At Paul John Whisky, the creation of pure liquid gold with rich aromas, exotic flavours and delectable spices is but an exquisite art. Years of research and study on distillation and the country’s whisky culture convinced Mr Paul P John that he could create a single malt that would present the innumerable hues of India, a single malt made in India not just for Indians to relish but for the whole world to experience- ‘The Great Indian Single Malt’.
Founded in 1996, today with sales of more than 15 million cases, John Distilleries is also the manufacturer of the world's sixth-largest whisky brand - Original Choice Whisky. Paul John, a single malt whisky from John Distilleries, has been gaining a reputation in the niche market. Its other major brands include Bangalore Malt, Black Pelican Fine Whisky, Mont Castle French Grape Brandy and Big Banyan Wines. Sazerac, the second-largest family-owned spirits company in the US, has taken a strategic investment in John Distilleries.
Man Behind The Brand
To break into the higher echelons of the Single Malt world is no mean task. But Paul P. John, the Chairman of John Distilleries Pvt Ltd, wanted to create an Indian Single Malt that would enthral even the truest whisky connoisseur. Guided by his singular passion, tomes of wisdom and the extraordinary skill of his Master Distiller Michael D’Souza; they set forth on the journey to create the Great Indian Single Malt. With each sip of every expression, one can relish with fervour, the rich flavours of India. Paul P John ventured into the alcohol beverage industry in 1996 and within a short span of just over a decade, his reach spread from his headquarters in Bangalore, Karnataka to neighbouring states and across seas. It is his zeal to surpass the ordinary that led him to create a range of exceptional award-winning single malts, fine whiskies & wines.
Man Behind The Brand
Paul P John, Chairman of John Distilleries, ventured into the alcohol beverage industry in 1996 and within a short span of just over a decade, his reach spread from his headquarters in Bangalore, Karnataka to neighbouring states in India and beyond seas as well.
His personal passion for single malts led him to create the Paul John Indian Single Malts. After intense and in-depth research he realized that premium single malts can be created in India using native ingredients, hence he strode ahead, putting up the malt plant in Goa and eventually creating some of the finest single malts the world has enjoyed. Launched in international markets, each expression of his single malts has won immense appreciation and innumerable acclaimed international awards.
Guided by his passion, tomes of wisdom and the extraordinary skill of his Master Distiller Michael D’souza, he has thus been able to bring the soul of India to the rest of the world.
6-Row Barley from Foothills of Himalayas
We use six row barley sourced from across the vast lands of Rajasthan and Haryana to the foothills of Himalayas. Due to high fiber and protein content, the six row barley offers a distinct and bold depth of character to the spirit. The more proteins and tannins in the barley the more of fatty acids that add to the whisky’s robust character.
Owing to the higher husk content, the barley produces an oilier wash. This obviously translates to an oilier, richer spirit. This is one of the key reasons why all Paul John whiskies are bottled at least 46% and are all non chill-filtered.
The Indian 6-Row Barley is used create the unique flavour profile of Paul John Single malts. Although the strain of barley has a lower yield in comparison to commercially used 2-row barley, its superior quality makes it our raw material of choice. It is also higher in protein content and lends to more robust flavours in our single malts.
Goa & Water
Goa was specially chosen as the home of our single malts, not just for its unique micro-climate but also because the destination holds a special place in Mr Paul P John’s heart. Having always enjoyed the beaches, food and the warmth of its people, Goa was but the perfect choice to set up the malt plant. Water is one of the most important ingredients in the making of whisky and the pure underground table of water in Goa, along with rain-fed water sources and water flowing through the Western Ghats that are naturally filtered through the Goan wetlands, ensure the quality of our whiskies, with its perfect balance of minerals.
Our Copper pot-stills, custom-made exclusively for Paul John whisky in India, were specially designed with long necks to create fruitier spirits. Double-distillation in these pot-stills prolong intimate contact with the copper thus rendering a distinct, rich and full-bodied flavour to the new-make spirit. Paul John whisky has two sets of pot stills.
The 2 stage pot distillation comprises of a ball-shaped Wash Still and an onion-shaped Spirit Still that helps our single malts get its unique flavours. Copper helps remove impurities by reacting with the sulphuric compounds present in the newly distilled spirit, giving a smooth, clear finish to the un-aged whisky.
There are three warehouses at the Paul John malt plant. The underground warehouse has a capacity of 4000 casks with a comfortable temperature and is less humid. The upper warehouses are warmer at ground level and house about 12000 casks. Once used American oak bourbon barrels from the United States are used to age the new make spirit. Goa’s tropical climate increases the rate at which Paul John whisky matures. High temperatures are believed to accelerate the creation of intense flavours as the whisky matures in oak barrels. A whisky develops different compositions of flavours at different temperatures, so the Indian single malt whisky has its own unique configuration of flavours.
Toast to the Great Indian Single Malt
Our award winning distillery produces close to 12 expressions ranging from 40% (ABV) - 57.8% (ABV). Our flagship expressions include BRILLIANCE, EDITED and BOLD with 46% (ABV) each. Our non-chill filtered expression, “BRILLIANCE”, is a completely non-Peated whisky. “EDITED” has a hint of peat, and “BOLD” is a bold Peated whisky. All our ingredients our sourced from India including the 6 row barley. We import our peat from Scotland.
"NIRVANA" with 40% (ABV), is a captivating expression from the Goan shores of India, and arouses the senses with a soft whiff of bourbon, fruitcake and an enticing caramel pudding. We have our Select Casks at higher strength, the “CLASSIC” and the “PEATED,” which are 55% (ABV) and 57.5% (ABV) respectively and the PEDRO XIMENEZ SELECT CASK 48% (ABV) and OLOROSO SELECT CASK 48% (ABV).
Our Zodiac series was launched with the release of "KANYA by Paul John" 50% (ABV). Matured for 7 years in American white oak casks, its delectable aromas of citrusy spice and tropical fruit lure you to savour its creamy, butterscotch sweetness. Our rarities include the “MARS ORBITER” 57.8% (ABV) and the “CHRISTMAS EDITIONS 2018 and 2019” 46% (ABV). Mars Orbiter proffers intense and dramatic aromas of peat tinged with orange peel and a sweet barley and the Christmas Edition 2019 has exquisite aromas of orange blossom honey, pralines and luscious baked apples that enhance delightful flavours of sweet honey, fine raisins and dry plum.