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According to some, this Jura 18 Year Old is no longer being manufactured. But on the other hand, I read somewhere that it was introduced in 2007 to replace the 21 Year Old. So I cannot be sure. The label states that this is a Truly Magical Whisky. OK, Jura, work your magic.
The nose offers the typical Jura characteristics immediately. I get than rancid edge again, although that sounds a lot worse than it really is. Dandelions and malt with a hint of smoke in the background. After breathing it offers caramel and roasted nuts. A small amount of raisins and oak, as well as some tobacco. Spices? Yes, vanilla and candied ginger. Actually, this nose is getting better by the minute, so I will leave it for a while. After five minutes it has become super fruity. Apple, rhubarb and peaches – I kid you not – sprinkled with light brown sugar.
It is oily, mouthcoating and immediately very sweet. It reminds me of plum liqueur. And praline. OK, pralines filled with licqueur. Not bad, but not great either. Not a lot is happening on the palate. The spices do give it some depth.
The medium long finish remains sweet, but becomes somewhat spirity towards the death.
The nose needed time, but developed beautifully. That, alas, can not be said about the palate.