New Jura Scotch Series Pays Homage To Its Island Home Community - The Whiskey Wash

New Jura Scotch Series Pays Homage To Its Island Home Community

By Nino Marchetti / October 9, 2019

Scotland’s Jura distillery is set on its namesake island, a tiny plot of land off the west coast. It has, it is said, only one road, one pub, around 200 people and, of course, the whisky making operation. The distillery was first established in 1810 and then later reborn in 1963 to “revive the community,” this making Jura always about Jura first.

The new Jura Two-One-Two series, according to those behind it, is so named for the “212 (ish) members of the Jura community.” The first offering under it is a 13 year old single malt that saw unique finishing time in Chinkapin oak casks from the Ozark Mountain Range of Missouri.  Said to be “known for its acorns, this is a highly prize white hardwood which adds a distinctive twist to the sweet, spicy and smoky character.”

“Chinkapin is a wood that is rarely seen in the industry,” said Gregg Glass, Whisky Maker at Whyte & Mackay (Jura’s parent company), in a prepared statement, “but the impact it imparts on Jura’s light grassy spirit is worth the experiment. It’s a fantastic partner which pushes the boundaries of what people expect of Jura’s house style, while its pioneering nature is the perfect way to celebrate the exceptional community which our distillery sits at the heart of.”

Jura Two-One-Two

Jura Two-One-Two (image via Jura)

As it stands now plans call for just 6,000 bottles, each bottled at 47.5% ABV and costing $120, to be released in select global markets. The bottle comes wrapped in paper adorned with imagery from the island. You’ll find limited official tasting notes for whisky Scotch below for your consideration.

  • Color – Warm honey
  • Nose – Lemon cake, cinnamon spice and creamy toffee
  • Palate – Poached pear, sherbet and roasted pistachio