Isle of Jura 1966/1986 (50%, Duthie for Samaroli, cask #1943, 180 bottles) Five stars A rare old version that was selected by Master Silvano Samaroli. It’s ex-sherry cask, so we’re expecting something quite big… Besides, we had a 1966/1996 by Signatory a while back and it was fabulous (WF 94). Colour: gold. Nose: very, very close to the 1976 at first nosing, albeit a notch more fragrant (lilies) and slightly more medicinal (camphor, antiseptic, balms). Other than that, we have the same fino-ish notes, walnuts, tobacco… Oh, and quite some old pu-erh tea, which is always a grace. No water needed. Mouth (neat): astoundingly medicinal! Actually, it’s almost too much and maybe a tad unbalanced. Litres of cough syrup, then an immense brininess, barrows of lemons and kumquats, salted anchovies and lime, green curry, lemon liqueur, cardamom and cloves, smoked fish (all kinds, kippers…) It’s really huge whisky. With water (just for fun): more, much more on salted cough syrup. More peat as well. Finish: extremely long, almost heavy. Comments: an hyper-oily old Jura, very extreme, very extravagant, very medicinal. Good medicine for sure! SGP:475 - 93 points.