The Birmingham Whisky Club Blog :: Richard’s Whisky Birmingham Picks (Part 1)

March 29, 2017

On The Blog

In this months instalment, Richard is reflecting on Whisky Birmingham (and the fine drams he found there). No festival roundup would be complete without at least a small mention of Paul John, and in fine ‘Duke Of Drams‘ fashion, we’ve got not one – but two of their fabulous whiskies reviewed today. Read on to find out more about what our resident blogger has been enjoying this month…

Following the excellent Birmingham Whisky Festival I’ve developed a bit of a backlog of whisky samples to review! I was also able to speak with a number of you at the festival to ask you what drams you’d tried on the day and how they matched up with your previous drams of choice. I’ll be posting these on Thursday’s during April as a bit of a Throwback!

The first selection of Whisky includes the Paul John Classic CS, the Paul John Peated CS and the Auchroisk 30. I was fortunate to get to sample the Paul John Whisky’s another time at the festival and I’ve got to say the Cask Strength editions really allow you to taste the depth of flavour this distillery has to offer. The Auchroisk 30 was one of the dream drams on offer at the festival and quite possibly my favourite of the day! Enjoy!

What: Classic Select Cask Paul John, 55.2%, Indian Whisky

Where: The Wellington, 37 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN

Nose: Tropical leaning to pineapple and mango on the end. Clear hit of alcohol

Palate: Sweet and Spicy! Cinnamon and white pepper then nutmeg and black pepper. As your mouth adjusts I get strong chocolate and cereal notes

Finish: Medium length which I find surprising given the boldness in the palate. The spice gives way to the fruit again and oak comes to the fore

This whisky is my go to whenever I’m introducing someone to Paul John’s whisky. This whisky really feels like a taste of Goa!

What: Peated Select Cask Paul John, 55.5%, Indian Whisky

Where: The Wellington, 37 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN

Nose: Clay earth, peat prominent but fresher than expected.

Palate: BBQ but with classic Paul John taste profile prominent still. Tropical and Spicy but notes of a sugar glaze on bbq meat.

Finish: Citrus peel, dry in the mouth, medium finish.

If you like peated whisky and have already tried the classic Paul John’s then this is your natural next choice in the range. 20PPM peat level isn’t over powering and creates a nice blend between peat and sweet!

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Keep an eye on The Birmingham Whisky Club Facebook page over the coming weeks… We’re going to be giving you a chance to win a bottle of Paul John Edited to get your own little taste of Goa!

What: Auchroisk 30 (2012 release), Auchroisk, 54.7%, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Where: N/A (but if you find it I recommend trying a dram!)

Nose: Christmas in a glass. Think sherry infused dry fruits with citrus hints. Already this feels like it is going to have a rich palate.

Palate: The sherry taste comes to the fore as you sip, slightly dry and reminiscent of apple pie, with a blend of cereal, sweet and cooked apple.

Finish: All spice with a lively wood finish. Lingering finish that leaves your tongue tingling.

A total of 2976 bottles were made of the 2012 release. I was able to get a taste at the Birmingham Whisky Festival and this was my first introduction to the Auchroisk distillery. I’ll be keeping an eye out for other releases in the future!