Douglas Laing Jura Tasting Notes

Posted: November 24, 2011 in Jura, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular Jura 1990 (25 year old) 54.2%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: XOP0051/ Dist: Nov 1990 Btl: Nov 2015/ Tasted: Dec 2015

Very spiky, herbal and citrus to begin with on the nose. Hints of baked fruit, barley, grass and light vanilla oak appear. The oak becomes quite buttery with time although it does calm down to reveal a touch of acacia, with fruit and a subtle earthiness.

The palate opens lightly citric but the oils counter. Malt, toffee, dried grass, mature barley and light honey follow but the citrus ploughs onward through the middle and into the finish, which is subtly spiced. The sweet apricot and banana adds a counterpoint to the citrus on the finish and finally the lightly oiled toffee returns. Very entertaining!

Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular Jura 1991 (25 year old) 50.2%

Refill American Hogshead/ Code: XOP0057/ DL 11067

Dist: Feb 1991 Btl: Feb 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

Lightly dusty aromas of mature American oak with lightly oiled barley and hints of baked apple, apricot and pear. Coffee and malt notes develop pleasantly along with some subtly sweet vanilla. Gentle and elegant with a light citrus nip.

The palate opens with the duty and mature oak along with barley and malt. Lightly oxidised white fruit, apple and apricot follows along with some gentle spice and wood tannins. The wonderfully mature oak returns on the middle and the finish displays a touch of peat plus lingering oak, fruit and barley. I starts quite slowly and takes awhile to build up a head of steam but the length is superb!

 


Douglas Laing Old Particular Jura 1992(?) (22 year old) 47.9%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0099/ Dist: 1992(?) Btl: 2014(?)/ Tasted: Dec 2014

Earthy, herbal aromas. A little rye-like grain and old baked fruit follows. Hints of pine needles, honey, toffee, coffee and buttery oak.

Very mature, very dark and very malty on the palate with liquorice, brown suagr and treacle. A touch of coffee comes through on the middle and the finish is a little dry with pine needles and herbal notes.

 


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Jura 1995 (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2102/ Dist: Apr 1995 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

An oily nose of decaying rose petals and murky cardboard notes – Not exactly what you would call pleasant!

The palate is pure sugared cardboard with hints of oily peat and intrusive alcohol, followed by more cardboard. Hmm, tastes just like Ledaig! The finish is well, pure, murky spice. Well that’s my tastebuds knackered!

 


Douglas Laing Single Minded Jura 2006 (8 year old) 41.5%

Sherry Finish/ Code: SIN0009/ Dist: Apr 2006 Btl: Nov 2014/ Tasted: Dec 2014

The nose is young, oily and a little feinty with a touch of cardboard, rubber and glue. So business as usual at Jura then! The sherry adds a hint of ‘toshan-esque boiled sweets.

The palate is young, oily and lightly cardboardy with hints of malt biscuits, but not much oak. A little nascent barley comes through along with the boiled sweet note.

 

Douglas Laing Provenance Jura 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV1270/ Dist: Jul 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

Feinty and vinegary aromas with hints of barley, biscuits and malt. There’s a subtle floral note beneath plus a touch of pulped fruit, but it’s far too young.

Soft and a little bland with hints of barley and pulped fruit. Again lightly feinty with a touch of pepper on the middle. Short, buiscuity and feinty finish.

Douglas Laing Provenance Jura 2006 (10 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1247/ DL11535

Dist: Apr 2006 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2017

Now that’s an odd nose for a Jura! It’s more like ‘toshan with high toned raspberry ice cream and sherbet. Quite sweet with late hints of barley and straw.

The palate is the same as the nose with confected raspberry, cherry and ice cream notes. Long and remaining confected with a touch of spice on the finish. I’m not sure what to make of this. It’s so un-Jura and although pretty sweet, it’s strangely appealing!

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