Jura Tastival 2017 – 51% abv
Info: Made using whiskies finished in American oak bourbon barrels and Douro Valley Port pipes from Graham’s. Natural cask strength, no chill-filtration.
Colour: Summer rich golden with slight orange pink tints.
Nose: Rich and pungent; more autumnal than I had expected, packed with rich red port fruits, hints of cracked nuts, lashings of cream and a hint of chocolate.
Palate: Thick and creamy, with spices gently building into very warming peppery tones, backed up by the fruit, (hazel) nuts and cream found on the nose. Hints of damp dunnage.
Finish: The finish has a really refreshing eucalyptus element to it which I wasn’t expecting, the fruits hang around for ages with a good maltiness coming through and a hint of char.
Thoughts: I remember enjoying last year’s festival offering from Jura, and I very much enjoy this years too, it’s nice that it’s reasonably simple (i.e. not too much cask faffing), but done well.
Available: Master of Malt – £87.53
Thanks to Jura for the sample.