Whisky Focus - Jura 39¾ Year Old A Taste Of What Is To Come

Jura 39¾ Year Old A Taste Of What Is To Come

26th July 2013
A chance for Jura’s Twitter followers to win a rare sample of the 39¾, in return for retweeting the video virtual tasting of the Jura 39¾.

Last month I was lucky enough to get the chance to taste a very rare Jura single malt whisky, the 39¾ - a preview of the soon to be released Jura 40 year old malt - was also exclusively sampled to visitors at the Jura Whisky Festival, an established event in the annual “Fèis Ìle” (Islay Whisky Festival) which took place in May. Artist Robbie’s Brown Shoes, of the Puck Collective, has visually captured the tasting session led by Jura’s Global Brand Ambassador Willie Tait, as well as the responses and opinions of those who were lucky enough to taste the vintage malt.

Breaking the mould of traditional whisky tastings, Robbie has brought Willie’s words to life in a short film and accompanying illustrations in his own distinctive style. As well as taking viewers through the history of Jura whisky, Robbie captures the scents of pineapple, coffee beans and old English marmalade and the tastes of manuka honey, sultanas and amaretto liqueur, which can all be savoured in the release.

Jura’s loyal fans will now have the chance to experience the new malt, when the short film which was released online yesterday Thursday 25th July. As well as enjoying a preview of the malt, Jura’s Twitter followers will also have the chance to win a rare sample of the 39¾, in return for retweeting the video.

Jura 39 ¾ Year Old Tasting Notes

This rather unusual 39 ¾ year old whisky is a pre-launch of the Jura 40 year old which will officially be launched some time in 2014.

Matured in second fill sherry butt then transferred to amoroso sherry casks for the final year of maturation.
This pre launch sample is 51.4% ABV and I doubt it will drop much more between now and being bottled but it could still take on some more sherry between now and being bottled but here is what I think of it now.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: I could nose this 39 ¾ for hours. Big sherried Dundee cake come to mind. Dusty vanilla, Demerara sugar, burnt raisins, orange, crushed almonds, definitely old sherried Dundee cake.

Taste: In the mouth, loads going on, brilliant, this has aged well a delicious mature sherried Jura. Luscious sherry, some spice, dark chocolate. Getting drier by the mouthful. Grape, vanilla and wood spice combine wonderfully.

Finish: Long. Cadburys fruit and nut, cocoa, vanilla and mature oak all slowly fading.

Comment: Simply gorgeous, lovely balance of oak and sherry all with the Jura DNA. Brilliant my dram of the evening. And what a dram to finish the evening with. The price of Jura 39 ¾ (40 year old when it will be released) is yet to be confirmed. I am told it will potentially be launched in the Spring 2014. Definitely amongst the best big sherried drams in this age group which I have had the pleasure of tasting. Highly recommend it if it is within your budget.

SMW Score 94/100

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