Archive for the ‘Jura’ Category

Highland Laird Jura 1988 (22 year old) 52.4%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1988 Btl: 2016(?)/ Tasted: June 2016

Hard barley, white fruit and cider apple on the nose with hints of lime, greengage and a touch of oak. It develops hints of decomposing rose petals, pear, sweet vanilla, dusty oak, creosote and wet stones.

The palate displays more sweet barley and mature, dusty, sweet oak. Like the nose there is a faint cider apple character with barley husks and oxidised apricot. Edgy and hard with rather intrusive alcohol. Pleasantly spiced finish with a touch of walnut oil, earth and sweet, balsamic notes.


Edition Spirits Jura 1991 (24 year old) 50.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: EDI0113/ Dist: 1994 Btl: Sept 2015/ Tasted: Oct 2015

Very mature and very honeyed aromas. Quite salty with some rye-like herbal notes. The expected cardboard note appears but the macerated satsuma and tangerine just about divert the attention. Lightly earthy and pleasantly balanced.

The palate opens with the creamy oak and cardboard. Less honey and more oily barley seems to leave the cardboard notes a bit more exposed. Hints of herbal coffee appear and the finish shows sharp citrus, herbal marc and bitter spice.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Jura 2000 (14 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist: 2000 Btl: May 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

Initially the aromas are slightly balsamic and malty with developing fragrant barley, sweet apricot, citrus and aromatic, creamy/ buttery oak. With time a light nettly/ herbaceous note appears.

The palate opens with plenty of barley and hints of honey; malt, sweet, fleshy apricot and vanilla. It darkens on the middle as the malt asserts itself along with some light treacle toffee. Good intensity and cleanliness. A crisp, herbal finish with a light boiled sweet note in the after-taste. The alcohol is surprisingly intrusive but it does balance the sweetness.


Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Jura 2000 (16 year old) 55.3%

Bourbon Cask 2285/ Dist: 2000 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

The nose is quite fresh and citric with apricot, sweet orange, dusty, sweet barley and violets. The oak adds a touch of toffee and creamy vanilla and show a maturity beyond its years! Wonderfully balanced and deep.

The palate is lightly oiled with barley and dusty/ spicy oak. Wonderfully deep with layers of almost tropical melon, apricot and citrus. Hints of mocha appear on the middle and the finish is very long with lingering dusty oak, orange, rose petals, smoke and spice. A seriously fabulous finish and proof that Jura can make good whisky!

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 31.26 BBQ Smoke by a rolling sea (Isle of Jura) 53.6%

Tasted: Oct 2013

Nose: Dusty and meaty with malt and herbal, marc-like notes. Very herbal now with hints of charred coffee’d oak. It feels a bit too old and tired but there’s some pleasant sweet peat, tar and decaying heather moments. Water does the nose no favours as it becomes sugar coated oily cardboard.

Palate: Quite earthy and lightly industrial with hints of wet cardboard, peat, coffee and herbal marc. Water makes the palate a touch cleaner but it’s still cardboardy!

Finish: Good length with liquorice and sweet malt attempting to hide the cardboard-peat. Water makes it quite spicy.

Conclusion: The nose seems somewhat disconnected, but the palate is a little better. The finish is the best thing about it!

Single Malts Direct Whiskies of Scotland Isle of Jura 1993 (20 year old?) 49.3%

Tasted: Oct 2013

Nose: A beautiful nose of succulent barley, honey, orange, tangerine and a touch of white fruit. Gently perfumed with hints of sawdusty oak. Poised, elegant and gently maritime in character.

Palate: Quite full, opening with a lovely barley sheen and some encroaching coffee’d tannins but the weight of juicy, sub-tropical apricot and orange fruit balances superbly. Finally some mature American oak puts in an appearance.

Finish: A lovely length with the apricot and barley lingering along with the gentle, if a little grainy oak note, which adds a little bitterness.

Conclusion: A lovely, mature but vibrant Islander (possibly Arran? – tasted blind)

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.

Berry Brothers Selection Jura 1976 (36 year old) 53.5%

Sherry Cask BBR888/ Dist: 1976 Btl: 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

A mature nose of leafy oloroso’d dried fruit – prune and  raisin with a slight medicinal note, a touch of smoke and camphor. Lovely complexity with a touch of burnt wood, leather, ground coffee and demerara sugar. The aromas become ever so slightly soapy with time. 

The palate is lightly tannic but displays a lovely toasted honey sweetness. Rum and raisin spiced fruitcake on the middle with some leafy maturity. The alcohol gives it a pleasant lift and it finishes with a crisp, mouth-watering finale showing a touch of smoke and salinity. 

With water the nose becomes oilier with hints of linseed. Pleasantly rounded and mellow with a touch of barley and vanilla now. The palate is a tad homogenous but is pleasantly mouth-filling with a late smoked meat and burnt wood note.

Ian Macleod & Co Ltd Chieftains Choice Isle of Jura 10 year old 46%

Bourbon/ Tasted: July 2012

Very powerful and pungent aromas of cereal marc. Quite alcoholic for 46% with a semblance of apricot fruit. With time it becomes quite oily with a slight fishiness and cream custard oak. Water just shows up its immaturity but does make it a bit fishier. 

The palate is like the nose it has plenty of youthful cereal along with a slight greenness to the barley and hints of boiled barley sugar sweets. Pleasantly full with the creamy oak adding a bit of body. Water makes the palate oak dominated – toffee and caramel. Reasonable length but all barley and alcohol. Diluted it finishes with some crunchy sugar coated vanillins and light honeycomb Conclusion: A bit immature. It seems not to have developed much character yet, or maybe it never will due to the first fill American oak? 

Ian Macleod & Co Ltd Chieftains Choice Isle of Jura 14 year old 43%

 Bourbon/ Tasted: July 2012

The nose is rather mature and earthy with old fruit and cereal. Hints of light pea, straw and oak. With time there is a slight perfumed note but it’s all a bit tired. 

The palate is a bit sugary, but there is more fruit than the nose suggests. Still old with cereal husks, straw and earth. Good length with a mouth-wateringly spicy finish and a slight pepper note. Conclusion: Possibly a bit long in the tooth. Lacking fruit to offset the alcohol but a pleasant spicy finish.

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!

Douglas Laing Provenance Jura 2007 (10 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1332/ DL12033

Dist: Mar 2007 Btl: Aug 2017/ Tasted: Jan 2018

Rough and cardboardy aromas with hints of barley and citrus.

The palate opens with sweet barley but the cardboardy/ feinty notes come through quickly. Hints of pulped white fruit on the middle and a short, hot, marc-like finish. Business as usual at Jura then!

Speyside Distillery Scott’s Selection Isle of Jura 1989 (17yr old) 56.3%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1989 Btl: 2006/ Tasted: Nov 2007

A clean, deep, gently coastal nose, there is a suggestion of lightly peated Coal Ila to the aromas with some dunnage warehouse/ earth notes and a touch of creamy vanilla oak in the background and only a suggestion of fruit.

The palate is clean and gristy with immediate malt and barley notes followed by delicate smoke and some salinity on the finish. Alcohol dominates the proceedings, yet the aftertaste is quiet pleasant with juicy fruit and heather. So why am I not stocking it? Well it’s all a bit ho-hum! There just not enough complexity and depth for a malt that will retail in the £40-50 bracket.