Jura 1997-2011, 45% – Samaroli Coilltean

This mix of three casks was bottled over a decade ago by Samaroli. That’s a legendary whisky bottler from Italy that is widely regarded as having bottled the best whiskies ever several decades ago.

I’m not entirely sure how that reputation holds currently, since their bottling are quite rare, if they even exist nowadays. I don’t think I’ve seen new ones in years. Of course, a quick check on Whiskybase tells us that there have been some releases over the last couple of years, but to call it ‘steady’ is overstating it.

Image from Whiskybase

Anyway, Jura. A distillery that is nowhere near the top of my list. I’ve had some good ones but most of them have been mediocre at best, a lot of them have been shit. I’m not sure what it is with that distillery, but in most casks they manage to get a strong aroma of rubber bands, with the funkiness ramped up to 11, and certainly not in a good way.

Let’s find out where this one lands.

Right after pouring the sample the aroma was fairly clean, but after the kids interfered and I came back to it a few minutes later the typical rubber bands pop up. There’s some oak and a whiff of brine.

There’s quite a lot of peppery heat for the ABV, and from that it even builds up to more heat. Some syrup and oak. The rubber bands are here, but the pepper rules supreme.

The finish is much more mellow and goes back to the nose, where it started. Not a very long finish.

Typical Jura. Weird and all over the place, but the base isn’t too nice to begin with. I find this one typical for the brand, unfortunately.



About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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