Today I’m gonna test two recent releases by the Belgian independent bottler « Whisky Jury ». They seem to have a very good reputation despite the fact that they are quite new on the bottling scene so let’s see by ourselves with those two you peaters!
Ledaig 9yo 2010-2020 (53.2%, The Whisky Jury, Ex Oloroso Cask, cask #04014-1, 141 bottles)
Colour: Light gold with straw hues.
Nose: No alcohol presence. Farmy peat, lemon curd, fresh lemons, freshly cut apples and subtle leathery notes.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is very thick. No more farmy peat on the mouth, here we have some nice aerial peat and even some lemony peat notes. Anise star, a shade of wood smoke, mineral notes, brine, sea salt and there are also some bitter cocoa and caramel notes on the background. The complexity is enjoyable!
Finish: Long. Aerial and lemony peat, brine, wood smoke in the background and some mentholated freshness at the end of the finish.
A very nice young Ledaig indeed. Most of the times those young Legaig are pretty good but lack complexity, this one went is an ex Oloroso cask, not very active of course but it does a pretty nice difference by polishing the profile adding some complexity to the mix especially felt in the mouth. That’s the kind of daily dram I like!
Bunnahabhain 7yo 2013-2020 (53.2%, The Whisky Jury, Ex Oloroso Sherry Cask, cask #06018, 304 bottles)
Colour: Gold with auburn hues.
Nose: No alcohol presence. Apricots and plums jam, green apple freshly cut with the typical acidity, coastal peat, floral honey, very nice and round without being sweet. That’s a pretty good balance!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is very oily coating the mouth very well. White pepper, iodine, coastal peat, cold ash, vanilla, caramelized cooked apricot and subtle smoke in the background.
Finish: It’s starting with wood smoke, ashes and brine but then it fades away letting some delicate caramelized cooked apricot notes dominating the end of the finish.
Let this guy some time in the glass, you’ll be rewarded! A very nice balance between a very good young peaty profile and some subtle sherried notes
Well I understand why they have a good reputation, the selection is very good and they didn’t fall into the trap of releasing some average level youg Ledaig/Bunna, these are more complex than most others and the alcohol is just perfectly integrated. This is the kind of daily dram I love, but pay attention, it’s heavily quaffable! Good job Whisky Jury!