John distilleries was set up in 1992 in Bangalore but its whisky distillery was set up on the island of Goa in 2008. In Goa, the whisky matures more quickly than it does elsewhere due to the high temperature, resulting in an annual loss of between 10-15% of the spirit in the cask (compared with 2% in Scotland). This means that after three years, there may be only 150 bottles’ worth of malt left in a cask (compared with 350 in Scotland) so, like Amrut, they cannot afford to mature it for longer than 4 or 5 years. This Brilliance expression is matured in bourbon barrels for 3-5 years.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Clean and crisp. Toffee apples. Tropical fruit salad. Macaroons.
Palate: Incredibly juicy. Crisp and clean and yet quite rich and sweet with a ginger and lemon curd finish.
Retails for around £40