An Interview with Mr Paul John ( John Distilleries)

Mr Paul John, the name behind the incredible Paul john Indian whisky has very kindly agreed to take part in the latest feature and follows on from his master distiller Michael D Souza.

Paul John whisky is currently galloping through the whisky world with its very bold expressions and complex flavours that can be found in all the range..  Distilled and matured in Goa, India, Mr Paul John picked the area for the perfect climate to produce whisky the way he wanted.. Anyone who has tried the whisky will agree that it is one whisky that you walk away saying ” wow that was good” and with so many new people experiencing the whisky at festivals and tastings it only seemed fitting to have the man behind the product involved..

Mr Paul John


How long have you been involved within the whisky industry?

I’ve been with the whisky industry for 24 years.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Crossing the ten million case per year mark in volumes with my brand, Original Choice whisky was a great highlight of my career in the alcohol industry. I must add that another highlight for me was the creation of the world renowned Kumarakom Lake Resort, my stepping stone to my career in hospitality.

What does whisky mean to you?

Whisky is the water of life to me!

What’s your favourite time and place to enjoy a dram?
I enjoy a good dram by the backwaters of Kerala, especially with a view of the setting sun.

Why was the distillery set up in Goa ?
Goa is one of my favourite destinations especially because of the charm of the place and the people. I enjoy the Goan beaches and of course the local cuisine. Besides, the quality of the water in Goa made it the perfect location for a single malt plant.

What in your opinion makes Paul John whisky stand out ?
I would say it’s definitely the quality of the product. We have left no stone unturned to ensure that the highest standards are maintained to achieve that. Coupled with that is the six row barley that we use and the non chill filtered process that we have adapted for our single malts.

Looking back at your career so far, is there one outstanding highlight or a singular memory of your whisky career that will always be special to you?
For sure that would be the launch of my single malts.

With the emergence of more and more world whiskies, where would you like to see Paul John whisky heading in the next few years ?
I aspire for my single malts to be one of the best malts in the world.

With the recent success of your Oloroso cask whisky do you see this becoming a bigger part of your portfolio of whiskies.
Yes definitely, and many more such to come.

You have a few other types of wood being used for finishes e.g. Wine, rum and brandy, do you have a favourite type.
As of now, the sherry casks are still my favourite.

With all the NAS and various cask finishes available, what do you predict to be the next big innovation in whisky?
Yes definitely NAS is the future of whisky because high quality whiskies have been produced without an age statement. Whiskies of different ages can be vatted together to create something extraordinarily unique.  With regard to the cask finishes the sherry casks are picking up and will be a big player in the future. Peated whiskies matured in sherry casks seem to be a new trend that’s catching up as well.

What is it that you enjoy the most about the industry ?
The pleasure of traveling and getting people to taste and enjoy the exceptional creations that we’ve crafted is perhaps what I enjoy the most.

What has surprised you most about your involvement within the industry  ?

That there’s still so much more scope for beautiful whiskies in the world.

How has the industry changed since you have been involved?
The industry has really changed now and today we see a need for high quality products where price is not a major factor. And this is the case especially in India. However even internationally people are prepared to pay for quality products.

Have you got a favourite whisky?
Within my portfolio it would be the non pleated variants especially Brilliance and our upcoming special release Kanya.
Another favourite would be the Pappy Van 23.



I have to say a very big thank you to all the team at Paul John for the help and support in getting this interview with Mr Paul John and my other interview with master distiller Michael D Souza into a reality.. Over the past several months I have had the extreme pleasure of working alongside some of the people involved with Paul John whisky and I have to say the product is a true testament to the hard work Mr Paul John and his team put in.. Over the past few days and months the company has picked up a number of awards for the products and Mr Paul John was recently voted World Whisky Ambassador of the year 2017, so congratulations to you and your whole team..   Long may your success continue.






11 Comments Add yours

  1. Louis says:

    Nice blog right here! Additionally enjoying the series from insiders like this one.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Yet another interesting addition to your blog sorren ! A great read with genuine passion from Paul John.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Alison C says:

    Another good read in your series, great information, with great passion. Well done.


  4. Jamie says:

    A very good read, enjoying the series as it is full of great information, and gives us an idea of the passion these individuals have for the job.


  5. George, elPolako says:

    This is a highlight of the series so far. Right in time of picking another award, Paul John whisky makes more than a splash in the sea of liquid gold. This brand is destined to be on the top of ranks worldwide. Hopefully we can have at least some of the expressions available in Canada. If not… Well begging on whiskyfabric might bring some samples :).

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Craig says:

    Sorren, Things great, got the samples you sent so thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. sorrenkrebs says:

    Thanks Craig.. How’s things ?


  8. What an exciting read. This has definitely increased my interest in purchasing Paul John single malt whisky. I hope they hit shelves in my two homes of Seoul, S Korea, or Winnipeg, Canada in the near future.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. sorrenkrebs says:

    Thanks Sarah.. glad your enjoying the features.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Craig says:

    Great feature Sorren, the series is going from strength to strength.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Sarah says:

    What a lovely read.

    Interesting, informative and another insight into the passions of those that give us some wonderful whiskies to sip, savour, and enjoy!


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