Highlands (Isle of Jura)
Refill Barrel (# DL13518, 251 btl.)
Quite lively on the nose. Fruity start with citrus fruits and pear sorbet. Freshness with sea air, vanilla sweetness, a light ginger spice and a touch of oak.
Sweet and spicy on the palate with malted barley, vanilla and toffee. Fruity notes of lime peel, star fruit, physalis and pineapple. Nicely warming and mouth-coating.
The finish is long with sticky fruit, honey, spices and a touch of dry oak.
After adding a few drops of water, this Islander becomes more peppery on the nose and much less prickling, but remains sweet with lots of vanilla and orchard fruits. A lot of fruit on the palate with banana and creamy jam, slightly warming and prickling with subtle spices. The finish is somewhat shorter with a creamy fruit sweetness and a little dry oak.
This tasty single malt from the Isle of Jura has spent its whole life in a refill barrel, which offers wonderful notes of toffee, tropical fruits and lively citrus. The addition of water softens the warming alcoholic spiciness and pushes sweet and fruity aromas to the fore. A real pleasure after a good meal.
I thank Douglas Laing for the photograph!