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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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  • Monday, 28 September 2020 15:12

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #56

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    Location: Katz's, Houston, Texas 

    Date: September 2020

    Price: $12.00

    Recipe: Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth and Angostura Bitters 

    Garnish: Luxardo maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: On the larger side which as it was served "up" in a tumbler warmed a little too quickly

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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