Best Asian Whisky 2018 - Kanya by Paul John

Published by Whisky Bible 2018 on 01-Jan-2018.

Whisky Bible 2018 - "Paul John Kanya, deft acacia and heather-honey mingle contentedly with the heavier oaky notes to offer a subdued sweetness but one which compliments the intense malt perfectly; ah…! Those honeys are unleashed early on, seemingly free of their oaky shackles and help drive the salivating qualities of the barley through the roof; excellent oils with a gentle liquorice and hickory. A little citrus darts around but very much hanging on to the coat-tails of the malt; long, thanks to those never-ending oils. Even towards the finale there is still Manuka honey to be found with the sub-strata of soft caramel taking the sting out of the gathering spice; when a distillery can find honey at the very end of the its flavour range and profile, you know they have cracked it. Superb! 50%."

Score : 96 Points, by Jim Murray, Whisky Bible 2018.

ABV 50%

This exotic unpeated expression from the sunny shores of Goa, encapsulates a tender innocence enhanced with hints of honeyed fruitiness and a soft tinge of spice.

Ruled by Mercury and symbolised by the virgin, Kanya is the dignified Indian counterpart of the highly appealing Virgo, the sixth zodiac sign of the universe. With its earthy, feminine sensuousness, this deep amber expression personifies the intrinsic characteristics of the Kanya. 

Matured for 7 years in American white oak casks, its delectable aromas of citrusy spice and tropical fruit lures you to savour its creamy, butterscotch sweetness. The satisfying finish of toasted oak with warm wafts of spice has just the slightest hint of salt, making it ever more memorable.

With rare complexities and an exquisitely balanced dryness, the Kanya, in all its luscious allure, is perhaps one of the softest Indian whiskies ever to be bottled.

Nose : A light citrus with manuka honey arrives early; an intense malt is infused with ripe peach, apricot and vanilla.

Taste : Superb mouthfeel of rich creaminess. The oak delivers a soft, sweet, delectable butterscotch.

Finish : Warm spices suffuse the toasted oak, and the slightest of saltiness ensures the friendliest of finishes.

Balance : A very complex whisky, the big malt and intricately well balanced dryness makes this whisky one of the softest Indian whiskies ever bottled.

Kanya is now available in USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands and India (Goa only). Click here to find the store near you.

Note* Kanya is a Limited Edition Whisky, please check with your retailer regarding the availability or write to us at We will be happy to guide you.

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