Jura Seven Wood
Nicola and I have visited Islay on many occasions and on two or three of these visits we took the very short ferry journey across to the Isle of Jura to visit the distillery and do the tour and purchase some bottlings from the distillery shop.
This distillery was first established in 1810 and closed in 1901 and over the decades it was left to slowly fall into a state of disrepair. In 1960 it was resurrected and three years later it started to distil once more. The name Jura comes from the Norse word deer.
Nicola and I have loved and tasted many Jura expressions including, 10 Year old Origin, 16 year old Diurach’s Own, Prophecy, the new 10 year old and Journey, but, my favourite over the years has been the lightly peated Superstition. This distillery sits in the heart of Craighouse which is the Island’s capital and also has the only pub, shop and church.
This Jura Seven Wood bottling is matured in very select first fill American oak casks and French oak barrels, Vosges, Jupilles, Les Bertranges, Allier, Tronçais, and Limousin casks.
Let’s open this bottle and have a wee taste.
Nose…Warming sweet spicy notes, vanilla, mixed herbs, invites you in.
Taste…Elegant, a lovely citrus burst, a little oily, a congregation of complex flavours, light sea salty spray, soft fruits and hiding way in the back is a slight hint of smoke.
Finish…Long and sweet, spicy.
I loved this one, almost as good as my favourite, Superstition. This bottle is priced at £59.95, a good price for a fantastic dram.
I would class this fine dram as an ideal aperitif.