Just a hop, skip and a leap from the entry level malt in Jura’s core range. This is Elixir, Jura’s take on a fairly standard twelve year old single malt. Interesting, really, as most distilleries will release either a ten year old or a twelve year old, but not both. Jura bucks the trend here with the Elixir falling neatly in step behind the entry level ten year old ‘Origin’.
From what all kindsa interesting folk are saying online (and as per the packaging itself), the name ‘Elixir’ is an homage to the ‘mystical, life-giving properties’ associated with the water springs on this tiny little Hebridean island, with some even suggesting that the water therein is responsible for the islanders’ longevity. In a feat of death defiance only paralled in the opening pages of the Old Testament, there was apparently even a Diurach who lived long enough to have spun the sun ’round 180 times. Again from the whisky’s packaging: ‘An ancient gravestone not far from the distillery lies as testament to this tale’.
So, it would seem Jura 1) had a nifty little marketing angle to play with the magical water bit and 2) they wanted to beef up the range with what was apparently meant to be a fruity and spicy addition. Either way, motivations aside, this is a pretty decent young dram. And any time you can tag a cool story onto it…I’m all over it.
Elixir is built on a bedrock of bourbon and sherry casks, which makes sense when you taste it. The malt aligns perfectly with the spices usually plumbed from a bourbon barrel and the fruitier notes leeched from sherry butts. A ‘best of both worlds’ scenario really. It’s also a decent dram at a fair price point.
Nose: Butterscotch. Werther’s Originals. Cadbury Fruit & Nut. Suisse Mocha coffee mix (remember those rectangular tins?). A hint of sulphur, but not offputting. Spicy. Black currants and Brazil nuts. Heavy and brooding malt, but quite sweet as well. Much more so than expected.
Palate: Very sweet arrival. Chocolate covered ju-jubes…chocolate covered dried fruits. Wine notes. Very juicy. Maybe a touch of smoke. Still a whiff of brimstone. Coffee again. F*cking odd, but delightfully charming. I should note…follows delightfully well after a piece of 85% cacao dark chocolate.
Thoughts: Think I’d have prefered a touch less sherry influence, but hey…I’m still happy. Good whisky overall.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt