Paul John Nirvana
Since 2012, Paul John has offered three core single malts and a number of limited expressions, but in April 2019, they added Nirvana as the fourth member of their core range. Nirvana is an unpeated Indian single malt whisky made from a blend of second and third-fill bourbon barrels that have aged for a minimum of three years before being bottled at 40% ABV.
Paul John whiskies are made at the John Distilleries in Goa, on the west coast of India. And, from 1992 until 2012, Paul John only sold what is known as Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) which are column still cane spirits designed to mimic international liquors such as blended Scotch.
Nose: The nose is a fantastic combination of yeasty malt and tropical fruits. As you enjoy the aroma there are notes of pineapple, light honey, ripe green pears, and gram cracker. It is a beautiful aroma that lingers in the glass and meant to be enjoyed.
Palate: When you first take a sip, the whisky is very bright and crisp on the tongue similar to a minerally chardonnay. Mid-palate you notice flavors of passion fruit and honeysuckle as well as light tannins from the oak barrels.
Finish: On the finish, the whisky lingers on your tongue with warm notes of malt, honey gram cracker, and underripe banana with just a hint of oak.
Conclusion: Overall Paul John Nirvana is a wonderful single malt that is light, bright, fruity, and exudes vitality. From the first sip, I was completely enamored with this whisky and I am blown away at how affordable it is for the quality of the whisky. If you like malt whisky and have been looking for a great everyday kind of single malt that tastes great and won’t kill your wallet, Nirvana is it.