Friday already and another weekend beckoning. Today we travel to the Isle of Jura for the “island” stopover on our whistle stop tour of Scotland.
It is an interesting stat that the red deer that inhabit the Isle of Jura outnumber the human population by 30 to 1. Jura is Norse for Deer Island for just that very reason. Although officially the present distillery was established in 1810 is is claimed that whisky was distilled on the island as far back as 1502.
Whisky: Samaroli 1997 Isle of Jura 17 yo single malt
*Cask number 9118 – American Oak – 43% Non-chill filtered*
Colour: Again light in colour as was the last Samaroli offering of Glenfarclas. The American oak they are using seems to be lightly charred and even after 17 years only leaves a little of itself behind in terms of colour. Light straw.
Nose: Salty coastal freshness with some lifted floral notes, still a very full nose at 43%.
Palate: Delicate subtle character builds around a touch of honeydew melon. The freshness and refreshment continue through such lovely light balance. I can understand again why Samaroli chose to use American oak so as not to overpower these playfully light complex flavors. The usual light smoke of Jura seems to be missing here which is interesting.
Finish: The layers of sweet and salty, sea and meadow come together to create a really intriguing whisky.
I love lighter delicate whiskies and this one is right in that vein. Samaroli certainly know how to treat a lady like this, softly and with careful attention as these lovely flavours could so easily have been snuffed out and overpowered with the wrong cask treatment.
Water: again I left it alone but if any of you are brave enough to try a splash let me know how it went.
**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.
Well we are almost half way there and tomorrow is the tipping point that will slide us down towards Christmas. To celebrate this halfway stage we will visit a seldom seen distillery that is definitely one of the rarities in this years calendar.
You can find this delight at the following retailers:
I hope you have been enjoying the calendar so far. We will be ramping up with some pretty amazing whiskies over the coming days.
Here is a recap of what you have had during the first half.
Day 1 – Wemyss Citrus Burst Linkwood 1997 – 16 Year Old Single Malt
Day 2 – A.D. Rattray Aultmore 2007 – 7 Year Old Single Malt
Day 3 – Samaroli Spey (Cragganmore) 1993 – 21 Year Old Single Malt
Day 4 – Wemyss Peat Chimney 12 Year Old Blended Malt
Day 5 – A.D. Rattray Stronachie 10 Year Old Single Malt
Day 6 – Samaroli Tormore 1995 – 19 Year Old Single Malt
Day 7 – Wemyss “The Hive” – 12 Year Old Blended Malt
Day 8 – A.D. Rattray Cask Islay Single Malt
Day 9 – Samaroli 1997 Glenfarclas 17 Year Old Single Malt
Day 10 – Wemyss Lord Elcho 15 Year Old Blended Scotch
Day 11 – A.D Rattray Stronachie 18 Year Old Single Malt
Day 12 – Samaroli 1997 Isle of Jura 17 Year Old Single Malt
See you all tomorrow for a great Saturday dram as we peek over the horizon and fix our eyes on Christmas Day a mere 13 more sleeps away.