Jura Rum Cask Finish is the latest addition to the Cask Editions series. Whisky maker Gregg Glass uses it to experiment with different cask finishes, in this case Caribbean rum. Previously we had a sherry and red wine edition as well. This whisky comes at only 40% ABV – a typical complaint for many expressions from Jura distillery.
Jura Rum Cask Finish (40%, OB 2021)
Nose: a bit of a generic ‘crowd pleasing’ profile, but not bad at all. It’s rather sweet, with a lot of apricot aromas, alongside candy apples, butter pastry and hints of cinnamon. Vanilla and sweet oranges. Also hints of fresh oak and coconut shavings. Honey. It’s a dessert style whisky, and the usual Jura funk is nowhere to be found.
Mouth: a bit watery, and still quite sweet. A lot of banana notes with vanilla fudge and honey. Stewed yellow apples. In the second half the oak comes out, with more vanilla as well some tangy spice like ginger and nutmeg. Maybe a pinch of salt as well.
Finish: decent length considering the low ABV. Honey and sweet oak spice basically.
No complaints: this Rum Cask Finish is better than expected. It’s a little generic with very little distillery character to be found, and a tangy hint of fresh wood. At around £ 40 this offers decent value for money. Originally this was a Tesco exclusive but now you can find it in other places. Also samples are available from The Whisky Exchange.