Jura 1990 (Whisky Sponge)

Jura 1990 (Whisky Sponge)

Another Jura from Whisky Sponge, don’t mind if we do… I’ve really grown fond of these old Jura expressions, they’re unique and seem to take varying positions within the Clynelish-Springbank-Port Ellen triangle, if that makes sense. This one was distilled in 1990 and matured in a refill hogshead.


Jura 30 yo 1990 (49,7%, Whisky Sponge 2020, refill hogshead, 217 btl.)

Nose: wet gravel, chalk and leather, mixed with hay and sunflower oil. Something muddy. Waxed papers and a little (nice) plastic. Next to this overwhelming mineral side there is a layer of  green bananas. Brighter lime and tangerine as well.

Mouth: a fairly zesty start, like lemon peel and grapefruit (here the yellow kind, not the pink one I’d say). Eucalyptus and walnuts, as well as a peaty and earthy layer, hinting towards Caol Ila. Some green tea and resin. Candle wax and a little mint. Sharper than the nose.

Finish: long, still very zesty, with a light bitterness and drops of herbal liqueurs.

Great oldskool whisky again, a little less fruity and much more zesty than the other 1990 and 1991 examples of late. I prefer the others, but I have to admit it’s not a direct comparison (we simply cannot keep these babies closed until another one presents itself…). Sold out, as far as I know.