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Issue 138 - An Original Choice

Whisky Magazine Issue 138
September 2016


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An Original Choice

Paul John whisky from Goa

The first time I tasted Paul John whisky was in Bengaluru, in November 2013. My first impressions were good and I was knocked out with the shape of the bottle which was tall, regal and very attractive.

I then enjoyed the first dram and found the whisky quite expressive. After several drams, I appreciated the whisky more and more and felt myself enjoying this Indian single malt. Many months later, I held my first serious discussion about the whisky, when I was introduced to the Paul John collection at a private tasting, hosted by the Chairman Paul John and Michael D'Souza the Master Distiller. The tasting was hosted at an Indian festival, so was followed, of course, by a traditional 36 course lunch. It was a truly wonderful afternoon.

Established in 1992, John Distilleries Pvt. Ltd is one of India's largest organised alcobev companies that has grown under the commanding guidance of Paul P John, a first generation entrepreneur.

Over the last two decades, the company has established itself as one of India's leading spirits companies with a strong portfolio of brands, leadership in key south Indian states, a market presence in eight states across the country, and employing 2,000 employees. The company's diverse portfolio includes whiskies (Original Choice, Black Pelican), brandy (Mont Castle, Roulette) and wine (Goanas, Big Banyan, Ampersand). Today the flagship brand of the company, Original Choice, is one of the top selling brands in India with sales exceeding ten million ...

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