If I can’t go out for a drink, then the drink will just have to come to me! And the drink in question was Malton Whisky Society’s (Ugh, a Facebook link!) Paul John Single Malt Whisky selection.

Malton Whiskey Society Sampler 1

Now I do have to confess two things;

  1. Though I like a glass of whisky, I am by no means an expert.
  2. This is my first whisky from India.

The whiskys were delivered promptly in a sturdy, padded box containing five small vials. Each sealed with wax, the vials were easily decanted into glasses.

The five we tried were:

  1. Paul John - Brilliance. The first we tried. Caramel with a hint of orange. The aftertaste was a little rough.

  2. Paul John - Edited. Lightly smoked with a hint of brown sugar. Again, the aftertaste was a little rough.

  3. Paul John - Classic Select Cask. At 55.2%, the alcohol overwhelmed the taste. Adding a little water brought out dark fruits and oak - alas, at the expense of the mouthfeel.

  4. Paul John - Pedro Ximenez. Darks fruits and Christmas. Pleasant lingering aftertaste.

  5. Paul John - Oloroso Select Cask. Soft and deliciously Christmassy. Deeply more-ish. Excellent lingering aftertaste.

So what ranking would I give them? For me, it would have to be 5, 4, 2, 3, 1 with 5 and 4 the only ones I would seriously consider buying.

Malton Whiskey Society Sampler 2

The actual tasting took about an hour and a half and was live-streamed on Facebook. General issues around Facebook aside, the platform worked quite well and we’re looking forward to doing the next one.