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It has been way too long since I last tried a whisky from the Isle of Jura. So let me go for the big guns and try a 30 Year Old that listens to the name Camas an Staca, which means as much as Standing Stones. It refers to some of the ancient stones spread over the island. The whisky matured for 27 years in American oak and then got a finish for three years on Spanish sherry casks.
The nose is deliciously fruity with loads of different sorts of grains and nuts. Let us call is muesli: raisins, apricots, coconut, pomegranate and banana. Some smoke lingers in the background. After a few moments it even smells a bit fatty. This is great!
It is oily and sweet, but immediately also turns somewhat umami. Smoked meat? Some pine nuts on a bonfire. Nice spiciness with black pepper, liquorice and a hint of cloves. Midpalate the fruit returns, keeping the oak at bay. Big influence of sherry.
A nice smokiness and some spices return in the medium long finish.
Great and complex Jura. A bottle will set you back some 350 pounds, though.