In a nutshell: A subtly smoky and richly flavoured 18 Year Old Island Single malt aged finished in red wine casks.
The lowdown: Matured for eighteen years in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels and finished in Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux barrels to add a layer of fruity richness this is one of the pinnacles of Jura's core range expressions. The nose exudes aromas of creamy vanilla, toffee and chocolate while on the palate there a soft minerality surrounding the soft spices and fruitcake richness behing which there's a whiff of smokiness. It finishes with candied fruits and hints of smokiness that very slowly fade away.
The Isle of Jura Distillery, in the village of Craighouse in the island's only Scotch Whisky producer. Which is in contrast to the neighbouring island of Islay, one of the centres of the industry.
In fact, for most of the twentieth century there wasn't a distillery on Jura at all. It wasn't until 1963, after extensive rebuilding, that the original works, founded in 1810 re-opened.
Despite being close by Jura whiskies differ in nature quite a bit from their Islay counterparts. There's plenty of power there, but not the intense peat smoke character. It's currently under the ownership of Whyte & Mackay who are themselves a subsidiary of Emperador Distillers of the Philippines.