Thank goodness they still exist! Jura bottlings from indie bottlers that are not heavily peated!
I have been trying to get hold of a good Jura bottling without any peat in it, but it seems I’ve missed my moment when the Bresser & Timmer 1988 TWA bottling came out. I should’ve gotten that. Nowadays, every time an indie Jura comes out it’s another heavily peated one. I don’t like that. I like to taste more of the distillery character.
The same goes for Bunnahabhain, by the way. Apart from those really old ones there so much heavily peated stuff going on that I just stopped caring at some point.
Anyway, when I saw this one sitting on MZ’s shelf I knew I wanted to try it. Mostly because Jura is an underdog and I don’t get to try many of their bottlings. Especially properly ages ones without peat in them, as said. I like to search for good ones. Some distilleries do that to me. Wake up that ‘I want to like a whisky from an underdog’ feeling. Fettercairn is another one.
Anyway, 18 year old Jura. Not heavily peated. Let’s go.
It’s heavy, feinty and oily. Just what you expect from Jura. Because of additional oak influence it’s miles ahead of many younger official bottlings. The bourbon cask influence is clear, but not overpowering everything. It just evens out the roughness Jura sometimes has nicely. Old oak, rags, dirt, copper polish, oiled steel. Also some corky apple, molasses, treacle and a very light touch of smoke. Some straw in the end.
The palate gives me a lot of sugar. Maple syrup maybe? Oak, barley, some alcohol bite and it’s sweet. Very sweet. The engine / steel / copper polish scent is gone. Old apples and pears.
The finish show a bit more depth than the palate with something heavy. Leather, among other things. A lot of sugary sweetness till. Barley sugar. Some honey and it’s quite long.
This whisky can be reviewed in two ways. On its own it’s an interesting dram that mostly shines on the nose. After that it’s far less interesting and calms down to a more easy going, slightly too sweet dram that has drawn too much sugar from the oak.
In another light, if compared to the regular affordable Juras out there, this really shines in all possible glory. Most official bottlings up until the ‘several hundred bucks’ bottles are just not very interesting, if they’re actually any good at all. The Boutique Casks seem to be the exception but I’ve not had them yet.
The nose of this whisky is really awesome. The sweetness is present there too, but with all that feinty stuff going on with oiled steel and copper polish I’m really loving this. I could nose this for an hour straight (I did). It’s a shame the palate doesn’t live up to the expectations.
Jura 18, 1992-2010, 52.8%, cask 5917, Duncan Taylor Rare Auld
PS: It’s funny how standardized the label is. Not one centimeter apart it says both “Matured in oak casks” (plural) and above it is “Single Cask”.