Whisky Review: Paul John “Oloroso”

Style: Sweet and Complex

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 aroma, whereas the spice is muscular but not aggressive. Exquisite nose.

Chilli spice entrance. Big vanilla malt and beaming red berries swirling around each other – strawberries, raspberries and cranberries drizzled with treacle, muscavado sugar sprinkles blending into vanilla cream and nut crumbles. Light brushes of herbal tone slowly emerges, almost grassy at times. Warm, oily mouthfeel. Very enjoyable texture on the palate. Almonds and probably light smoke (?) stays around towards the end.

Subtle molasses, vanilla oil and coconut milk with a soft ending of green herbs.

I was told that Paul John Oloroso is matured in Bourbon cask for 3 years and finished in Oloroso sherry cask for an extra 4 yours (that’s double maturation in my book, but hey, not important). It is amazing to see how well the sherry red fruits has been built into the malt. It gives an extra dimension, smooths the edges of the spirit with an elegant touch. The spice brings intensity but the heat is nicely tamed. Nice flavours, composed with great complexity. Remarkable dram! 

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[57.4% • 2016 • Original Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Batch: 1 • 252 Bottles • Quick Impression]