The latest series of Liquid Treasures bottlings had some retro geometric labels with bold colours. There was a Benriach 1996, Invergordon 1990 and this Jura 2009.
I think it’s fair to say that Jura is not really loved by independent bottlers, but it can often surprise you when it’s a bit older. This time it’s very young so we’re curious to see how it will turn out.
Isle of Jura 12 yo 2009 (52,9%, Liquid Treasures ‘Retro series’ 2021, bourbon hogshead, 134 btl.)
Nose: an interestingly dusty, oily profile. Mulching leaves, wet hay, hints of porridge and yeast. Also a mix of grease and metal which leads us to a car workshop. Now this may not sound sexy, but if you like Springbank or Benromach or other old-school drams, you’ll like this too.
Mouth: frankly a little raw but it suits the profile. Lightly peated and quite young. Very coastal as well. Oysters, grains, earthy notes and sea spray. Hardly any fruity notes, maybe a hint of apple Schnapps. Some barley eau-de-vie and white pepper.
Finish: long, clean, still slightly peppery and really coastal.
Clean and vertical, with a pleasant austerity. Good fun. Around € 90. Sold out from eSpirits direct but some bottles are still available from partners.