I found myself in the mood for something uncomplicated… a dram to ease into an evening of sampling… The obvious choice from the Old Particular trio was to start with the Jura. From Jura Island, the distillery style tends towards lighter whiskies intended to support a blend. However more recently, there has been subtle peat added to the equation.
- Nose – Cereal, butter biscuits or lemon curd cookies – a bit of sour, yet some citrus and sweet
- Palate – A bit more substance than anticipated, can see the wood influence with a hint of bitterness, a bit salty… like lightly salted nuts and raisins.. is that a hint of toast?
- Finish – Light spice, that nutty bitterness continued
Overall it hit the spot for something not too sweet, straight forward and a way of kicking off a tasting trio.
As for tasting notes? Here is what the chaps over at Master of Malt had to say:
12 year old single malt from the Jura distillery, named after the island it resides on. This whisky was distilled in December 2006 and allowed to age in a refill hogshead for 12 years, then bottled in December 2018 by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. Only 357 bottles were produced.
- Nose: Custard Cream biscuits, dried lemon and grapefruit peel, a hint of salted peanuts.
- Palate: Soft oak and smoke appears up front, followed by citrus once again and sultanas.
- Finish: Almond pastries, coriander and caramel.
Would I agree? More or less…
And what about previous brushes with Jura?
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