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04 Jul 2012

Jura 1988 (Archives)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted 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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  • Tony: Yes, lower! It is almost unheard of for a more recent and older aged bottling to be 30% cheaper than the previously released one. Maybe that also help
  • Tony: True - I had it in my basket in one web shop as soon as it was announced, but it disappeared before I could check out! Luckily I have some of the prev
  • WhiskyNotes: I don't know, Gal. This kind of bottle is either sold out through pre-orders, or in a webshop five minutes after it appears online.

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