Let’s start off the new year with a series of decadent whisky reviews, with this 30 year old Jura to be the first. Camas an Staca means ‘standing stone’, referring to one of the eight standing stones dotted around the Isle of Jura.
Jura is a bit of a hidden gem, especially to me. Most people, by now, know that they can produce some top notch whisky, but ever since I tried a sample of their old 10 year old about a decade ago, Jura is a no-no for me. Of course, such opinions should be revised every now and again, especially with some really good 20+ year old coming from different bottlers. The ‘really good’ is hearsay of course, I haven’t tried any of them.
At first I get an old, badly aired, grain barn. Some fake chocolate too. In Holland the stuff is called ‘cocoa fantasy’ and is used in cheap chocolate sprinkles and such. Anyway, some rubber bands, overripe banana and lots of old oak. A leather armchair, also typically Jura. Warm milk after a short while.
It’s lighter than I expected with black pepper, the rubber bands again. Very creamy and quickly becomes very oaky and very gentle.
The finish goes in the direction of spicy Highland style whisky. It does have that creamy, warm milk thing going on. Rather buttery with chocolate, banana, some vanilla and candied pear.
While there is enough to like in this dram, there also is that milky thingy going on. I’m not sure if I like that. It’s very interesting and since I had a rather sizeable sample I kept pouring until there was no more. That’s an indicator if there ever was one.
After all is said and done, I’m just not sure if I’m as thrilled by this as I had expected. Maybe those high expectations are the problem. Anyway, the buttery, creamy thing puts me off a bit. The spices, banana, chocolate and oak combination is lovely though.
Another drawback is the price. I still have not wrapped my head around what old whisky costs nowadays and that means everytime I see the € 400 price tag it startles me.
Jura 30, Camas an Staca, 44%, £ 340 at The Green Welly Stop in Tyndrum.
Thanks to Gal for the sample!