It feels like it’s been about a million years since I tried a Jura, especially an official one. I got this sample as part of a sample swap with Phil Blake, after I sent him the scraps of the Master of Malt Redistilled whiskies. Sharing is the best part of this whisky fanaticism.
Anyway, Jura Elixir is based on the island’s myth that its water prolongs life and 7 people have claimed to live to be over 100 years old on the island. Doesn’t sound spectacular, but there are only 150 people on Jura.
Weirdly heavy, but very much Jura like. Leather, fishing nets, rotting piers. I get beef stock, vegemite with lots of heavy spices.
Very light in its body, but very heavy in its palate. It feels like the ABV is 40% instead of 46%. Anyway, spices, salt, leather, wood. All rather typical not-to-old Jura flavours. There’s quite some hints of overripe tropical fruit as well, with a touch of chili pepper.
It’s getting more and more fruity and I think I get a touch of smoke all of a sudden. Wood, spices, lots of fruit and tea.
If I read the original tasting notes I can place many of the things that are found, but what I always miss in such notes is that typical Jura flavour of just ‘heavy’. I don’t really know how to describe it, but I’ve found it in almost all releases, and certainly in all official releases. I guess most people know what I’m talking about and it’s probably in the ‘feints’ category on a tasting wheel.
Anyway, I actually found this a rather tasty dram and I think I should delve into Jura a bit more. I think I only had the 10 year old, Superstition and this one from their official releases. Not even the Prophecy…
Oh, and a funny thing: I checked on the site from Whiskykoning which said 46%, it turns out to be 40%. Thanks, taste buds!
This one’s available at De Whiskykoning for € 39.50.