About two months ago a guy from our club posted a picture of a supposedly awesome Jura on Facebook. I don’t have much experience with Jura, mostly because a lot of not-so-nice whisky comes from there, and most affordable indies are heavily peated, which I don’t find that interesting.
Jura from the sixties was supposed to be incredible, according to fellow Usquebaugh Society member. I decided to take a guess and order a sample (2cl for € 30…) to see if I agree with that statement.
The nose is immediately impressive. Smooth, complex, very old fashioned with quite some oak but never overpowered by it. The scents become richer and richer. Oak, mint, chocolate and other spices. In a way there’s a hint of cork, but in a good way. Bread, rye bread. After a while (like half an hour or so) I get some more tropical fruit like mango and blood orange. Leather and shoe polish too.
The palate is smooth too, although you do recognize this as not being 40% but over. Rich, with pepper, oak, leather. There’s a light salinity with a tiny hint of fruit. Apples, blood orange. Bread and a tiny hint of cardboard (it’s a 60s whisky, after all).
The finish is long and big. Comparable to the palate, so very consistent. A tad more sweet, less like an Island whisky and more like a Highland whisky. Quite some oak, but in a gorgeous way, and lots of spices too.
The finish lasts half an hour or so. Ridiculously long.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I bought this apart from a ‘it’s good’ from someone who knows what’s what in single malt whisky. He was raving about it and while this is a ridiculously tasty whisky, it’s not a top five dram for me.
All flavors are awesome, really so. The flavors and scents are deep and old fashioned and everything you want them to be. I love this kind of whisky, and it’s a shame I can’t actually afford it. Getting a sample of something like this is highly recommended though!
The only thing I miss is the typical 1960s fruitiness. But then again, I’ve not that much experience with hooch from that era so that might be only Bowmore.
Jura 18, 1966-1984, 46% – Cadenhead Dumpy.