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.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Jura 2007 (10 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead?/ Code: HEP0295/ Dist: Mar 2007 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

The nose is very dirty, cardboardy and acerbic. Maybe there’s some barley beneath but it’s hard to tell!

The palate isn’t quite as dirty, although it is still feinty and cardboardy. Hints of barley and oak come through but there’s nowhere near enough sweetness to balance. Short and slightly herbal finish.


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