April 02, 2017
This week's review focuses on a rather interesting expression from the Isle of Jura distillery and it provides a different interpretation from the one that people would generally associate with official distillery offerings, although there remain some similarities which allude to the house style.
As we have previously delved into the history of the distillery, we will not revisit it and more information can be found here: Jura
This expression of Jura was distilled in 2000 and matured in 2 ex-bourbon hogsheads for 14 years before being vatted together and bottled at a standard abv of 46% by independent bottler Carn Mor for their Strictly Limited range.
So, let's jump right into the review!
Isle of Jura 2000 14 Years Old (Bottled by Carn Mor, 46% abv)
Nose: Initial entry presents a pronounced malty note with an oak core, coupled with some citrus. With time, the oak takes on a buttery note and is complemented by hints of balsamic vinegar and barley sugar.
Palate: Initial entry presents a rather full palate, with a certain oiliness providing some viscosity to the proceedings. With time, barley sugar, buttery oak, honey, apricots and toffee emerge and intermingle with one another. The palate does become somewhat drying towards the end.
Finish: Medium on the finish, with some of the barley sugar, toffee and apricot hints following through to the end and being complemented by a crisp herbal hint which is reminiscent of wet sage leaves.
Balance: A rather well-balanced dram which showcases the complexities and various flavours within. The mouthfeel starts off oily gradually becomes somewhat drying, although it never loses that oily edge.
This expression is available for purchase by the bottle or the dram for in-bar consumption or by the bottle for retail/takeaway purposes. Please approach our friendly staff for more information and they will be happy to assist you with any enquiries that you may have.
Written By Brendan Pillai for The Single Cask
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