It’s been a long time in coming but it’s final arrived, the next one in a long line of single cask releases from Paul John. The last unpeated single cask from Paul John for the UK market was the much loved #1906, released in 2016 for many this is one of those landmark bottles for the brand. With such a reputation to follow will this new one be as good? Can it stand with the many excellent independent bottlings that have been released since the last official single cask.
The #4611 single cask bottle is slightly different this time as it is an official bottling but has been bottled exclusively for Gordon & Macphail, the UK distributor for Paul John. It is 7 year old from a first fill ex bourbon barrel with 185 bottles available from the cask, bottled at cask strength 60% abv. I’m not sure which of the two warehouses it has been matured in (one above ground one below), if I was to make a guess personally I’d say the below ground one which I’ll explain why later.
It comes in the now traditional wood effect box with the gold writing, the difference this time is that it has “Exclusively bottled for Gordon & Macphail UK” on the front middle of the box. So how does it taste..
Nose: Rich tropical fruit, kiwi, orange, lemon, banana, soft chocolate note, honey, gentle cinnamon spice, with time some barley and gentle menthol notes appear..
Palate: Rich spice explodes over the palate, ginger, cinnamon, hints of cumin and cardamom, toasted oak, coffee grind, then the sweetness of the fruit comes through with coconut, pineapple, orange, lime, some Manuka honey and the chocolate from the nose is also present..
Finish: very long with a sweet oak & ginger spice to the very end, lovely mouth feel..
For me this is another classic, it is as good as any independent bottling that has been released in the past year. It reminds me a lot of the SMWS 134.2 that was released at the end of last year. It has such a rich palate that is more robust than the softer nose, it is very similar in style to the sublime Kanya and showcases the quality that comes from Paul John. I said earlier that I thought this cask was matured in the warehouse below ground, I think this because it has some notes that I found in the Kanya and SMWS bottlings. I believe that both of these expressions were matured in the below ground warehouse, I could be wrong and will attempt to find out. Either way this is an amazing single cask and one that definitely needs to have a home in my collection.