SMWS 31.27 Bold sailor’s dram

Jura 25 Years Old 1988 31.27 Bold sailor’s dram (52.4%, SMWS, Refill Bourbon HH, 245 Bottles, 2014)

  • Category: Island single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Isle of Jura Distillery
  • Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • ABV: 52.4%
  • Cost: £95
  • Score: 87/100


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.


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


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


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


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


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

Categories: Island, Jura

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