This year, on 28 and 29 May, Jura Tastival 2014 will take place. In their own words, this is a 'whisky tasting revolution'. Especially for the festival a whisky was bottled under the name Tastival. Along with a few other bloggers, I received a nice box from Whyte & Mackay, containing 5 samples, including this Tastival. So let us get to work!
Ooh, quite a special nose. Barely sweet (think apples and a touch of toffee), but mostly roast beef and hard goat cheese. Nice hints of bacon, which I did not really expect. A bit of selery salt and broth. Very hearty whisky, it would seem. If you are patient enough, it becomes a bit sweeter.
It is very oily on the palate, almost creamy. Loads of wood, making it dry. Reminds me a bit of peanut butter. I am not sure I like that (in my whisky, I mean). Not as hearty and salty on the palate. Now it is very sweet, but I cannot identify any fruit. What a mysterious Jura!
The finish is very long and spicy. Think pepper and ginger, but also some nutmeg. It dies a dry, woody death.
A special Isle of Jura, that much is certain, but I am not head over heels unfortunately. I did quite like the nose, though.