Jura Two-One-Two Batch 1

Jura Distillery

Jura have launched the first batch of a new expression called Two-One-Two, so named after the 212-ish islanders who live on the island. Two-One-Two will be released in batches on an annual basis over the next five years, and will consists of whisky distilled in 2006, meaning the age statement will increase as the range expands. This first batch is 13 years old and was initially matured in first and second fill bourbon casks before being finished in Chinkapin oak casks. This type of oak, known as Quercus muehlenbergii, grows in the Ozark mountains in Missouri and has rarely been used for Scotch whisky maturation (as far as I’m aware).

Commenting on the release, Gregg Glass, Whisky Maker at Whyte & Mackay, said: “Chinkapin is a wood that is rarely seen in the industry, 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.”

Here we go.

Jura Two-One-Two
Batch 1 – 2006 Vintage 13yo
Chinkapin Oak Finish
6,000 bottles
47.5% ABV
£88.95 here

Nose: Quite bready and doughy to begin, with fresh cake mix, sesame seeds, buttered pastries, and some milky coffee. There’s some stewed orchard fruits too – pear and peach – and then a touch of some savoury, umami-esque spices.

Palate: Creamy and cakey – vanilla Angel Delight, lemon oils, custard creams, macadamia nut cookies and some white mice. There’s a little candle wax too, along with sawdust, and those mixed savoury spices.

Finish: It remains creamy, but throw in some syrupy orchard fruits, zesty ginger and white pepper spice.

Overall: I was expecting a decent whisky, but not something which was *that* good. Really enjoyable, full of flavour and character, and bottled at a nice strength to keep things from getting too wishy washy. Makes you wonder why Jura mucked around with so many different wood types with their Seven Wood. It’ll be very interesting to see how the range develops from here, but they’re certainly off to a solid start.

 

 

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