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Paul John Brilliance

(70cl, 46%)

Paul John Brilliance

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Paul John Brilliance Bottling Note

Produced by John Distilleries in Goa, India, the Paul John range of single malt whiskies (named after their Chairman) represents a move into premium spirits for a company who are already big players in the Indian molasses 'whisky' market.

Made using Indian 6-row barley from the Himalayan foothills, Brilliance is matured in bourbon barrels for 3-5 years before bottling at cask strength. (As with Amrut, the tropical climate cause greater evaporation, around 12-13% a year, but in turn they show very well at younger ages.)

Tasting Note by The Chaps at 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.

Overall: A fine Indian single malt from John Distilleries.

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Paul John Brilliance Reviews


Fantastic Whiskey and truly enjoyed the smooth flavour of single malt.

25th October 2020

A delight.

Purchased Brilliance a few years ago. Opened August 2020. Love it. Have been privileged to enjoy Cardhu Glenchinchie Cragganmore Oban Glengoyne Dalwhinnie all 12 years plus. This compares very well. For those who like me favour unpeated single malts I whole heartedly recommend Paul John Brilliance.

30th August 2020

Value for Money


28th August 2020

Good One

Good single malt and affordable whiskey from Paul John.Can taste a single malt without paying a bomb for it

7th June 2020

Not so 'Brilliance' from Paul John

I was a little disappointed with the Paul John 'Brilliance' I read all the reviews on Master of Malt and thought it was worth a go. It's not a bad whisky, but at £35 I think there's a lot better out there, like 12 YO Glendronach on offer at the moment and so many other great single malts! It has a smooth initial taste, but the flavour doesn't last long and I think it shows its young age, with a very spirity finish. For me it's price point should be nearer £26 as it's just marginally better than a blend you might buy.

17th April 2020


Absolutely blown away with this whisky.
Miles ahead of it's price point, well worth picking up. Orchard fruits, spice, long finish, just wow!

30th March 2020

Must a try.

It's a Brilliant Dram

8th October 2019

I’m in Awe!


5th April 2019

Long aftertaste

Fruity. Good stuff with a lingering & enjoyable aftertaste. Not quite as good as Amrut Fusion but I would say of good value.

17th January 2019


This is an extremely surprising whiskey and very well worth a try. I absolutely loved it.

8th September 2018


This is gorgeous... a must try!

18th June 2018


Chewing nutty chocolate with coconut!!! Has to be one of the most underrated malts ever. This is incredible!

18th June 2018

Simply incredible!

If this said scotch on it and not Indian this would be very very well known. This put simply is a stunning single malt. You have to try this.. it could even change your life.

18th June 2018

Not Quite Brilliance

As the title says, this is not quite Brilliance, perhaps a bit of arrogance when naming it. It is ok and quite drinkable but it has notes of being a young 5 year old whisky to me with hints of some older stuff in there. For me it just doesn't have the quality as a fully 10 years plus aged Scotch single malt. Drinkable but overpriced young whisky which may age at a faster rate in the heat of India but this doesn't make it fully mature.

5th June 2018

India can produce world class

India is not quite famous for making whiskies but this one 'Paul John' from Goa will outsmart that belief.
Truly a mastercrafted spirit with all the goodness of world class peers and a touch of Indian warmth in every sip.
A must try to nullify all the past equations about Indian whiskies. Having won various awards this a game changer whisky.

24th April 2018


Fabulous single malt from India. This dram has a unique mouthwatering malt & barley flavor. Its sweet, fruity & spicy on the palette with a surprisingly long finish. Pairs well with Indian kababs as well as spicy food.

26th March 2018

Astonishing dram

Superb dram from India... am already a fan of Amrut and now paul john raises the bar above.... Its very tough to find in India as most is export due to high demands... nose of honey and slight vanilla... taste was awesome i found rich berries and roasted raisins and nuts.... it finishes with a buttery note and complex flavors resting on your tongue for long.....has instant become one of my favorite...

28th July 2017

Totally Brilliant

Pretty much has become my favourite whisky. I bought a bottle for Christmas and have thoroughly enjoyed every sip. I will most definitely be buying this bottle again. 'Brilliance is brilliant!

16th April 2017

Wonderful on the nose, nice sweet and spicy taste

The nose is similar to Aberlour but it's not as toffee like on the palate. Lots of sweetness, vanilla. Couldn't find the green apple which has been mentioned in expert reviews. It is spicy though. Adding water didn't help much. Better near. Loved it.

24th January 2016

absolutely amazing

Really love the explosion of flavours. A little splash of water and it opens up heavenly.

22nd May 2015


It'a alright, it's OK,I think it's decent. I think the two negative reviews are written by the same person

16th May 2015

Very nice whisky

India in every drop. lots of character...highly recommended.

18th March 2015

Love at first sip

Absolutely loved every drop of the bottle..Well done Paul John for amazing whiskies. will buy again and again.

3rd March 2015

Great bottle of whisky

very very delicious whisky. it is like biting in to vanilla flavoured snack coated in honey with some saltiness coming through. full bodied and lots of great characters..will buy again. recommended for sure...buying one for my father for Father's Day too.

23rd February 2015

Brilliant Whisky overall....bye bye Scotch

Brilliance is very delicious whisky...I have tried several Scotch Whiskies and this Indian Whiskies surely can give any scotch whisky a run for its money...highly recommended and absolutely love it..

21st February 2015

super stuff

Gifted it to my husband and he is well happy. I am a whisky drinker too and loved every bit of it. what a great find.

19th February 2015

Very delicious indeed

Very nice whisky. Pleasantly surprised.

30th January 2015

good notes

very good whisky. it good character to it.

24th January 2015

False reviews

There is something funny going on with these reviews. I notice a trend of hate reviews of some brands and I don't believe this at all. I have tried this whisky before and is just a real good whisky from India.

23rd January 2015

Oh that smell!!!

The bottle is covered in Mold and smells horrible - stale damp smell of mold. Would never buy this again.

15th December 2014

Mold Smell!!!

The minute you take out the bottle from the canister it literally reeks of this foul "Mold" smell!!! Sorry but there is something seriously wrong with this whisky.

17th July 2014

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