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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.)

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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

Nothing special

Average score from me.
it seemed stronger than 46% to my taste, i’ve had many a cask strength whisky which is drinkable neat. Water did nothing for the flavour for me.
I only had 3cl sample, which was enough for my curiosity.
Glad I tried it but that’s all.
this is only my opinion mind.

2nd October 2022

A tasty oily treat.

Superb whisky, slightly tropical and nice and oily. Tastes older than it is and unlike some Indian drops is very well price. I am a fan.

21st January 2022

Strongly recommend

Excellent single malt from John distilleries Goa. Quality and taste are extremely good 👍

11th September 2021


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

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