Paul John Brilliance Single Malt Review

Paul John Brilliance Single Malt Review

Paul John Brilliance Single Malt is fun and interesting. It’s a malt heavy whisky hailing from India and like its competitor Amrut they’re doing things right. It’s tasty, aromatic and fun. Founded in 1992 this young distillery is making waves in the whisky world and helping to push the Indian Whisky category further out onto the world stage.

In Paul John’s Words: Paul John Brilliance Single Malt

“All the brilliance of Goa is bottled up in this Single Malt. Its sparkling hues are reminiscent of sun-kissed beaches. The six-row barley for this whisky comes from the foothills of the Himalayas. Brilliance is matured in bourbon casks, to give you absolute sensory delight. It couldn’t gather more brilliance than this!”

And on to the Paul John Brilliance Single Malt review!

Paul John Brilliance Single Malt Info

Region: India

Distiller: Paul John
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon
Age: NAS
ABV: 46%

Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Price: $45

Paul John Brilliance Single Malt Review

EYE
Copper

NOSE
Honied apples; raw malt, oily spice, yeasty biscuits, hay, toffee taffy and a light bit of citrus and copper. The sweet malt heavy quality of the nose is perfectly pleasant.

PALATE
Copper fruit; Hay-like malt, spice, biscuits, toffee and a light earthy tone. Not quite as dynamic as the nose, but enjoyable just the same.

FINISH
Medium fizzle of malt, copper, dried fruit and vanilla sweetness.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Ok balance, medium body and a light syrupy feel.

OVERALL
Paul John Brilliance Single Malt has a solid malt forward character that’s lovely, but limited. I’ve had Paul John at a lot of events over the last year and it’s been fun to get to try so many expressions of this whisky but this is the first time I’ve been able to just sit and enjoy one of their expressions. Being the flagship expression I wasn’t expecting too much and while it’s not insanely complex there’s definitely nothing to complain about. It’s warm, malty and has just enough heat to let you know it’s not toothless.

Being the flagship expression I wasn’t expecting too much and while it’s not insanely complex there’s definitely nothing to complain about. It’s warm, malty and has just enough heat to let you know it’s not toothless. Paul John Brilliance Single Malt is decent stuff and if you can get it for a good price it’s worth a try.

SCORE: 85/100 (B)

Paul John Brilliance Single Malt - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 85
  • Palate - 85
  • Finish - 85
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 85

Summary

Paul John Brilliance Single Malt is decent.

Paul John Brilliance Single Malt Label

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