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October 16, 2020


Orwell’s favourite

Well, not too sure I’m correct, as it seems that the distillery was built way after the famous writer had sojourned on the island and written 1984. I’m joking, of course, it had been dismantled and was only rebuilt in 1963. Anyway, yet another stoopid introduction it seems, on to the whiskies…

Jura ‘Winter Edition’ (40%, OB, 2020)

Jura ‘Winter Edition’ (40%, OB, 2020) Three stars
This NAS is brand new, and was finished in sherry. Given the strength, this should be pretty easy… Colour: gold. Nose: pretty nice, with some sunflower oil, touches of sawdust, fresh walnuts (as opposed to the oloroso-y old ones), white asparagus, shea butter, a touch of mint syrup… No, seriously, it's a fine, rather fresh nose, rather gentler than your average Jura. No feinty notes whatsoever. Mouth: a little weak and thin perhaps, that’s the low strength, but there’s good fudge and toffee. A bit akin to café latte, but incomparably better than any café lattes. Trying to write like JM – no worries, my dear wife is watching me day and night and may (well might, well she won’t) read this. So I’ll never tell you about that Outer-Mongolian baroness who, while I had been invited to host a joint Sazerac-Bacardi tasting session in Ulan-Bator and teach advanced throat singing to the locals – mostly girls, had… Oh come on! Finish: shortish but fine, pleasantly malty, with the expected touches of cardboard in the aftertaste. Comments: perfectly fine, perhaps worthy of some extra-3%?..
SGP:341 - 80 points.

Jura 18 yo (44%, OB, +/-2019)

Jura 18 yo (44%, OB, +/-2019) Two stars
Imagine I haven’t tried the 18 since… Oh my, 2007! But Jura was weak back then, really. Some nasty bottlings, not all of them, but there. Now this newer expression was finished in some Bordeaux red, most sadly (not STR), but you never know, this little juice may have escaped the mighty cabernety army. Which, by the way, I just love – In my wine glass. Colour: golden amber. Nose: some earth, peonies, blood oranges marmalade, heather honey, candied cherries, leather and ginger, more earth, wallflowers, pecan pie… I have to say this is a fine, rather rich and yet pretty elegant nose. But don’t we all know that silly wine finishings usually rather fail… on the palate? Mouth: nah, they know what they’re doing. This is not my preferred style at all, and we’re rather finding more café latte plus these dusty and honeyed sides (both at the same time), but otherwise except a drying cardboard and coffee combo in the back, this would rather kind of work, relatively. Well no, I’m having trouble liking it a lot, honestly. Finish: medium, dry and a little burnt and bitter. Burnt molasses, heavy cinnamon, some sour cardboard in the aftertaste. Comments: love the distillery, the people, the master blender, the settings and some of their whiskies, but frankly, I find this one rather too difficult. Tough love.
SGP:462 - 75 points.

Perhaps an indie…

Jura 29 yo 1991/2020 (52%, WhiskySponge, Patersponge Collection, refill barrel, 152 bottles)

Jura 29 yo 1991/2020 (52%, WhiskySponge, Patersponge Collection, refill barrel, 152 bottles) Five stars
A load of fun around this bottling, even if some of the jokes are relatively private. I’m sure at least 152 people will have got it all. Colour: gold. Nose: Jura in its most naked glory, at times a little hesitant, but very complex and gathering both herbal/earthy and spicy/waxy aromas. I’m finding quite a lot of resinous woods (thuja, cedar…), a lot of hay and chamomile tea, and some beautiful notes of faded wisteria and orange blossom. Whiffs of turon, mint-flavoured nougat (try that) and balsa wood. Complex. With water: oak oils, fresh bark, liquorice wood, fresh hazelwood… Mouth (neat): pretty oaky. Wood and mint, wax, cedarwood (cigar wrapping, those small Romeos I remember) and herbal teas. Some resinous honey, honeydew, chestnut… A lot of liquorice wood too. Very good, just bordering oakiness at times. Branches and stems. With water: careful! A green tannicity coming out, leaves, saps… Finish: long, really pretty much on green tea and fresh woods. Cinnamon mints, mint drops. Comments: at the border indeed. As a tea lover, this doesn’t bother me at all, but if you prefer Fanta, be careful. Other than that, brilliant old Jura, very well selected by M. Patersponge.
SGP:372 - 90 points.

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