John Distilleries was founded by Paul John in 1992, when they began producing a number of spirits, including Indian molasses ‘whisky’. One of their most well-known products, Original Choice, continues to be extremely popular to this day, selling 10 million cases annually.
John would go on to set up a traditional pot-still distillery in Goa with the intention of producing a top quality Indian single malt whisky. The first of these whiskies were released in 2012, under the name Paul John Single Malt. The range has continued to grow, and so has their trophy cabinet, with their expressions receiving awards from the World Whisky Masters and Wizards of Whisky, as well as high praise from Jim Murray.
Their splendid selection includes both unpeated and peated single malts, most of which are matured in ex-bourbon casks, though there have been a smattering of Sherry cask releases over the years. The angels are rather greedy when it comes to Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky, because India is, y’know, a bit hotter than Scotland, meaning there’s more evaporation from the casks, but it also shows well at a younger age.