Scotch By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / May 6, 2020 The Jura Scotch single malt whisky brand, perhaps not to the best timing right now given the significant global impact to travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, has decided to release into travel retail a new and very rare 44 year old bottling. It is a single cask offering that saw additional maturation in ex-port casks for a number of years. The new Jura Very Rare Vintage 1975, according to those behind it, initially saw the majority of its maturation in an American oak, ex-bourbon barrel. For its last six years, however, it was matured in Tawny port pipes sourced from “the Symington Family Estates in the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal.” It was then recently bottled at 46.2% ABV. Jura Very Rare Vintage 1975 (image via Jura) “Despite the current climate, there is still strong demand for these unique and very rare releases appealing to Scotch aficionados and collectors,” said parent company Whyte & Mackay’s Travel Retail Director. Richard Trimby, in a prepared statement. “This Very Rare Vintage 1975 is a remarkable single malt which not only shows a real test of time, but also reflects the incredible skills of our whisky makers in knowing when the time was right to bottle this rare treasure. “Our commitment to offering special, limited and truly rare products is reflected in this release and we are sure both Jura lovers and the wider whisky fraternity will relish this extraordinary whisky.” As it stands now plans call for the 21 bottles of this release, each priced at £6,880, or around $8,500 USD, to be made available through travel retail outlets in Asia. The presentation box the bottle is nestled in includes a 5 cl miniature alongside a book sharing the story of this single malt. Limited official tasting notes are presented below. Color – Amber gold with crimson highlights. Nose – Aromatic sandalwood, blood orange, raisin and toasted bananas. Taste – Tropical fruit salad, nectarines and roasted walnuts with a black coffee finish. Shop the Johnnie Walker Blue Label at ReserveBar!