Review: Jura 25 Years Old 1988 – 31.27 Bold sailor’s dram

Category: Island single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Isle of Jura Distillery

Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society

ABV: 52.4%

Cost: £95 for 70cl from Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Score: 87/100

 SMWS

What they say:

Cask No. 31.27

A complex nose – sweet, salty and medicinal, with light smoke – panellists mentioned salted popcorn, gammon with pineapple, seaweed and various impressions of wood. With water, we imagined sea-breezes and bold sailors strutting along a breakwater, by oyster shells and dying barbeques; also sweet suggestions of apricot Danish and Edinburgh Rock. The palate was fascinating – maritime notes joined by citrus (including Terry’s chocolate orange), clove-studded gammon, oak, ash, white pepper and coal-dust. The reduced palate found sweet tobacco, floral flavours (lavender, Parma violets) and the dryness of heather smoke and barbecued meat and shellfish. The K Foundation burned £1,000,000 here in 1994.

Drinking tip: Beach barbeque dram – with or without sailors.

Date Distilled: 27 September 1988 Colour: Salvaged bullion just below the surface Age: 25 years Flavour : Lightly peated Cask Type: Refill ex-bourbon hogshead Whisky Region: Highland Island Outturn: 245 bottles

SMWS 31.27 A bold sailor's dram

What I Say:

Another sample received from Tom at Toms Whisky Reviews. Tom also has a certain fondness for drams produced on the fair isle of Jura.

Colour:

Refractive light amber gold (8/20), small tears with fine legs

Nose:

Toffee, mint, spirit and feinty, cereal barley grist, green apple, nectarine, zesty and citric, creamy vanilla, saltwater taffy or salted caramel, germolene or deep heat muscle rub/wintergreen oil

Taste:

Spicy white pepper, sticking plasters, butterscotch toffees, fishermens friends (menthol and eucalyptus), oak wood, ashen peat, lemon and lime zest, clove oil and lavender oil

Finish:

Long, clove and lemon oil, salty, ashen peat and butterscotch

Overall:

Actually pretty darn good. Hard not to be at this age for Jura. Not the most active of casks (again I level this accusation at many SMWS offerings) but in this case it works as the spirit character is still good. I really liked the essential oil character in this dram with wintergreen, clove, lavender and lemon all warming up the botanist in me.

Don’t take my word for it:

Read Tom’s thoughts here