BTC: Sample 9 (Isle of Arran 12, 60%)

I’m still having a massive cold so if my guesses and taste descriptions below are way off, you know how it happened!

This whisky was a cask strength one, that I got straigt away but apart from that I coulnd’t really fiugre it out, although some flavours sent me in the direction I chose to go.

Nose:
A slight sherry sweetness, but not too pronounced and in a light way anyway. Somewhat salty with ripe apples, tree bark and dried prunes.

Taste:
Sharp, very sharp at first and quite spicy as well. Orchard fruit like on the nose but also some grains and a rather thick texture.

Finish:
Quite smooth, which is a surprise. Sweet grain and dough, and the apples again. Also a tad ‘green’.

Jura, The Whisky AgencyEspecially the returning flavour of the apples sent me in the direction of Arran. With the hint of salt on the nose I decided to go for an Island distillery but it made me think of Highland Park’s ‘off’ style as well, like the Earl Magnus.

Jura 23, The Whisky Agency, 1988-2011, 52.9%, Ex Bourbon Hogshead

I guess this whisky was in there to prove how my nose is screwing with me at the moment. After the prunes on the nose I never even considered a bourbon cask. Its quite clean for a Jura (at least for the Juras I know). All in all not a very bad whisky, but not one I’d spend money on.  The fact that this is 23 years old… What the hell?

Edit: Due to a rather nasty cold I will not give this whisky a rating. I can’t properly evaluate it which would mean an unfair (and probably lower than deserved) amount of stars. (Thanks Ruben)

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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2 Responses to BTC: Sample 9 (Isle of Arran 12, 60%)

  1. No offence Sjoerd, you know I appreciate your notes, but if you have a massive cold the best thing is to fix yourself and not make notes in the meantime. This Jura deserves a second chance, it’s very complex whisky with so much more than apples and prunes.

  2. I know I shouldn’t be making notes, and I would love to try this one again. Unfortunately, I only had a 2 cl sample and I had to fill in my guess for the Blind Tasting Competition before 23.00 yesterday. Not much of a choice there!

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