A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
There are 498 bottles of the Jura 1977. Priced at £600, it is bottled at 46% ABV and available to buy from: www.jurawhisky.com or from specialist whisky retailers
Filled to cask in 1977, this vintage release was originally matured in three first fill bourbon casks before being finished in a ruby port pipe for 12 months.
The 1977 vintage is presented in a solid oak box, with each box hand-crafted by Scottish-based cabinet maker, John Galvin.
W&M says this vintage takes its name from the Gaelic word for the Yew tree, which once sprawled across the entire island of Jura. Translated as ‘Juar’, the Yew tree is associated with immortality and regeneration, with some even believing it gives access to the ‘otherworld’.
The whisky is described as: “sweet, fruity and warm amber in colour. The nose provides subtle notes of peach melba, creamy caramel, ripe sweet pineapple and maple syrup, giving way to the tastes of crushed pear, passion fruit, kiwi and sweet apricots.