Now I do have to confess two things;
- Though I like a glass of whisky, I am by no means an expert.
- 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:
Paul John - Brilliance. The first we tried. Caramel with a hint of orange. The aftertaste was a little rough.
Paul John - Edited. Lightly smoked with a hint of brown sugar. Again, the aftertaste was a little rough.
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.
Paul John - Pedro Ximenez. Darks fruits and Christmas. Pleasant lingering aftertaste.
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.
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.