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04 Jul 2012

Jura 1988 (Archives)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Jura

An Isle of Jura 1988 in the Archives series. Similar casks have been bottled by Wilson & Morgan (#747) and Mo Òr (#756). Other recent bottlings by The Whisky Agency and Villa Konthor were very much to my liking.

 

Jura 1988 ArchivesIsle of Jura 24 yo 1988 (51,3%, Archives 2012, bourbon cask #752, 60 btl.)

Nose: a curious nose. There’s sweet heather honey, almond paste and some caramel. Roasted chestnuts. Lovely farmy notes as well (hay, wet stables, hints of manure). Leather. Cigar leaves. Then nice menthol notes and back to fruitier notes (overripe apricots). Some mineral notes. Impressive complexity. Unusual but very nice. Mouth: starts on oranges, herbs and liquorice, followed by some earthy and rooty notes. Hints of peat even. Ginger. Malty notes underneath. A coastal twist as well. Finish: medium long, rather grassy and herbal, with a nutty edge and a zesty bitterness.

On the nose this Jura is truly unique, with a wonderful hint of farmy Brora to it. It’s slightly herbal and tangy on the palate, but lovely entertainment nonetheless. Around € 85 (quite a lot cheaper than comparable releases), available from Whiskybase.

Score: 89/100

Jura 1988 (Archives) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-07-04

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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