18 Feb 2012
Jura 1988 (Villa Konthor)
Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Jura
Villa Konthor is the well-known whisky bar in Limburg, Germany. They have a proprietary label for bottlings that are usually similar to the Whisky Agency releases. Be sure to visit them if you’re heading for the Whisky Fair festival in April.
Isle of Jura 23 yo 1988
(56,3%, Villa Konthor 2011, sherry cask)
Nose: a peculiar and very interesting profile again. There’s very ripe fruit, a lot of hay and nice Brora-esk farmy notes. More farmy than how I remember the Whisky Agency version. Quite some cigar leaves and leather again. Fresh herbs and heather. A slight caramel / chocolate note. Iodine in the background. Mouth: earthy, peppery and rather peaty. It grows on bitter herbal notes and something vaguely medicinal. Some walnuts and a little salt. Oak. Ginger. Maybe a little too herbal compared to the TWA version. Finish: warm and dry with some grassy notes (or pine needles) and nuts. Medium long.
I think this is a beautiful profile that is not commonly found these days. One of the rare occasions that I’ve found Brora elements in another distillery. Not the most balanced palate, but definitely worth a try. Around € 105. Sold by their partner webshop eSpirits.