Hunter Laing Jura Tasting Notes

Posted: June 27, 2013 in Jura, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Jura 1992 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2269/ Dist: Mar 1992 Btl: May 2013/ Tasted: June 2013

The nose opens with monumental slabs of mature, toffee’d American oak along with a light grainy spiciness and a serious density of fruit – rhubarb, apple, greengage and gooseberry. A touch of chocolate malt comes through but the freshness is simply stunning. The oak begins to take on a sawdusty note with time. Proof that Jura did produce some exceptional good spirit and used some good wood once!

A lovely, fresh palate with the mature, toffee’d oak showing first followed by waves of green fruit – apple, greengage, under ripe pineapple and banana. Beautifully mature with a dense malty core and a touch of almost grainy, herbal spice. Very long with the gentle honey and oak vanillins returning. Lightly bitter in the finish but it’s more of a fruit skin bitterness than an oak bitterness. Superb!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Jura 1992 (21 year old) 45.8%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2410/ Dist: Oct 1992 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

A pleasantly citric nose with barley, caramel and a touch of malt. The aromas become quite oaky with time and there’s a faint salinity as well.

The palate opens with grippy oak, light toffee, honey and orange. Quite creamy and again rather heavy on the oak. Good, fresh grassy middle with a touch of herbs but the oak returns fairly quickly and the finish is a little hot.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Jura 1991 (24 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2474/ Dist: Feb 1991 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

A herbal, pulped Tequila-esque peppery fruit nose with hints of boiled sweets and high toned, triple distilled notes. With time some toffee/ caramel, mature honey and barley appears along with some sawdusty oak, lime and straw.

The palate is a little musty with toffee, caramel and burnt herbs. Again it displays a lightly high toned, triple distilled, boiled sweet note with hints of berry fruit, straw and honey. Intense and a little hot on the finish with lingering light pepper and herbal spirit notes.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Jura 1992 (24 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2550/ Dist: Feb 1992 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

A delightfully mature nose of dusty American oak, barley and citrus. Lightly earthy with the citrus developing and freshening.

The palate is toffee’d and fudgy with a good maltiness. Lightly treacly on the middle with hints of pepper. Lovely, mouth-watering citrus finale with a touch of drying oak but plenty of peppery spices and subtle salty after-taste.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Jura 1991 (25 year old) 45.1%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead?/ OMC2636/ Dist: Feb 1991 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A malty and cereally nose. Slightly balsamic with a few unclean notes. A touch of mature oak attempts to enliven but in all honesty it’s a bit rough.

The palate is oily, earthy and a little feinty with a touch of wet cardboard, coffee and underlying mature oak. Hot finish with hints of herbal barley and undergrowth notes. I think this has been left for too long in the cask, not that I imagine it was great spirit to begin with.

 


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Jura 2006? (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0019/ Tasted: May 2014

Pleasantly gristy and honeyed on the nose. A little grassy with hints of toffee and youthful, perfumed rose petal marc and straw.

The palate is soft, lightly honeyed and toffee’d. Simple but mouth-filling with the toffee becoming quite oily. A fresh, citrus middle leads into a light rose petal and peppery spice finish. For a young Jura it’s actually rather pleasant.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Jura 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: HEP0253/ Dist: Jul 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

An edgy, salty nose of summer barley, toffee’d oak and hints of boiled sweets. Fills out well.

The palate is approachable and barley’d with hints of salt and , toffee’d oak. A little watery on the middle with a slightly sharp under ripe/ green fruit finish with a touch of herbal spice.

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