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Paul John Brilliance

Not Brilliant

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

21st Jun 2014


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
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The Brilliance from Paul John was created using unpeated malt and maturation in bourbon barrels. It was bottled at a drinking strength without chill filtration.

The nose is very grainy. Think cornflakes, but drenched in a mildly sour cream. Something of wet stones reveals itself. But I can hardly make any association with fruit. Well, maybe some lime. Oh, and a bit of apples after a few minutes.

It is a lot more fruity on the palate. The malty heart is surrounded by apples again, but also some mango and even some star fruit. The spices rear their heads. Think cinnamon and nutmeg. Quite creamy. The sour cream is replaced with a sweet one. Caramel and honey kick in.

In the medium long finish, the spices offer a little extra bite.

The palate exceeds the rather weak nose and in the finish this proves to be a nice malt too, but nothing more than that. Friendly priced with a tag of less than 40 EUR.

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