Paul John Classic
Paul John Classic Select Cask 55.2% Non-Chill Filtered and Cask Strength and Natural Color
My wife originally got me into the Paul John whiskies. She was always on the lookout for something new for me to try and she came home with a bottle of Paul John before I had an opportunity to try Amrut even though I had read all the raving reviews about Amrut. I think the select cask peated was the first one she came home with and from that bottle I was sold. This was probably about 2 years ago and now, since then, I have made it a point to try everything in their core lineup, and I can tell you that it’s all good. This one however stands out above the others to me. You can read about it on their site here https://pauljohnwhisky.com/en/singlemalt/classic
The smell is a strong blast of green/unripe fruit – banana, kiwi, almond, honey, spice, and a little bourbon heat. Really nice and very unique
The taste is a little hot without water but after the burn you can taste some excellent barley sugar, honey, almonds, vanilla, grains. With water the banana and kiwi flavors come out. Clove, grain sugars, and sour cherry. This is really good and different.
The finish is long with all the unripe fruits and clove spice.
This is such a good and odd/unique whiskey. I really enjoy this and while it’s priced around $80 I think it’s well worth it. I have seen it as low at $60 in some places but no matter the price it’s worth your time. It’s very different but very nice. If you have the opportunity to grab any bottle of the Paul John core range I would recommend it but this one in particular is excellent.
Overall Grade: A