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Jura Boutique Barrels 1997 Rosé Sparkling Wine Finish

55.5% ABV - Isle of Jura, Scotland

Nose: Sweet florals, perfume, and rose. The nose is a tad hot, but small amounts of water help to calm – revealing some caramel candy, citrus, calamansi (overly specific), and honey. There is a very faint minerality to this dram.

Taste: Floral, roses, and lavender on the arrival is closely followed by vanilla, honey, and those Popeye candy sticks. It’s a very interesting expression of Jura.

Finish: Not surprisingly the florals and perfumes round out the finish, with some grasses and lemon.

I have mixed feelings about this bottle of Jura Boutique Barrels right now! I had tasted from the same release already – Bottle 204 – and was excited to find a bottle from this batch still available. Flavour-wise my notes were not very different, but I remember that some of the individual flavours really stood out and defined this whisky. I might have reviewed this Jura whisky too soon – before natural oxidation has started to occur as headspace in the bottle grows, or that I haven’t found the right amount of water to add! I hope it mellows because right now it has an edge and the flavours too blended. Regardless, this is a very unique Jura and I have not tasted anything like it. [Update October 22 2018: It really has started to open up but not far from my initial rating. Fruits are coming through more strongly. This rates a couple marks higher now; 84 points.]

Details: Distilled 1997. Bottled August 2013. Cask No. 4; Bottle 94 of 264.

Tasted August 06 2018.

82/100
Detailed Rating Information...

90+: Fantastic whisky; highly recommended. My favourite whiskies. I might have more than one bottle if the price is right and the supply is limited! The higher values in this range will reflect a stronger balance and consistency between components.
85-89: Great whisky; recommended. Whiskies that really tick the flavour boxes and you'll likely hear about these from me. Good purchase decision—I would consider buying again.
80-84: Very good whisky; recommended, but still consider trying before you buy. Anything is this range or above I would order at a restaurant or make a calculated purchase decision.
75-79: Good whisky; consider trying before you buy. These are whiskies that I enjoyed drinking, but likely would reach for another bottle from the shelf or select something different to order.
65-74: Average; consider trying before you buy, but not recommended. There is nothing that stood out about this whisky and I might be inclined to add ice, mix it with soda, or use it in a cocktail, instead of trying to enjoy its own flavours.
50-64: Bad; not recommended.


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