The latest single malt from India’s most famed whisky distillery is an absolute sipping delight on your style buds, and a steal at that. Paul John Nirvana is an unpeated single malt whisky distilled solely from six-row barley, and matured in charred American Oak casks, very similar to bourbon.
Paul John Nirvana isn’t a brand new whisky, but it surely’s been sluggish to make its technique to the USA, solely reaching the UK and related markets final 12 months. The perennial downside of off-the-radar whiskey is that it’s typically simply as onerous to seek out because the coveted stuff. A couple of thousand bottles are all that even arrived stateside of Kanya by Paul John a pair years in the past, and the likewise common Amrut Fusion a pair years earlier than that.
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It has turn into simpler to seek out nice bottles in the previous few years although, probably on account of Sazerac (house owners of Buffalo Hint) buying a stake within the firm in October of 2017. Additionally, Paul John is asking Nirvana an entry-level bottle, and so the provision ought to run a smidge greater.
Indian single malts are form of a hybrid of whiskey kinds. They use the identical grain and manufacturing type as Scottish single malts, however the whiskey ages in American oak barrels, in heat climates much more much like Kentucky than the Highlands. As a result of whisky typically ages quicker in hotter climates, Indian whisky takes on advanced flavors in a shorter timeframe.
Although it doesn’t have an age assertion, Nirvana (nonetheless previous it’s) is masterfully aged and proofed. At 40 p.c ABV., Nirvana is lush and creamy, stuffed with tropical fruits, wealthy creme brulee and honey notes, and a daring dessert-y, cake-y character.
The primary sips recall a southern summer time trifle, with buttery cake, overripe banana, and lingering hints of pudding. The end brings all of these items collectively once more for one lengthy outro, including only a refined trace of smoke, regardless that that is an unpeated whisky.
It’s very a lot a dessert whisky, however due to the low proof, it’s equally excellent for the primary pour or cocktail of the night time—daring and wealthy, however by no means overwhelming.
As an added plus, Nirvana’s is among the many most inexpensive new bottles we’ve seen not too long ago; the worth is round $30 a bottle—a relative steal, contemplating the common taste enchantment. (Oh, and it makes an unbelievable highball with soda and only a trace of lemon.)
Distribution across the U.S. will inevitably be spotty over the following few months for Nirvana, however monitoring a bottle down shouldn’t be terribly troublesome in most markets. This could positively be in your radar although—it’s been successful within the international locations fortunate sufficient to get their provide earlier than us.
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