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.

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

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.

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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