• Knight Ponderers

May 2019 - World Whisky

A trio of curveballs for May! The Ponderers were set to work guessing the national origin of each of the three whiskies (with no. 2 being a bit of a trick question...). We opened with an Indian Whisky, which had a tough act to follow after the very positive reception the Amrut received many tastings ago. This was followed by a limited run blend of various nations, selected and blended by the Whisky Magazine Editors. The final whisky was from the Netherlands, a sherry casked pour, which again no-one guessed the origin of!


1. Paul John Brilliance (Paul John)

  • 46% ABV

  • RRP: £34.95 (Master of Malt)

Following the Amrut Fusion as our second Indian Whisky was always going to be a tough act to follow! This received very mixed reviews from the group, ranging from 2 stars to 4 stars out of 5.

Natural colour and non-chill filtered is always a good start... The nose gives a fairly rich brown sugar aroma with faint spices coming to the fore. Warming on the palate, not the smoothest of drams, but the long finish does offer some positive news, as this left a pleasant mouth feel and invited a second visit. Not offensive; but perhaps the name 'Brilliance' is signing cheques that it can't necessarily cash...

Tasting Notes (courtesy of Master of Malt)

Nose: Good core of juicy barley. Ryvita with salted butter. Cinnamon-dusted-red berries, with a little green apple skin following it up.

Palate: Chomp Bars - lots of chewy caramel and chocolate here. Picks up from lively spice along the way, with a little bit of waxy orange peel on the mid palate.

Finish: Orange lingers. Surprisingly long, with the rye notes from the nose coming back in full force.


2. Whisky Magazine Editor's Blend 2018

  • 44.4% ABV

  • RRP: £62.95 (Master of Malt)

After the limited edition offering that we had in April's tasting, we followed up with an even smaller bottling run. Only 242 bottles were released, commemorating Whisky Magazine's 150th issue. This received mixed plaudits, well received by some of the club, but others thought it was a bit gimmicky with all of the different nations, and perhaps a bit muddled in it's flavour intentions.

Tasting Notes (courtesy of Master of Malt)

Nose: Caraway, caramel and orange peel. A slight whiff of peat warmth.

Palate: Toffee apple and soft oak smokiness, with fresh papaya underneath.

Finish: Lingering citrus freshness and some peppery spice.


3. Millstone 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Matured

  • 46.0% ABV

  • RRP: £91.95 (Master of Malt)

Slightly better received than the preceding whiskies (although this seems to be the general trend once we are a couple down...!) this one brought all the classic flavours that you expect from a sherry casked number. This example was perhaps too sweet for some, but was generally well received. Strong brown sugar/muscavado flavours from the outset, followed by waves of Christmas cake, with other fruit thrown in for good measure, and a nice rounded finish. Certainly a good showing from an unexpected origin.

Tasting Notes (courtesy of Master of Malt)

Nose: Raspberry, cherry and brown sugar. Punchy citrus and ginger.

Palate: Curaçao orange, stewed plums, thick Oloroso Sherry and caramel.

Finish: Christmas cake, cinnamon and lacquered wood. 

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