Isle of Jura, 26 Year Old, SMWS 31.32 Piri Piri and Teriyaki Chicken, (52.7%)

This is a dram that made me cry.

It’s a well known secret that Jura is nowhere near the top of my favorite distillery list. With the exception of the Turas Mara, I don’t like any of the official bottlings, and I always attributed it to the distillery character. Sadly, I can no longer do that. My friend and fellow blogger Yoav Gelbfish of Whisky Gospel brought a blind dram to a tasting meetup we had.

Photo Credit: Ron of isleofjura.scot

Photo Credit: Ron of isleofjura.scot

Truly a thing of beauty, this proves that the distillery’s liquid is not to fault when you look at what comes out of the bottles, rather what’s done to it along the way. Left to do its own thing, it can be utterly stunning…

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

Photo Credit: imgur.com/NYeclDF

Photo Credit: imgur.com/NYeclDF

Isle of Jura, 26 Year Old, Scotch Malt Whisky Society 31.32 РPiri Piri and Teriyaki Chicken, Distilled 19 April 1989, Outturn of 186 Bottles, Refill Bourbon Barrel (52.7% ABV, NCF, NC)

Appearance: Gold, layered necklaces on the glass.

Nose: Lemon and perfume, varnish and wood planck shavings with honey. It’s somewhat dusty, with fresh dough appearing with some time in the glass.

Palate: Fresh green leaves, honey and a hint of tropical, gentle spice, rather clean and sourish.

Linger: White pepper and honey, with hints of pine and a dryness in the mouth. The gullet gets spice.

Conclusion

Ever developing, stunning single cask. Yoav, who knows how low Jura is on my favorite distillery list, brought this as a blind tasting. I was blown away and greatly saddened to compare this beautiful dram to Jura’s regular expressions. This just proves that like with Dalmore, it’s not the distillery infrastructures that are faulty…

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