Whyte and Mackay Ltd
Highlands, Isle of Jura
Isle of Jura
This bottle represents probably the third most thoughtful birthday gift that I have ever received. The first being a sampler basket of whiskys that Elise got me a few years back. It had all of the trademarks of a great gift: it was exactly what I had been wanting but didn’t consciously realize and it was a complete surprise. I want to thank Denise for thinking of me on my birthday. It was truly thoughtful and unexpected and I thank you once again for it.
One of the reasons this gift is as appreciated as it is, is that I had Jura a long while back and thoroughly liked it. I have since had a hard time finding it in Germany and have been looking for as long as I can recall. Hence this being a very thoughtful gift. I didn’t realize until I did some research that the island of Jura is just off of Islay, home to the famously assertive Lagavulin, and its cousin Caol Ila. However, unlike these strong malts, Jura is the home of more subtle whiskys.
Jura has a rather salty note which offsets the sweet palate. When I first tried this bottle there was a flavor that I just could not nail down. I think it is a hint of pineyness. The body is also a bit oily, making it very rich in the mouth.
Again, thanks a lot, Denise. This will be the birthday gift that keeps giving.