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25 May 2013

Tasting Isle of Jura 35 Year Old Singe Casks 888 & 889

Posted by Alastair in

Towards the fall of 2012 posh London fine wine and spirits merchant Berry Brothers & Rudd (they bottled our Whisky Bible 2013 triumphant Macduff 2000) launched two 1976 single cask expressions from the Isle of Jura Distillery. Now, BBR has quite a lot of experience selecting jolly good Scotch and have spent very many years tending their specially chosen whiskey casks. In fact it is the oldest wine and spirit merchant in the United Kingdom having traded from the same shop in the very heart of London town since 1698.

Isle of Jura Scotch Distillery is quite old too having been established in 1810 on the Isle of Jura off the west coast of Scotland, its remoteness requiring something of a super-pilgrimage on the part of Scotch whiskey distillery aficionados. It was rebuilt in 1963 and with the able assistance of its enthusiastic admirers will celebrate its second 50th anniversary with music, much merriment and even a whiskey master class at sea during the very imminent 2013 Islay Whiskey Festival.

Isle of Jura is rarely bottled by independents, in recent memory only a Jura 20 Year Old Douglas Laing springs to mind. This pair from Berry's are, amazingly, twin whiskey casks #888 & #889 both ex-sherry hogsheads which incidentally are the most expensive Berry's Own bottlings we've ever seen. Here is a rare opportunity to compare and contrast two posh and seemingly very similar whiskies. Let's give them a whirl....

jura 35 year old 1976 berrys own 889 single malt scotch

Jura 35 Year Old / 1976 / 55.1% Cask #889

Nose: Plum jam, sweet sherry, oak, leaf tobacco, dried fruit, waxed lemon peel.
Palate: Melted butter, plums, black treacle, cinnamon, nutmeg, oak, ash. Tobacco and leather leading to a warm & spicy dry finish. Outstanding!

jura 35 year old 1976 berrys own 888 single malt scotch

Jura 35 Year Old / 1976 / 53.5% Cask #888

Nose: Very shy compared with its sibling, some sweet sherry, raisins, mocha coffee, damp musky warehouse, lavender and beeswax.
Palate: Quite waxy and oaky, lots of leather and tobacco, the finish is sweet yet dry with shortbread and cinnamon stick.

Thanks to @berrybrosrudd for the samples.

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