In a nutshell: A smoky, honeyed and spicy, strongly peated Indian single malt matured in ex-bourbon barrels.
The lowdown: Paul John Bold is made using peat shipped from Islay to their distillery in Goa before the spirit is matured in bourbon barrels. The smoky aromas are balanced with a bit of hay, citrus and dark sugar while on the palate there are rich oaky notes and a touch of dark coffee while the Islay peat subtly asserts its influence. And on the lingering finish a touch of pepperiness weighs in to round it all off. It's a really interesting and well made peated whisky.
Founded by Paul P John in 1996, and based in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, John Distilleries is one of India's leaing alcoholic beverages companies. While they produce and have agencies across a number of different wines and spirits brands their top seller is 'Original Choice' Whisky which sell millions of cases annually. In 2008 they introduced a range of single malts under the 'Paul John' label which are produced at the traditional pot-still distillery they established in Goa. The first release was in 2012 and the success they met with has led to a further expansion of the range and they are now exported across the world.