strange aroma turns me off.
    • Nose
      Strongly woody at first, peanuts fighting with lacquer for dominance. Then faint smokiness, and an odd note of a cardboard box that used to have some dried up cheese in it. Hard to describe, but if you were to take some of the cheesier, odder Springbank 12 CS batches and turn down the amount of smoke, you might get this.
    • Taste
      Kinda slick and not at all rough despite the 46 % . Faintly fruity, somewhat peppery, with dry licorice, and then this musty, cheesy note again. The body feels nice and even on the tongue, but the marzipan/cheese thing is out of tune.
    • Finish
      Digs deep into my gums. Dry licorice and dry wood, and echoes of vanilla. Medium long, with some ginger in the tail.

  6. carstenschulze82 scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Effervescent tablet orange, unripe tangerine,
      otherwise no tangible notes at all, estimated 45% vol.
    • Taste
      Wood spice, maybe 48% vol. In the mouth, a bit of citrus and orange
    • Finish
      some wood, not bitter

  7. gaboruso scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. Gareth74 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Hot hot heat

    Knowing where a whisky hails from can really affect the brain when you’re thinking about what’s in the glass. It’s influence can make you use language in ways that are uncontrollably biased. An Islay is salt spayed, coastal, brooding, kelp lashes. A highland is rugged and rustic and ... you get the picture. But there’s definitely something in the idea that a whisky does pick up a certain type of character or two depending where it’s been made. Where there this is true terroir or regional style can be argued over another day.

    A few years ago I had a tasting with a local group of whiskyphiles with the head of Kavalan. The standout moment of the entire evening for me was spending some time drinking the company’s new make. It was hugely enlightening, there was no other way to describe the taste other than tropical, fruity, exotic and barmy. It oozed sweetness and fruity esters and had a character that instantly made you think of somewhere hot and humid. So maybe I’m thinking my first bottle of Indian whisky might make a similar impression - let’s banish any thoughts of curry leaves, temples and elephants and find out. Ommmmm

    On the nose it’s instantly apparent that it’s benefiting from the 46%. Initially it scrambles out of the glass and it has an unmistakably warm fruity heat thing going on. 10 minutes sitting in the glass and this fruity attack calms down and it’s replaced with old boiled sweets, ashy peat, white pepper, a spritz of acetone and hairspray, some burnt sage. Nice big inhales gets a chewed wine-gum, some crystallised Angelica, a glacé cherry and a little mint and some lychee syrup with black pepper. It’s very enjoyable, quite energetic and sweet, mild smooth peat. Kind of reminded me a little of Ledaig with more fruity tang. Not overly complex but an inviting nose to be sure.

    In the mouth and it’s immediately fruity up front, sweet and spicy and peaty. Lots of syrup and mint and ashy peat quickly moves aside to a tangy fruit and wood with liquorice and a gentle, bitter woodiness. There’s also some hints of cocoa and caramel - it feels like there’s quite a lot happening all at once, enjoyably erratic. Again, there’s nagging reminisces of other malts, Ardmore’s original Traditional Cask, a tasty Ledaig 18 and some sort of youngish Springbank all come to mind but with more fruit warm notes. I’m gritting my teeth - dare I say ‘a warm tropical note’? There’s something along those lines in there, I’m not imagining it.

    The finish is pretty good. An enjoyable, fruity, ashy, sweet peat with a crumb or two of Kendal mint cake and a whiff of metal polish fade out which is long enough to make you think you’ve had something of some quality. There no noticeably bum notes or excruciating bitter wood notes, no sulphur, just a twang of drying pepper, ginger and chocolate as it dies. A little more presence on the side of the tongue would make it really nice but, over all, pretty good stuff, especially for a relatively young NAS. some of these whiskies from hotter climbs can feel overly young and a little rushed, but this feels, whilst young, well composed.

    I keep thinking this would be rather nice in a hot country with a nice cigar on some barmy evening and... there I go again, you just can’t get away from it. Would I buy it again? Probably not, there’s better to be had for the money but I’m glad I tried it.

  9. marmeladow scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    My first Indian - interesting, angular, quite Scottish, but not completely convincing. PLV acceptable. Ultimately there are better single malts from Scotland for its price.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Peat, fruit, sweetness and spice.
      Strange wood note - reminiscent of wine cellars with old barrels
    • Taste
      85 85
      first powerful and spicy, then becoming softer and creamier, balanced between youth, some smoke and sweet fruits, also hints of tropical fruit, little peat
    • Finish
      81 81
      short, not particularly impressive, partly sweet-fruity, partly a bit too spicy, slightly bitter-metallic-young. In the end it even burned unpleasantly in phases. A bit unbalanced

  10. vmp scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Tropical fruits, pineapple, jackfruit. rose essence. a hint of smoke. slightly perfume like
    • Taste
      85 85
      nose continues on the palate with succulent fruits. sweet, rose essence. slight smoke. very nice
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium finish. slightly dry and slight wet cardboard like taste. this disappeared after some breathing in the bottle


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