Focus on: Paul John Whisky and ‘our Shilton’

Shilton is one of our regular brand representatives at the events.  We invited him to the Brighton event and not only loved the whisky, but the man behind the introductions, so we kept asking him back!  An excellent ambassador for the Paul John brand and a wealth of knowledge, delivered in style, we thought we’d pick his brains a little and see what we could find out.
How did you hear about the Whiskey Affair?
I first heard about Whiskey affair through the guys at Gordon & Macphail ( our UK distributor) when they asked me if I would like to be a part of the show in Brighton. A whisky show in Brighton ? With Cocktails and music to accompany ? How could I say no. That is the only place that reminds me of Goa. So yes! and it was a great one.

Tell us the background of Paul John:
Established in 1992, John Distilleries grew to be a leading spirit company within less than a decade, not just in India but across the globe. Under the commanding guidance of Paul P John the company owns a strong portfolio of brands in various liquor categories including Whiskies (Original Choice, Black Pelican), Brandy (Mont Castle, Roulette), and Wines (Goana’s, Big Banyan, Ampersand). Today, the flagship brand of the company, Original Choice, is one of the top selling brands in India’s popular segment. It is one of the top 10 selling whiskies in the world with sales exceeding 12 million cases a year.
A path to a new future was laid when Mr. Paul chose to create world-class single malts made in India. Discovering a passion for single malts during the years when he lived in the USA, he appreciated the premium quality of the whisky and soon a dream was born, the dream to create great Indian single malts.
The Paul John Single Malts were launched in the UK in 2012 and were soon acclaimed to be equal to or even better than the single malts produced elsewhere, including Scotland. Approval from single malt enthusiasts and innumerable global awards further proved our excellence. Recognition from the single malt palate encouraged us to take our single malts across the world. Today, the Paul John Single Malts are present in over 19 countries.  

What are your favourite drinks?
Whiskies for Sure ! Apart from that, all whisky based cocktails, Lagers (on a tiring evening, after every show), Spiced Rums. I am not brand conscious and always on the hunt to discover new stuff.
What are your favourite brands of the Whiskey Affair range?
Do you mean ” apart from Paul John ” ? 😉 . Well, Rock Oyster, Big Peat, Arran 18yrs, & Speymalt have been my favourites after.

What is your aim for Paul John in the UK market?
We aim to make people aware that India make great single malts and how awesome they can be. Till date I come across questions like – Does India make any good Single Single Malts? Paul John ? Never heard of it.Is it good ?   Well I guess this has to be answered and proved first by us.

Where can you be found outside of our events?
All over the country 😉 attending some shows or events . And if i do happen to get a free day or two, hanging around with some buddies over beers.