Paul John Christmas Edition (2022)

Paul John Christmas Edition (2022)

I’ve heard nice things about the Christmas Edition 2022 from Paul John, and the ones from previous years in fact. It is the fifth time they’re launching a limited edition for Christmas, if I’m not mistaken. It is a combination of standard ex-bourbon casks that were finished in either Paul John XO French oak brandy casks or ex-Oloroso casks that held peated Paul John whisky. An eclectic recipe.

This Indian single malt was launched as a single malt in 2012, in the slipstream of Amrut. The distillery is located in Goa on India’s west coast, where the tropical climate makes whisky mature faster with a high angel’s share. The whisky is distilled from six-row barley and matured onsite.

The list of Paul John reviews on this website is not very long. I think the best expression I had so far was the 6 year-old from That Boutique-y Whisky Co.


Paul John Christmas Edition (46%, OB 2022, brandy + Oloroso finish)

Nose: rounded and sweet, with vanilla ice cream and fruit syrup coming out. Apricots and yellow apples, as well as hints of marzipan and cinnamon pastry. There’s a bit of newish oak too. Spicy notes (nutmeg, pepper) take us back to Christmas indeed.

Mouth: less refined than we hoped. It’s fairly oily and there’s a nice underlying fruitiness (pear, peach), but the spice is taking the upper hand. Nutmeg, pepper and clove. Some tangy wood as well, adding chestnuts and a harsh, lightly bitter edge.

Finish: medium long and bittersweet. Still quite woody, with pepper, nutty hints and orange peels.

This started in a nice way, but can’t keep up on the palate. Obviously spicy notes are part of the Christmasy feeling, but the harsh woody side is too overpowering. I got a sample from