The Whisky Jury Islay Single Malt 1990 - 30 Years Old

The Whisky Jury Islay Single Malt 1990 - 30 Years Old

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30 Years Old


51.5 % ABV - 700ml

Cask #4404303



Undisclosed whiskies are really everywhere these days if you look among independent bottlers. Sometimes it’s a matter of casks that don’t fit the distillery profile, but often I’m convinced distilleries don’t want you to easily see the premium they’re asking for official bottlings. If, say, Laphroaig has a big surplus of excellent 1990 casks, then indies can sell them for a lot less…

The Whisky Jury has an undisclosed Islay Single Malt 1990 in its latest batch. Thirty years old, matured in refill wood. At the same time there’s a sister cask exclusively available in Singapore.

Nose: such elegance! The Islay peat has been transformed into gentle, waxy smoke which leaves plenty of room for fruity notes. Think apricots, pink grapefruit and some sweet and sour pineapple. Subtle spearmint (evolving into camphor over time), honey and tiny herbal notes. Just a whiff of vanilla and polished wood. Hints of lemony brine and dusty canvas. Excellent.

Mouth: smokier, more mineral now, with coal smoke and a subtle tarry note, including a gently bitter herbal side. Very refined again. The second wave of aromas is fruit: more pineapple, hints of green mango and apple. Increasing notes of herbal tea towards the end, alongside floral honey and a pinch of pepper.

Finish: long, still showing some fruits, mixed with medicinal potions, cardamom and a subtle waxy echo.

A highly refined, complex and layered Islay malt, just like the label that adorns it. The price is fair as well. What’s more to say about this beauty?