Paul John Edited
The ongoing semi-peated whisky from Indian distiller Paul John. It combines their fruity unpeated single malt whisky with some 20-25ppm peated spirit to give a sweet and spicy whisky balanced by an underlying earthy smoke.
NOSE: Chocolate mint evolves from the delicate peats which sit beautifully with the lesser oaky theme; a comfortable, yet always complex, nose with the smoke soft and relaxed and refusing to bully the juicier barley.
TASTE: Grassy barley shows first, but then slowly gives way as those most gentle peat notes dissolve onto the palate and begins to build momentum and intensity. Again there is chocolate mint/mocha theme, as well as a sublime mollassed note which injects all the sweetness required.
FINISH: Long, helped by to-die-for oils, some hints of spice and now some tannins plus the vanilla. But all is beautifully weighted, patient and poised; Oh, and did I mention the chocolate mint...?.