Paul John Oloroso – Select Cask

ABV: 48 %
Origin: India
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and spicy oak. At first there’s a massive thick, sweet and dark fruitiness with raisins, overripe plums and black coffee liqueur with a fresh aromatic oakiness within. It takes a while for it to settle and actually become a whisky since the sherry finish is overpowering everything and creates an air tight sealed lid above the distillate. After a while cinnamon and vanilla start to come through around the edges. This is a nice and powerful nose but it lacks depth because all the power sits on top.

Mouth: It starts out with a fresh lemon backdrop and dark bitter coffee notes up front. There’s blueberries, black grapes, raisins and cocoa powder in between. The lemon notes really push through with time. There’s a chili spicyness as well. It feels very fruity due to the sour lemon but it still has a very dark character and a massive sherry impact on top. This creates depth and makes it more interesting than the nose suggests. It becomes somewhat astringent after a while.

Finish: It starts out with the chili spicyness increasing in intensity. When it dies down it reveals a tropical fruitiness hidden within with notes of pineapple and mangos. The darker notes are now more leaning towards coffee and the darker fruitiness is residing. The aromatic oakiness returns and it’s a very nice freshly planed oak. This is a great whisky and a massive sherry bomb. It lacks some complexity due to the thick sherry lid which makes the fruity nice distillate a disservice.

Additional information
This expression was aged 5 years in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished for 2 years in ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.


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