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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.)
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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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
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
India in every drop. lots of character...highly recommended.
18th March 2015
Absolutely loved every drop of the bottle..Well done Paul John for amazing whiskies. will buy again and again.
3rd March 2015
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
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
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 nice whisky. Pleasantly surprised.
30th January 2015
very good whisky. it good character to it.
24th January 2015
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
The bottle is covered in Mold and smells horrible - stale damp smell of mold. Would never buy this again.
15th December 2014
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