GSN Review: Paul John Christmas Edition 2021 Indian Single Malt Whisky

Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky, produced at John Distilleries in Goa, India, recently introduced Paul John Christmas Edition 2021. The fourth in the annual series of holiday releases, this festive peated malt is now available in the United States.

Non-chill filtered and with no added colors or flavors, Paul John Single Malts are created from six-row barley harvested from across Rajasthan to the foothills of the Himalayas and distilled in specially-designed copper pot stills with longer necks that result in fruitier spirits. To create Paul John Christmas Edition 2021, the liquid is matured in ex-bourbon barrels and a mélange of port and madeira casks in coastal Goa, where the tropical climate helps the whiskies mature faster with an angel’s share of eight percent.

Paul John Christmas Edition 2021 joins the Great Indian Single Malt portfolio alongside core and additional limited-edition expressions including Nirvana, Brilliance, Edited, Bold, Classic Select Cask, Peated Select Cask, Pedro Ximénez (PX) Select Cask, Oloroso Select Cask and The Zodiac Series.

This exotic, multi-faceted expression features a nose of caramel, orange marmalade, a touch of coconut and sweet berries with a contrast of dry raisins. The palate is rich and creamy, with butterscotch and spice balanced perfectly on light peat and barley. The finish of alluring spice, smoke and flavorful cocoa is long and satisfying, beautifully capturing the essence of the holiday season.

GSN’s Remarks: Very much in line with a holiday dessert table. Notes of fruitcake, spiced oranges, brandied raisins, caramel and spice cake all play a role in this melange of flavors. Some slight smokiness keeps things in line with whisky, but overall this is a fruity and light spirit. The body is near creamy and the finish is long, soft and ends with some high spice notes. Overall, you can’t go wring with this lovely limited edition. GSN Rating: A+

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