Highlands (Isle of Jura)
Douglas Laing (The Elements Collection)
PX Sherry Butt Finish (573 btl.)
Subtly coastal with sea air, paired with a light herbal note and a nice honey sweetness. This is followed by vanilla cream and fruity notes of orange and ripe peach. Rum raisins followed by again slightly maritime notes and oak wood in the back.
Sweet and creamy on the palate with oranges, dried fruit and wild flower honey. Light oiliness paired with warming spices, such as ginger and cinnamon, and salted caramel. Maritime notes and freshness develop later.
The finish is long lasting with sweetish notes of barley sugar, some bitter almond and again salty caramel.
The addition of water makes the Jura a little more lively on the nose with fresh sea air, orange oil and brown sugar. The sweetish honey notes take a back seat. Still sweet but also strong on the palate with honey, vanilla, cinnamon and some ginger. The finish is a bit shorter and less maritime, but more honey sweetness, creamy caramel and a touch of oak.
This 12-year-old Jura is the fourth and last bottling from the Old Particular Elements Collection by Douglas Laing. Finished in a Pedro Ximénez sherry butt, this single malt stands out for its excellent balance of sweetness, fruitiness, spices and maritime freshness. The diverse spectrum of flavours changes visibly in the glass, bringing out the individual layers to perfection. A great whisky, which is not overpowered by the sherry but underlines the distillery character of Jura. A dram that convinces all along the line and leaves a powerful impression.
I thank Douglas Laing for the photograph!