Jura Fortnight continues with this dram I was sent by Tom Thomson of Tom’s whisky reviews. 35 year old Jura and a bit of a cracker!
Here are the dramstats:
- ABV 46%
- Distilled 1977
- Price £693
Nose: Carrot cake, vanilla Mr Whippy ice cream, rich tea biscuit, mint, pineapple cubes and liquorice. Excellent!
Palate: Huge pineapple, grapefruit, oak, spices, liquorice all sorts, coconut mushrooms.
Finish: Wow, pineapple and grapefuit lilt goes on and on with layers of oak wood. Definitely not too woody. Just awesome.
Verdict: I love it! Of course it goes without saying that at nearly £700 I will never even consider buying it. But it does taste wonderful.
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!