A Typical Tell-Tale of Paul John – An Indian Single Malt Whisky

As a whisky aficionado, you’re no doubt familiar with the big players in the market – Scotland, Ireland, and the United States. However, you may not be aware of the fact that India has been producing whisky for centuries.

According to International Wine and Spirits Research, 193.1 million nine-liter cases of whisky (98.24 per cent of which was made in India) were consumed in India in 2016. his means that the majority of whisky is being consumed by India.

It is being consumed at a higher rate than other countries, and that overall consumption has gone up significantly. Let’s discuss how this number got to be so big, and why it should matter to you like a whisky connoisseur.

A Brief History of Paul John

Paul John is a brand of Indian single malt whisky that comes from malted barley and imported peat and is distilled in copper stills and matured in charred oak casks. Manufactured by John Distilleries, it uses traditional methods to create a product that is both distinctively Indian and distinctly excellent.

Indian whisky maker John Distilleries is based in Bangalore and its single malt distillery is located in Goa. The distillery can produce 6000 litres of whisky a day. And it has a cellar with around 10,000 barrels.

It has been making blended whisky since 1996, but in 2008 it decided to produce single malt whisky to enter the premium end of the market. Goa has a tropical monsoon climate which is hot and humid for most of the year.

In May, daytime temperatures are above 90 degrees Fahrenheit coupled with high humidity. This product is unusual because it’s a lot sweeter than most whiskies. It’s put in barrels at a higher alcohol content, and the alcohol content increases over time due to heat.

Paul John Single Cask 161 Whisky is the first bottling of Paul John Whisky, a whisky made exclusively from Indian malted barley distilled twice in traditional copper stills, and aged for an unspecified period in first-fill charred American casks.

Top Expressions from Paul John

  1. Nirvana 

Nirvana is a captivating and sweet combination. With a combination of honeycomb, vanilla, and caramel pudding, Nirvana guides you into all that is sublime. With scents of bourbon, fruitcake, and delectable caramel pudding, salt-tinged barley and succulent vanilla flavors, it is one of the best expressions of the company.

  1. Brilliance 

This Indian Single Malt whisky comes from Goa. It is non-chill filtered, meaning it has not gone through the process of removing the chill, which makes it smoother. It also contains no peat, making it milder than most Scotch whisky.

  1. Edited 

This superbly crafted single malt from Goa uses a distinctively chosen cask profile to deliver a hint of peatiness. Imbibe the versatility of this great Indian single malt, which is expertly blended with a perfect balance of flavor.

  1. Bold 

Bold distinctively showcases the spirit of Goa with its exuberant and boisterous nature. The silky malt is infused with honey-tinged oak, as well as a hefty spice that gives it a distinctively bold taste.

The Takeaway 

Paul John Whisky is owned by the John Distilleries Company, which claims to have invented the Indian-style single malt whisky in 1948. It relocated from Bangalore to Goa in 1972 more for social reasons than anything else, but that shift of locale didn’t change its focus on traditional methods of distillation.