Paul John Bold – Peated

ABV: 46 %
Origin: India
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a warm peatiness coming through with hay, campfire smoke and a savory note coming from the back. There’s honey and vanilla covering the peat. There’s also a medicinal iodine note coming through. After a few seconds a thin veil of unidentifiable fruitiness becomes detectable. This is a very straight forward, slightly uninteresting nose.

Mouth: It starts out with the peatiness filling up the edges and a spicyness with a young distillate in the center with lemon, wet cardboard and a metallic note. The sweetness is subdued and sits near the peat on the edges. It’s quite bitter in the background with hints of coffee and the medicinal side to it remain.

Finish: The peatiness subsides rather quickly and leaves a bitter oakiness in the middle. There are still notes of the distillate coming through with mainly cardboard and the metallic note, which is becoming more and more noticable as the finish progresses. There’s still a medicinal iodine note and after a few seconds there’s a toothpaste note somewhere on top. The peatiness return in the late finish but it really can’t make up for the rather bad finish. This is not a great whisky by any means. It’s peaty, but it’s not especially bold.

Additional information
This expression was released in 2015 as a core range whisky. It’s made with indian barley smoked with islay peat. The PPM level is 25. It’s aged in first and second fill ex-bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

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