Phil’s Paul John Distillery Focus

Phil’s Paul John Distillery Focus

‘What on earth was that’ (I’ve toned the language down here)… This was my reaction at the dark brown spirit swirling around the rocks glass that had been thrust into my hand. I had just tasted my first Indian whisky! A friend of mine had brought a bottle back from his trip there and I vowed never to touch the stuff again. Interestingly these cheap Indian blended whiskies are made from molasses (which is normally associated with rum) and I could launch right now into some eloquent tasting notes but there is no point. It was rough! That’s all you need to know…..

Fast forward to more recent times and I am working with my previous employer at one of the many whisky festivals that pre-pandemic were popular around the country. Next to my famous Scottish Single malt brand was this Indian whisky brand that I’d heard of but never tasted. The packaging looked good and it appeared quite premium but after my previous experience, I was expecting the worse. Anyhow after several hours of chatting to their brand ambassador next to me, I had tried the full range and learned so many interesting facts about the product and distillery that I was a convert. This was Paul John Indian whisky making its grand appearance in the UK and it felt a privilege to be one of the first to try it.

Goa

Paul John’s Single malt distillery is located in Goa and they make their whisky the Scottish way using a double distillation of malted barley. The wash comes in though at quite a low 5% abv (rather than the usual 8%) and this gives a much sweeter taste. After distillation, the new make spirit will go into the cask at 55% and after four/five years of aging in the tropical heat, the final product comes in at around 57% for their Single Casks. It’s worth pointing out that the tropical monsoon climate of Goa ages the whisky very fast as compared to Scotland and just four or five years in that climate could be argued to be the equivalent of 12-15yrs in the Highlands.

The Indian-made copper pot stills produce about two million litres of spirit per year and maturation actually takes place in underground cellars, which whilst cooler than the outside temperature, the angels share is very high, as temperatures regularly hit 35c+. Paul John uses a mixture of Bourbon & Sherry casks and interestingly makes some smoky batches using peat imported from Scotland.

New World Whisky

Whisky aficionados in the know are getting more and more excited about this wonderful distillery. Recently Paul John was awarded one of the Top Three whiskies in the world in the 2020 World Whisky Awards and has a whole slew of gold medals from every award show imaginable. Make a note, Paul John is quickly rising in the whisky ranks.

To find out more about New World Whisky Investment, contact The Masters today!

The Cask Trade Trilogy

The Cask Trade Trilogy

 

Introducing The Cask Trade Trilogy

We are delighted to introduce you to The Cask Trade Trilogy, a limited edition trio of casks available in three unique expressions. (Limited to 1 per customer).

Using new make spirit distilled at the award-winning Speyside Distillery in Kingussie, Scotland, we will create three distinct whisky expressions– Bourbon, Sherry and Port Matured.

The Journey Begins

From the moment this classic Speyside spirit is filled into cask it starts to develop and take on the flavours ingrained in the wood. After three years the whisky will begin to evolve and gain the milestone of single malt status when you will be invited to take your first taste. From here you can choose to bottle it after five years or continue on the maturation journey.

A passionate purchase

The creation of this Trilogy is a first for Cask Trade and a truly exceptional opportunity for whisky enthusiasts and investors alike.

Like you, we are fanatical about whisky and believe the marrying of the liquid with the wood to create three different flavour profiles will be an extraordinary experience.

For the love of whisky

We have priced the casks keenly with passionate whisky enthusiasts in mind, offering you a fulfilling experience at an affordable price and one we believe is a good investment. The total Trilogy price is £5,000. We have included 5 years free storage and insurance for your convenience.

Trilogy Cask 1   

First-fill Bourbon Barrel

130 casks (100 Trilogy Sets)

£1,350

Available now

Bourbon barrels are perfectly suited to maturing Scotch whisky. The bourbon they previously held softens the oak, ensuring a smooth and subtle whisky. These barrels have been made exclusively from American oak, giving the whisky a honeyed and vanilla characteristic.

Trilogy Cask 2 

Second-fill Sherry Hogshead

100 casks (100 Trilogy Sets)

£1,750

Available now

The lingering flavours of the sherry are still present in the wood and these are shared with the maturing whisky. The profile is typically deep and sweet, fruity and nutty giving the whisky a distinctive colour and strong, rich flavour.

Trilogy Cask 3

Port Wine Barriques

100 casks (100 Trilogy Sets)

£1,900

Available June 2021

The port barriques impart the vibrant fruit-filled flavour profile of the fortified wine giving the whisky a subtle ruby hue, often resulting in a richness and sweetness.

Join us on this journey

This limited-edition, unique trilogy allows for each customer to purchase one cask of each expression.

Rest assured, we will travel on this journey with you arranging samples at the different stages of maturation to provide your unique tasting experience.

If you’re interested and want to find out more, get in touch today.

 

Small print/terms and conditions

Purchase of The Cask Trade Trilogy is limited to one per customer.

Insurance and storage is included in the price for the first five years of ownership, beyond which it is chargeable. No refund for storage and insurance will be given if the cask is sold before five years.

In respect of Selling on, bottling, labels & packaging the following condition applies: 

If the New Make spirit has been matured: 

  1. For less than 15 years from the filled date the label & packaging can state: “distilled at Speyside Distillery” and “Speyside Distillery” WITH written approval from Cask Trade
  2. For 15 years or more from the filled date the label & packaging can state: “distilled at Speyside Distillery” and “Speyside Distillery” WITHOUT written approval from Cask Trade

In both cases the label & packaging need to comply with the Scotch Whisky Regulations and any relevant guidance issued by the Scotch Whisky Association. 

If any of the casks are sold on by you the bottling, labelling, and packaging Terms & Conditions will need to be passed onto the purchaser. 

Casks cannot be traded or moved for the first three years from the filing date. 

Samples can be requested for an additional charge.

Estimates of storage prices and insurance post five years can be provided.

 

Discovering Glenrothes Distillery

Discovering Glenrothes Distillery

Glenrothes distillery (Glen-roth-ess, From ‘Gleann Rathais’, Rothes Valley), Macallan’s sister distillery, is built a short distance away in the picturesque Speyside town of Rothes. While it is not as well known, Glenrothes’ spirit is richer and more complex, and is aged in the same famous sherry casks as its illustrious relative. It is little wonder that Glenrothes is quickly becoming noticed by investors and independent bottlers alike, and prices have been rising very quickly.

A richly flavoured and complex malt, Glenrothes is a colourful Speyside distillery that ages the majority of its whiskies in large sherry butts. Due to its artisanal character, Glenrothes has developed a dedicated following, especially in east Asia where rich, sherried whiskies are in great demand.

Glenrothes bulbs

The distillery was built in 1878 by James Stuart & Co, who then also ran the nearby Macallan distillery. For the first 50 years, Glenrothes was hampered by a series of unfortunate events. The first whisky ran off the stills on the 28 December 1879, the same day as the Tay Bridge disaster.

Over-proof whisky is notoriously highly flammable, and at 100% proof, the distillery paid the price. Extension work began in 1896, but before the work was finished, a fire in December 1897 caused serious damage. The distillery saw further damage when a violent explosion shook Glenrothes in 1903.

Inside a cask

Then, in 1922, another fire in Warehouse Number One caused the loss of 910,000 L of whisky. The final fire in 1962 afforded the opportunity for expansion, and a further re-build in 1982 extended the still hall to five wash stills and five spirit stills.

Today, Glenrothes is part of the Edrington Group.

These incredible casks yield a huge number of bottles and can be bottled from 12 years upwards to 40 years. People often buy them after our client sells them and hang on for the next stage of their life. They can either change hands a number of times or be kept for the next generation before bottling. Ex-sherry barrels are an important component of any investment portfolio. We’ve got plenty of Glenrothes currently in stock!

Call our friendly team today on 0203 7463030 and let’s talk Glenrothes!

Glenrothes cask