A Chat with Mr. Paul John from Paul John Indian Single Malt

Earlier this month I have been invited to sit down and chat with the man behind Paul John distillery, Mr. Paul P. John himself to share a few drams and talk about the whisky. He visited Sydney for a tasting and public greeting event, which was held in J&M Cocktail Bar in Angel Place. It is…

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Whisky Review: Paul John “Oloroso”

Style: Sweet and Complex Nose: Oloroso sherry trot gently over the surface. Then we have fragrant, silky red fruits elegantly weaved their way into signature Paul John nutty, vanilla core with an herbal overtone. Eye catching roasted peanuts, white flowers fluttering on the ridge of deep mineral spice. White pepper and timber scattering across the…

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Whisky Review: Ardbeg “Kelpie” Special Committee Only Edition

  Style: Smoky and Peaty Nose: Sooty peat teams up with fragrant wood spices on the nose. A deep wave of dry punchy spices rushing in together with brushes of sardines, minerals and seaweed. Gradually chocolate and subtle lemon sponge cake approaches with a peppermint kiss. Rather dry and spicy aroma, especially at this strength.…

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First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Lochside Distilled 1991

[43%・10 Years Old・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling] Nose: Nose of an old school Highland whisky, clean soft malt setting the tone with infusion from sweet Seville oranges gifting the dram a jammy presence. Mellow cedar wood with a whiff of white floral note elongating the simplistic enjoyment. Palate & Finish: Orange sorbet and mango frozen yoghurt,…

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Whisky Review: Dalwhinnie 15 Years Old

Style: Rich and Delicate Nose: A delicate but rich honey scent rises from the glass, fresh barley, Chinese melon candy, tailing with a blotch of dry smoke. Beautiful stuff. Do some light digging we have grass oil, vanilla ice cream and lightly charred wood spice. Smooth, rich flavours with exceptional texture and balance. Palate: Neat…

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First Impression: Caol Ila Wild & Primitive 1998

[53.4%・18 Years Old・Silvano Samaroli Bottling・Cask 10740] Nose: A soothing wave of peat carries lime essence across, the sea breeze bringing along hint of seaweed, bits of smoked biltong and a sprinkle of sichimi spices. Palate & Finish: A voluminous delivery of lemony oiliness that glides and coats the tastebuds effortlessly, a real showstopper. The peat…

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First Impression: Cragganmore Seduction 1997

[45%・19 Years Old・Silvano Samaroli Bottling・Cask 1139] Nose: Crisp waxy red apples on the nose, the fragrant and buttery aromas are very breathable, with none of the volatile irritants and none of the spices that need to be overlooked, just blissfulness in its purest form. Palate & Finish: A sense of tranquility on the palate, it’s…

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First Impression: Highland Park Flowing Feature 1992

[45%・24 Years Old・Silvano Samaroli Bottling・Cask 1252] Nose: Rose petals and orchards, the grassiness gets blended in like a roll of superfine wool, a tastefully maintained lawn on the front yard. Marzipan and other fresh orchard fruits complete the picture. Palate & Finish: A playful delivery, lightness dancing on the palate with green bananas and fruit…

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First Impression: Glen Grant Celebration 1985

[45%・30 Years Old・Silvano Samaroli Bottling・Cask 10196] Nose: Aromas one desires the most in the morning.. a rich toffee note that is most endearing served with freshly brewed café au lait. The vanilla note is elegantly inserted and is incredibly indulgent, it pairs well with fresh pear purée and cremè caramel. Palate & Finish: English tea…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Glenlossie 1992 Aged 22 Years

Style: Delicate and Rich Fruits Nose: Light grassy hue spraying over a thick layer of rich, ripe citrus and tropical fruits. Overripe mango, balmy coconut sago pudding and a drop of sweet orange oil. Peppermint and wood spice infused into the sweetness. The grassy side gives a touch of dryness to balance the aroma. Very…

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