Jura 1997-2012, G&M Connoisseurs Choice
Region: Highlands (Isle of Jura)
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail
Cask type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Colour: Pale straw.
Nose: Soft and fruity on the nose with yellow apples, apricots and papaya. This is complemeted by lingering notes of vanilla, toffee and butterscotch. Hints of spiced oak and honey in the back.
Palate: The fruits continue on the palate with apples, melon and papaya. Warming spices emerge with oak, pepper and allspice. Sweet notes of honey and malt, with slightly dry cocoa powder and walnuts towards the finish. Round and mellow.
Finish: The finish is medium-long and oily with slightly warming spiced oak, pepper and allspice. Hints of peaches, butterscotch and a whiff of bitter orange peel on the
With water: Clean, sweet and very fruity on the nose with green apples and plenty of vanilla. On the palate, however, water tames the delicate fruitiness bringing more spices and dry oak to the fore, nicely mixed with creamy honey. The finish shows medium length with a slightly oily and warming sweetness of acacia honey, spiced oak and a lingering nuttiness.
Comments: Wow, so many layers of fruit! This is a smooth, oily and very fruity single malt with a good spicy counterpart. It's more the yellow and exotic fruitiness than the dark cherries, dates and raisins derived from a sherry cask. However, this gives the filigree flavours of vanilla, toffee and discreet spiciness more space to evolve. Deliciously refreshing and dangerously quaffable.
I thank Kirsch Whisky - The House of Whiskies for the sample and the photograph (displaying the bottling of 2015)!
Jura 16yo, Diurachs‘ Own
Region: Highlands (Isle of Jura)
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Cask type: American White Oak (14 years) and Ex-Amoroso Oloroso Sherry Casks (2 years)
Colour: Bright amber.
Nose: A bit funky at first but improves very well over time. Malt sweetness emerges with fruity aromas of berries, redcurrant, gentle orange and a slightly floral touch. Sweet with Demerara sugar, caramel, and gingerbread. Creamy and rich with a gentle touch of almonds, dark chocolate and delicate cinnamon spice.
Palate: Round and mellow. Creamy and resinous with sherry like sweetness, lingering nutty flavours, complemented by a warm mix of soft spices - oak, white pepper, cinnamon and caramelised ginger. Sweetness again arrives with sticky orange jam and milk chocolate. Rich, mouth-coating and deliciously smooth.
Finish: The finish is long and sweet with tender warm spices, cinnamon and caramelised sugar in the back. Slightly drying with fragrant oak on the tail.
With water: Clean and lively on the nose with significant more pepper coming through. Sweet and creamy on the palate with less warming spices and some additional notes of prickling oak on the tongue. The finish is long, sweet, with a slightly warm spiciness and some bitter notes of grapefruit and orange peel, followed by a lingering nuttiness.
Comments: This is an exquisite dram. Many, many flavours to explore. Very well balanced, smooth and rich with a delicate fruitiness, soft and slightly warm spices, sweet with an underlying nuttiness. A well rounded and comforting malt with great depth. Sit, back, relax and savour slowly this dram of choice for the people of Jura. A very positive surprise to me!
I thank Joe Seidel from Joe’s Malt Shop for the photograph.