51% ABV - Isle of Jura, Scotland
Nose: If you want to nose a sweet and dark fruity dram – this is it. Sultana raisin, cinnamon, cherry candies,... this one is a proverbial sherry bomb.
Taste: Upfront I’m met with raisins, chocolate and toffee. It’s complex and there are lots of flavours to swim through. Mulled wine spices, pepper, citrus, and brown sugar sprinkled all over.
Finish: Chocolate mixed with coffee or tea, and peppery. Raisin and cherry flavours dry.
This is a powerful spirit and has barely changed since I opened it five months ago. I’ve had a few bottles change with the oxidation–some for the good, some for the bad… but not this one.
Jura will be changing their core range expressions later this year, so I’m wishing for these wonderful releases to continue!
Tasted 19 April 2018.
[Update: December 2020] This continues to be remembered as one of my favourite whiskies. In particular, the first day I opened it... my (now wife) took me on a surprise vacation to Whistler, BC. It was mid-November and the ski season was not in full season. We just wandered the main streets and enjoyed the quiet together. Quite memorable! But I digress... I once had the chance to buy this again and I didn't take it, and now I regret it!