Bourbon JO Cask finish.
Not so long ago I spent a weeked at the seaside in Ustka. More and more I like this town, especially as it has changed positively since the beginning of the present century. This year I was there the second time.
After exploring the beach and nearby restaurants, walking up the promenade I came across a store with alcohol. Selection of whiskies was quite ok, but one item caught my attention. It was The Isle of Jura 1995 Boutique Barrels Bourbon JO Cask finish. Distilled on 14th November 1995, cask strength 56,5% ABV, single cask bottling, non-chillfiltered, natural colour. Bottled in 2010, but I do not know exactly when, so we have 14 or 15 years. Excellent presentation and additionally something I haven’t seen before. I figured out that they created 300 bottles of this single malt. The first period whisky matured in virgin oak barrels and then finished in first fill bourbon barrels.
C: honey, light amber;
N: intense, vanilla, toffee, caramel, fudge, fruit bubble gum – Hubba Bubba (I do not know if it is present today), a touch of strawberry, fresh wood shaves, pear and apple, grass, hay, some herbs, after addition of water slightly softens, but doesn’t lose aromas, interesting – there is the smell of the paper, as for the printer, more vanilla and sweet, there is also an orange;
T: well and quickly spreads in the mounth, almost immediately begins to spark on the tongue, as in the nose traces of fruit gum, after a while there is bitterness and taste of wood, we have here 56,5% ABV so a lot of place for water, lets try it now, it seems that wood and bitterness tones got bigger, but there are also fruits, certainly grapefruits, with a pear, an apple and ripe orange, it gets pretty sweet, I sense here a clear influence of bourbon;
F: medium long with traces of bitterness and wood, extends through the addition of water, there is also grapefruit and orange peel.
Very interesting whisky. I think we have a big influence of virgin barrels here, I read that it is new American wood – qurecus alba – white oak, it plays the role of first violin. It seems to me that we have here a little too much bitterness, but in general is a very interesting and powerful whisky. It suits me more than the other classic official Jura releases. Cask strength gives a lot of place to add water, it is worth to do that and spend some more time studying changes of this whisky.