Paul John – Classic select cask

Paul John

imageThe Indian whisky invasion takes another big step with the incredible Paul John Classic select cask..

This is a batch release created by Master Distiller Michael John who first started his journey back in 1993 and later in 2009 became the Master distiller for Paul John whisky through John Distilleries.  The whisky is created in Goa where the most modern technology was used also side two traditional copper pot stills that have a capacity of 3000 litres per day..

A while back I had the extreme pleasure of sitting down with Shilton Almeida the regional manager for Paul John whisky, now for anyone who does not know Shilton, he is one of the most polite, enthusiastic people you will ever meet.  During our meeting we made our way through the core range then along came the opertunity to try this limited release, made up from a vatting of 30 casks  and bottled at 55.2% abv I expected it to be good but didn’t expect it to be as good as I thought it was on the night.. So I had to re visit this malt in my familiar surroundings to re check if it really was that good..

Classic Select – Paul John

Distillery.. Paul John

Region.. Goa, India

Age.. NAS

Abv.. 55.2%

Cask.. Bourbon

Nose.. A lot more fruity than I remember, ripe pear, banana and peaches, vanilla and rich honey are also more prominent.. But wait.. Yes here is the spice.. That explosion of aromas that I remembered just hit me.. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, some pepper and ginger.. The fruit and vanilla blend well but they are very much a backdrop to the spice.. A subtle oaky note eventually gets to be noticed after several minutes.


Palate.. Pear and ripe banana with luscious honey drizzled over, some burnt sugared almonds and candied orange are detected before the barrage of spices flood over and bring fresh spice, ginger and nutmeg with a twist of cinnamon and a vanilla essence flavour all the time the fruity side is fighting to get noticed.. Subtle oak mixes with chocolate and coffee notes and then there are some barley sugar flavour that just keep popping up.


Finish.. Long and spicy with a twist of oak.


Thoughts.. Do I like it.. Yes I do.. Will I buy it.. Yes I will.. Do I want more.. You bet I do.. This is quite incredible, the flavours are non stop, it is big, it is bold and has a multitude of layers.. Every time you take a sip it changes,  it’s spicy, it’s fruity but it’s never dull..


A big thank you goes out to Shilton for introducing me to this Paul John classic select.. ..

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Stevie D says:

    Howdy, very nice website! A lovely whisky that really managed to surprise me when I tasted this at a recent whisky tasting at my local club tasting.


  2. sorrenkrebs says:

    I am more in favour of the unpeated expressions as I generally prefer unpeated whisky.. I do appreciate the peated whisky and can appreciate your thoughts towards the peated stuff..

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  3. While I agreed the Classic is a lovely whisky, from the Select Cask duo it is the Peated (particularly the 2014/15 batches) that is truly top notch in my books!

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  4. I’ll have bottles of the 163 and the 1444 single cask this week, looking forward to trying them😊 if your interested I’m sure we can make it an extended tasting 😂

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  5. sorrenkrebs says:

    Still to try the single barrels, but I will get round to them.. This is quite intense, so it might be as good 👍

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  6. How do you compare this to the single cask expressions, I personally think it’s very close but the single cask just have the edge for me. This is most definitely a must have for the shelf though…

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