Paul John’s Christmas Version 2021 is upon us, an unique peated single malt whisky produced in Goa, India, aged in ex-bourbon barrels and “completed in a mélange of Port and Madeira casks.” As at all times, the whisky is created from six-row barley as a substitute of the extra typical two-row, non chill-filtered and with no added colours or flavors.
Designed to be a festive possibility for the vacations, the whisky is exuberant and enjoyable, the Madeira notes heavy with basic oxidized wine components. Sharp and fruity, there’s acquired a a lot bolder physique than the nostril would point out, pushed by a daring honey character than mixes with its nutty components to evoke a notice of baklava. Hints of pistachio, vanilla, and orange peel all really feel proper at house, some grapefruit peel notes including a contact extra citrus. The end sees unique chai spice and Turkish rug store notes making an look. All informed, it’s a whisky that very a lot evokes the vacation in its identify — and which stands as a present favourite expression from the model.
92 proof. Reviewed: Batch #01.
A- / $85 / pauljohnwhisky.com