Overall rating
82.42/100
votes
238
Whiskybase ID
WB75663
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
8904014800712
Added on
15 dec 2015 2:48 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 47.81

17 × in wishlist

238 × member ratings

357 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Paul John Bold

33 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.42 points.

  1. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  2. Ult1mate scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    Nose: green olives

    Taste: light peat, rubbery

  3. Kraddell scored this whisky 66 points Expert Junior

    Pours a clear, rather light blonde. Scent is sharp, peat, but not as wide / dark aroma's as the one I had before ( ardbeg). More lively, sharper, booze more up front. Less other aspects. Taste is full, intense alcohol. Peat is aromatic, not as 'deep' as the ardbeg. Aftertaste has a very big amount of wood, mild charred it seems, and of course the fading peat. Decent, but with less lows and less highs than the ardbeg ( my only point of reference so far). This one seems more average.

  4. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    As a fan of the smoky whiskys, I can only recommend this one. At a price of less than 40 euros, you can get a pleasant but nevertheless strongly smoky and spicy whisky that could well compete with whiskys in the higher price segment. Nice complex and also balanced for the price.
    • Nose
      88 88
      strong smoke, then a sweet fruitiness combined with a fine but distinct spiciness, nutty (hazelnut), chocolate, some vanilla, some tobacco, some honey, slightly pungent alcohol
    • Taste
      86 86
      strong smoke, very sweet and very spicy, fruity, oily, light oak, a bit tart, very little vanilla and honey, polished leather, some tobacco
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length, strong spiciness, distinct smoke, sweet, slightly fruity, malt, slightly tart, oak, nutty, woody

  5. Don Cassi scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very hazel-nutty and chocolaty on the nose, reminiscent of Nutella or Hanuta. In addition, smoky (warm smoke, association with bacon) and sweet. Subtle associations of mint and tea.
    Edit 2 years later: today it looks more like a Ledaig: sauerkraut, liquid manure, fermented grass, yellow kiwi.

    The finish overlays the fruit with spice, ash and oak and again associations of tea. Very tasty and I would blindly sign it for 12 years
    Length: 6/10

    Grade: 2+

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Paul John Bold (46%) (bottled March 2018). Consumed Feb 2019. Aroma - some banana split, slightly cheesey, cheese rind, also some old vanilla icecream. OK aroma I suppose. Closes up over time. Then gets more banana and toffee. Taste is smooth and easy up front - almost watery, then light esters show up, leading to building toffee and marzipan, white chocolate fudge, pleasing milky coffee vibe somewhere in there, subtle smoke, salty fudgey linger. There are definitely several stages to the flavour development here. Ends up a solid enough whisky but there are better options at the price. (3.35/80)

  7. Likudi scored this whisky 77 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  8. vmp scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Excellent value for money. Peat smoke not as prominent as in an Islay. But makes it's presence felt combined with fruity flavours.

  9. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  11. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Excellent! Maybe the oak was just a tad too active on the palate, but overall a nice range of flavours and a good balance. Recommended.
    • Nose
      Touches of peat, along with a whisper menthol and angelica root, followed by peaches, and tinned pineapple. Finally a whiff of smoked paprika powder, cinnamon and cured meat.
    • Taste
      Beautiful oiliness, spicy (ginger, cloves, nutmeg) and fairly peaty. But there's a sweet tropical fruitiness here again. Passion fruit comes to mind, as does mango. A fair amount of toasted bread too, as well as a pronounced oakiness.
    • Finish
      Sweet peat, a tad dry. Medium in length.

  12. Martin1965 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, honey, spices
    • Taste
      Smoke, spices, oak, honey
    • Finish
      Medium long with seasoning

      Great smoky malt. Sweetness - Smoke and spice harmonize very well with each other - 88 points

  13. Bottlin Bond scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Sporx scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Smoke, fresh, herbal and dry, a little sweet

    taste
    Nutty, spicy, chocolate, sweet, tobacco, citrus, pepper

    finish
    Medium length, smoke, sweet, citrus, young

  15. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted blind - it made it's mark and stood it's ground between a Clynelish 14 and a Kilchoman Machir Bay.

    Deserves to be on the list of Scotch lovers;-)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. hawk31 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very nice whisky, which I presumably would have put blind immediately to Scotland.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly Scottish, my first Indian, that's why I expected something different somehow. Strong smoke and sweetness are the strongest flavors at the beginning. The smoke is more medicinal than campfire smoke. Then spice and herbs develop properly. After about 20 minutes, a few red fruits are added. The nose is ever interesting and strong.
    • Taste
      The first 2 seconds he was very silky and oily, but then comes with a lot of noise, the smoke and spice to light. The right machine forwards: pepper, heavy smoke (which comes here even stronger than in the nose), some tobacco and leather notes, the fruits come again at the end. The alcohol content is just right for me.
    • Finish
      A little orange, caramel, dark honey and growing oak. For a long time I would say. The smoke does not fade and sets a nice counterpoint to the more dominant oak. Now also shows dark chocolate.

  17. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  18. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A stunning dram, by this combination of peat smoke and intense exotic fruit, very pleasant surprise even if the peat is well below what the nose could glimpse.
    • Nose
      very pleasant peat mingled with exotic fruits, marked on pineapple, with vanilla and fresh lemon.Uniform smoke evaporation.
    • Taste
      intense fruity flavors, the smoke fades unfortunately in relation!
      Back spicy, honeyed, vanilla, a little wood and dry smoke on the return.
    • Finish
      long enough, but also disparate and disintegrating.
      On the same aromas with a fruity and floral side.

  19. Wolv scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      77 77

  20. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  21. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    *for Batch 01-May 16
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  22. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    not as good as the other batch i had (01-Spet 15), which had a full spectrum of sugars and richer metallic and mineral notes, this one feels more watered down and not as “bold”

    * for Batch 01-May 16
    • Nose
      dark fruits, sugar, peat, grass, honey, minerals, touch of citrus
    • Taste
      sugar, dark fruits, grass, grain, minerals, hint of copper
    • Finish
      short-medium, minerals, honey, pears, roasted sugars, peat, smoke, sherried sugars at the back with a touch of minerals

  23. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  24. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  25. Pollenflug scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    More on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      At first refreshingly fruity with floral accents and a subtle sweetness. Limes make for a slightly acidic impact, closely followed by apricots and peaches. An ashy smoke (with a subtle phenoliness) and strong spicy notes (pepper, aniseed & cloves) contrast beautifully with the initial notes.
    • Taste
      Full, intense start with a beautiful oiliness. At the beginning I notice a sweetness (honey) with tropical fruits, especially mango / passion fruit, peach and grapefruit are dominant. Again, I find the ashy smoke from the nose, which now increases significantly in intensity. Heavy spicy notes immediately follow with a noticeable pepperiness, dark chocolate, some tobacco, leather and subtle oak notes (empty cigar box).
    • Finish
      Medium. The smoke picks up speed again and displaces the tropical fruits. The spicy notes provide a noticeable bitterness & dryness, but always remain pleasant.

  26. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  27. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    *for Batch 01-Sept 15
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    fruity, clean, perfectly peated
    and
    complimented by elegant minerals and copper metallic aromas with just the right
    amount of citrus and spices

    i was
    very surprised with this one, no off notes, nothing to complain about, a very
    good whisky indeed

    *for Batch 01-Sept 15
    • Nose
      light and dark fruits, dark honey,
      minerals, sea breeze, coffee, grassy peat
    • Taste
      light to dark fruits, pepper,
      honey, minerals, metallic (copper), hint of citrus, malt and grain
    • Finish
      medium, dark sweet, smoke,
      minerals, honeyed smoky nuts at the back

  29. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Complex, sour yoghurt and very puffy, thick and heavy. Mint chocolate
    coated with airy sea spray. Prickly spice and strong on nose.

    P- Clove and cola sweet, light bitter sweet herbs. Balance and round, marine note, pineapple.

    F- Long and sticky with touch of iodine, creamy banana and hot oat meal.

    — at Whisky Live Singapore.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The underlying spirit of this whisky is certainly well made. The people working on this whisky are definitely putting the time and effort into building the its reputation. 
    • Nose
      Floral peat, soft honeyed spice, cardamom, and green oak
    • Taste
      Perfume floral notes mixed with floral peat

      peated cereal-grains
    • Finish
      peak and oak with an astringent oak

      lingering cereal-grains flavors

  31. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Curry & Angelica Root
    When we think of Indian whisky, Amrut is surely top of mind, while Paul John often does not even come to mind. Justified or not? I already tried their Classic, Edited, Brilliance and Peated Select Cask. The only one I did not yet try is the Bold, but I am about to rectify that.
    Ha! This whisky even smells of India. Well, I mean incense, which I associate mostly with this country. Then I get some curry and angelica root! There comes the fruit, in the guise of dried apricots and baked apples, with a pinch of cinnamon on top. Finally some oranges, tobacco leaves and wet earth. Surprisingly complex and the best Paul John I have nosed so far.
    It is very creamy on the palate, very spice and sweet on leather, wood, mocha, Turkish Delight and a big dose of peat, baked apples and pears, a maritime touch, cedar wood… darn, this is very good and complexe and a pleasant surprise. A light bitterness as if from grapefruit and tea takes my taste buds hostage, while the spices simmer with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger in the lead. Full of flavor and intensly spicy with enough fruit to keep it nicely balanced.
    The finish is wonderfully long and smoky, sweet with a twist, while it leaves the mouth parched.
    Very pleasant surprise, good strength and good price – what’s not to like? Recommended.

  32. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Another great Indian. Full of spices and fruit. I like the profile. The lack of smoke can also be daily form. He is definitely present, if not too strong. In sum, a nice spicy whisky, off the Scottish paths, without being worse, just different.
    • Nose
      Very fruity (undefined), maybe a few citrus fruits and tamarinds, spice cupboard, fragrant black pepper and cloves, a few musty oak flavors, smoke I smell no.
    • Taste
      In the mouth again a lot of black pepper. I've had that with a single cask. Fruity sweet with neat pepper.
    • Finish
      The pepper leaves a lasting impression, then again fruity, the citrus and some oak. Now I can find a little smoke in the end. Aftertaste like a cigar.

  33. Conmai scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  34. ddertzaar did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    After the nose, I did not expect to drink the dram, but in taste and on the malt has its strengths.
    • Nose
      Citrus, greasy smoke - an association to a classic Alsatian tarte flambée, cheese, gum (crazy tire)
    • Taste
      Sweet, exotic fruits (peach, nectarine ...), citrus aromas, ashes, subtle oak
    • Finish
      medium long, constantly ashen and bitter in the mouth with hints of tropical fruits ...

  35. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Solid whisky, can compete well with the Scots and at ~ 50 € you pay almost no Exotenbonus.
    • Nose
      very fresh and dry, little sweetness, fresh citrus fruits, peach, cold smoke, ashes, tobacco, white pepper, a little salty freshness ... after some time and a few drops of water, some sweetness (chocolate) can be guessed, but the fresh dry character remains
    • Taste
      full-bodied, dark sweetness (cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate), traces of tropical fruits - from time to time peeks out lime, grapefruit or passion fruit, tobacco, leather, pepper
    • Finish
      medium length, earth, spicy sharpness, some lime-bitter

  36. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    This is a whole other ball game! The smoke is very different from the whisky’s I know from Islay. Its much creamier, complex and sweet. There are many dimensions of oak in this dram and that makes me think that the casks have been very active. But it never seems to overpower the fruity and spicy aspects of the single malt. It’s a very pleasing, well balanced and engaging dram that has a lot to offer. It opens up nicely and it benefits from some aeration time. I don't often agree with the marketing department of a distillery but their poetic description of the whisky seems to fit the bill quite nicely.

    I can highly recommend this whisky.

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-329-paul-john-bold/
    • Nose
      A lush, playful, layered, well balanced and complex whisky with aroma’s of creamy smoke, floral peat, new leather, licorice root, soft fennel, fresh curry leaves, barley sugar, angelica root, lush honey, cinnamon, cumin, gooseberries, dried apricot, prunes, green banana, papaya, pear drops, toffee, red apples, creamy oak, white pepper, dried flowers, malt, cereals, hint of rosewood, sandalwood, hint of incense (Satya Sai Baba Nag Champa), tangerine, grass, hay, boiled milk, coffee, sweet tobacco, earthy tones, chocolate and more spicy oak.
    • Taste
      A powerful, full, lush, well balanced, mouth filling and complex whisky with aroma’s of forrest honey, creamy smoke, heather, dry peat, old ropes, licorice root, mocha, malt, grains, muesli, Turkish delight, red apple, pear, mango, black pepper, chili, subtle brine, fresh laurel, cumin, curry, nutmeg, allspice, spicy oak, cedar wood, smoked cheese, aniseed, soft bitter tannins, roast beef, bitter chocolate, apple syrup, wet forrest ground, molasses, ginger, baked banana, salted caramel, toffee and smokey sandalwood.
    • Finish
      A long and slightly drying finish with aroma’s of licorice, licorice root, smoke, peat, heather honey, brine, cumin, cardamom, candied ginger, tannins, spicy oak, coffee with cream and bitter chocolate. The smoke lingers for quite some time.

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