When we think of Indian whisky, Amrut is surely top of mind, while Paul John often does not even come to mind. Justified or not? I already tried their Classic, Edited, Brilliance and Peated Select Cask. The only one I did not yet try is the Bold, but I am about to rectify that. Ha! This whisky even smells of India. Well, I mean incense, which I associate mostly with this country. Then I get some curry and angelica root! There comes the fruit, in the guise of dried apricots and baked apples, with a pinch of cinnamon on top. Finally some oranges, tobacco leaves and wet earth. Surprisingly complex and the best Paul John I have nosed so far. It is very creamy on the palate, very spice and sweet on leather, wood, mocha, Turkish Delight and a big dose of peat, baked apples and pears, a maritime touch, cedar wood… darn, this is very good and complexe and a pleasant surprise. A light bitterness as if from grapefruit and tea takes my taste buds hostage, while the spices simmer with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger in the lead. Full of flavor and intensly spicy with enough fruit to keep it nicely balanced. The finish is wonderfully long and smoky, sweet with a twist, while it leaves the mouth parched. Very pleasant surprise, good strength and good price – what’s not to like? Recommended.