Jura Tastival 2015

Jura Tastival

Jura Tastival comes but once a year… and when it does Jura usually release something rather unique. Tastival is Jura’s equivalent of Islay’s Feis Ile, whereby the distillery hosts a two day extravaganza at the end of May. Following on from last year’s festival bottling which saw seven (yes, seven!) different finishes, this year they’ve released a whisky which was distilled in 1997 (so it’s approximately 18 years old) and is finished in ex-sparkling wine casks from the House of Bouvet Ladubay in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France. Limited to 3970 bottles, this whisky is bottled at a cask strength of 52%, is of natural colour and is non-chill filtered. Ex-wine casks have always been a rather hit or miss thing for me, with more misses than hits, so here’s hoping Jura have nailed it.

Jura Tastival 2015
3970 bottles only
52% ABV
£85 here

Nose: Lemon meringue, stewed apples, poached pear, and three fruit marmalade give way to cinder toffee, nutmeg, sawdust and lightly charred oak.

Palate: Really quite viscous: toffee, thick honey, charred vanilla pods, dark fruits, wood spice, root ginger, a touch of liquorice and an earthy sweetness. Very satisfying.

Finish: Dark chocolate flakes on a cask stave. Full and quite long lasting.

Overall: One of the best Juras I’ve tried. Honest. The bottle looks sexy, the price point is right and the liquid is moreish. I thought last year’s release was a little disjointed and lacked a bit of direction, probably stemming from the fact it had seen so many different types of cask. This year, however, the Tastival bottling is spot on. £85 well spent. Jura have nailed it indeed.