I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in a Paul John whisky tweet tasting run by Steve Rush from The Whisky Wire and on the night we had 4 whiskies to try the Brilliance and Edited at 46%, a classic select cask at 55.2% and a Peated select cask at 55.5%.
Brilliance 46%, Nose, caramel, vanilla, creamy toffee, slightly floral, with a citrus edge. Palate, great mouthfeel, wood, spices, some lemon juice drizzled sliced apples to stop them turning brown. This has a lovely sweet slightly hot finish.
Edited 46% Nose, wafts of peat, caramel, spicy, slightly medicinal, old wooden rooms and a touch of cream. Palate, sweet peat, with juicy fruits and a dirty earthy note that brings it all together nicely leading into a black cardamon dominated finish.
Classic Select Cask 55.2% Nose, spicy, hot, sweet vanilla, burnt icing sugar, lots in there but the high abv makes it one to approach cautiosly. Palate, dried figs, oak, black pepper, leather leading into a dry spicy finish.
Peated select cask 55.5% Nose, damp wood ash, iodine, peppery and spiced but with a sweetness of vanilla coated pumpkin seeds. Palate, fruity, peaty, tagine spices, liqourice leading into a dry finish again with liqourice dominating.
Thanks to Steve Rush, Paul John whisky and The Great Whisky Co. for a great tasting.