This is the second Paul John dram in the calendar so far. This second batch has an added age statement and it's worth pointing out that although 6 years sounds young for a premium whisky, spirits aged in warmer climates tend to age impressively quickly.
Paul John 6 Year Old Batch 2 is a deep golden dram, bottled at 54.7% ABV.
The nose is full of dark spiced honey, brandy soaked raisins and a smouldering wood fire. Water brings out much more peat and old oak barrels.
In the mouth, it's sweet and spicy; vanilla caramel and plenty of alcohol warmth. Hints of sweet red strawberries appear over time, and a lingering peppery finish.
Watered, it's still filled with red fruit syrup and a warming bonfire in the finish The spice is tamed, and the caramel takes on a much lighter character.
With or without water this is a fabulous dram - another magnificent 4.5 stars from Paul John!
Many thanks to Master Of Malt for providing their That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar this year.
This review was originally published 17th December, 2016. It was last updated 1st June, 2023.