Not too long ago, we posted tasting notes on a drop of liquid gold from the Jura distillery. As mentioned in the past, Jura are known for producing many different whisky styles from light and fruity through to rich and heavily peated, so essentially there should be a Jura whisky for everyone. While this particular drop does fall in to one of these style categories, it was indeed a Scotch made for a more specific reason.
It is said that in the vast wilderness of the Jura island , it’s easy to lose track of time. But if you stop a moment in that beautiful wilderness and listen to the silence, the only sound to be heard soon helps you find it once more: the time. This new expression from the Jura distillery is sweet with island smoke that is revealed in this dark amber autumn gold spirit. Matured for 21 years in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and finessed in ex-peated malt casks.
On the nose: there is a lovely initial waft of sultanas, grapes (on the vine), vanilla and toffee. These initial notes are closely followed by Demerara sugar, butterscotch, all-spice, cinnamon and a twist of lemon zest. Completing the nose are notes of cheesecake, an unsuspected meaty note, pineapple, oranges, stem ginger and a hint of smoke. On the palate: notes of tropical nature are rather apparent, followed by notes of peat, vanilla and white pepper. These initial notes are followed by toffee, Demerara sugar, toasted oats and bitter dark chocolate. Rounding-off the palate are notes of oranges, lemon zest, bananas, butterscotch and a suggestion of mint and green herbs. The finish: long, sweet and spicy, with lingering nuttiness, peat and eucalyptus.
The verdict: This 21-year-old Time expression is a rather lovely surprise. It is a lovely dram that needs that needs little in the way of persuasion to share its depth in flavour. With an ABV of 47.2%, while it may seem like it may need water, just allowing it to breathe for a few minutes before drinking really does unlocks some of those lighter notes.
Jura Time 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, can be found at Travel Retail shops and sells for approximately £160. For more information on this Time 21 Year Old Single expression, visit the official Jura website.