Yesterday was Jura day at the Islay festival of malt and music and it was also the date of their 50th anniversary tweet tasting. I was part of that tasting of 5 different Isle of Jura expressions. I also have 9 other samples/bottles of Jura in the house that I’ve been saving up for an event here on dramstats.
So, without further ado I’m kicking off Isle of Jura FORTNIGHT!!!!
2 weeks on dramstats of Isle of Jura dram reviews and, who knows, maybe a distillery profile and an interview?
This first dram of Jura fortnight is Turas Mara. This is travel retail at the moment, but I have word from Jura that the plan is to make this a permanent expression. It is a mixture of 4 different types of casks including bourbon barrels, spanish sherry butts, french oak barriques and portuguese port pipes. Here are the dramstats:
- ABV 42%
- Price £40 (travel retail at the moment)
- No Age Statement
Nose: Bakewell tart, almond marzipan, raspberry jam, vanilla icing and maybe a hint of black forrest gateau. A bag of penny mix, cherry menthol and cherry pie filling. There is a touch of dark chocolate ginger after a first taste. Lovely stuff
Palate: Cherry pie filling, chopped almonds and raspberry jam
Finish: Almond marzipan and a touch of oak with cherry juice and jam notes all firing in the background with a ‘salty tang’ a bitterness you might find in under ripe cherry.
Verdict: This is easily the nicest travel retail exclusive whisky I have tasted. I want some. The question is do I wait until it goes on general release and hope the price holds, or do I book a flight somewhere? “Check in” with dramstats tomorrow as Jura fortnight will pick up some steam!