John Distilleries Private Limited

Established in 1996, John Distilleries grew to be a leading Alco-Bev company, not just in India but across the globe as well. The company owns a strong portfolio of brands across various categories including Whisky, Brandy, Rum, Premium Wines and Single Malts. The flagship brand of the company, Original Choice, is one of the top-selling brands in India's popular whisky segment and is one of the top 10 selling whiskies worldwide, with sales exceeding 11 million cases a year. Today the company is the 4th largest liquor company in the country by volume with a production spread across 12 locations & 8 states in India.

With its golden beaches, delectable food and warm hospitality, Goa was but the perfect choice to set up the Paul John malt plant.

The Paul John Single Malts were launched in the UK in 2012 and were soon acclaimed to be equal to or even better than the single malts produced elsewhere, including Scotland. Approval from single malt enthusiasts and innumerable global awards further proved our excellence. Recognition from the single malt palate encouraged us to take our single malts across the world. Today the Paul John Single Malts are available across 40 countries and 8 Duty-Free Shops.

Paul John Whisky has 7 core expressions, the Zodiac series, the Christmas Edition series and occasional limited and single cask releases as well. The portfolio includes 3 flagship expressions - Brilliance, Edited and Bold; 4 Select Cask expressions - Classic, Peated Oloroso and PX. Limited editions - Oloroso and Mars Orbiter and the award-winning expressions of our Zodiac Series - Kanya by Paul John and Mithuna by Paul John. All our expressions are above 46% ABV and are non-chill filtered, with no extra flavours or additives. Each expression of our single malts has won immense appreciation and several acclaimed international awards across countries.

Our Story

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 17 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 Roulette, Big Banyan Wines and recently launched Malhar Indian Craft Gins. Sazerac, the second-largest family-owned spirits company in the US, has 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 1992 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.


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 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.