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Jura Prophecy

I have said it before and I will say it again, I do regret never going to Jura when I had the chance because the more I try their whisky the more I like it.  The label describes this 46% ABV expression as "heavily peated" which might be a slight overstatement, but I did like it and my prophecy is I that will drink this again sometime.     The nose was more smoky than peaty, with lots of citrus peel and dried fruits that also came through in the taste, along with sweet, sugary marmalade - even jammy - notes and a oily, mouthcoating  richness.  Very approachable and morish (moorish?).  The oily, smokey and slightly bitter, burnt wood notes in the finish balance the sweetness well.  If I still rated whiskies with stars this would get some. 

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  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:22

    Distillery Tours from My Couch

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    It has been a while since I visited a distillery. In fact the last blog entry on a distillery visit was back in 2017 when I visited the site of the not yet open Dartmoor Distillery. The last time I was actually in one, excluding The London Distillery, was the Anchorage Distillery in February 2017. So I thought I would take advantage of the COVID quarantine to conduct some virtual distillery tours after I saw an article online about virtual tours in Imbibe (link below). As I have been to three of them before (Four Roses, Buffalo Trace and Glenturret) I will start with the ones I have not yet visited physically which include a Tequila Distillery, a Japanese distillery and three in the UK; Sipsmith, Laphroaig and Talisker.

    I am sure some of you will point out that as I didn’t actually visit the site I can’t count these visits in my official list. To those people I say, in the words of The Pub Landlord … My Blog, My Rules.

    So yes, they count. 


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    Red Stag (Spiced with Cinnamon)

    Jim Beam are certainly keen to have a range of brands that use every drop of whisky they produce.  In addition to their tradional brands and generally excellent small batch brands, recently they had added the Devil's Cut where they mix and then sell the whisky they can recover from old barrels and now they also have a range of flavored whiskies called Red Stag.  I would have stayed away from them but Ian Buxton included Red Stag in 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die and so I had to try at least one.  Observant readers may notice that in the book Ian reviewed Red Stag Black Cherry, however I did confirm with Ian via Twitter (@101whiskies) that the specific flavor was not the point here... so pedants please do not email or comment, this one counts.  The nose had some vanilla and other familiar bourbon notes.  Nothing untoward here at least.  The taste was sweet, and the texture was a little viscous for my taste.  Gloopy almost.  There is some honey and vanilla in the taste but the cinnamon spice soons kicks in.  This spice lasts into the finish but overall it is not enough to balance out the sweetness of the taste.  That's about it, sweet with cinnamon.