While the first is unpeated and made with Indian 6-row barley, the Edited version uses about 15% peated spirit, made with imported Scottish barley. It gives the malted barley a phenol level of about 20-25 ppm. Like Brilliance, it is matured in ex-bourbon casks.
Paul John Edited (46%, OB 2013)
Nose: sweet honey and juicy barley, oranges and peaches. Ripe banana. Some damp earthy notes, rather than a clear peat blast – this is quite subtle. Becomes lightly tropical, with some pink grapefruit and papaya. Vanilla cream too.
Mouth: apples and peaches before it goes to rougher grainy notes, porridge and green, vegetal notes. Quite dusty and peppery. Again not the usual peat smoke but rather a medicinal overtone. Cinnamon. Not as pleasant as the nose, there’s something acrid and unbalanced about it.
Finish: medium long, caramel with antiseptics and peat?
They’re not at the same level as Amrut’s whisky for instance, but it’s not bad either. I just think their Brilliance was… well… slightly more brilliant. Around € 60.