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Isle of Jura 12 Year Old Elixir

Rancid Edge

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

26th Aug 2012


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In 2011, a few days shy of Christmas, Isle of Jura launched a special release of their new 12 Year Old Elexir, bottled at 40% ABV and sold in 350ml bottles, exclusively through the British Sainsbury stores. Less than six months later, the general release, this time bottled at 46%, was available. I will be trying the 40% version from a small bottle. It is a mix of both American and European casks.

The nose is surprisingly fatty and rather atypical for Jura. It reminds me of lemon cake, heavily sprinkled with cinnamon and ginger. Tobacco as well, from your grandfather’s pipe. Some nuts, too. Hazelnuts and chestnut. But it has something that I can only describe as a rancid edge. I cannot put the finger to it, which annoys me to no end. I want to like the nose, but I just cannot.

It is oily and mouthcoating, showing some good body. Sweet and spicy, just as the label promised. There is a clear influence of the sherry cask here. Orangettes, woodsmoke and again those nuts. Raisins and dades. Plums on syrup. Pleasant.

The finish is rather long. Only now, at the end, does the peat show itself.

The palate and finish claim a good whisky, but the nose keeps irritating me. I am somewhat curious as to the 46% version. Anyone?

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