Hooray, our little country has another independent bottler. Joeri has been working on his project for many months and now he is ready to be discovered. The name The Whisky Jury is well chosen, as he is a jury when it comes to selecting the casks he wants to bottle, but it is also the phonetic version of his first name in English. He enters the market with a 23 years old single cask of Ben Nevis, distilled in 1995. Lovely label, by the way. If this was Belgium, he’d already have his first yes!
Wonderfully waxy nose on tropical fruit. Think banana, peach, mango and pineapple. A touch candy-like. Sugared orange peel, nougat and a hint of gyproc (alright, that sounds weird, but it really works) and mint. Finally some cherry tea and meringue. The second yes is there!
Waxy on the palate as well and perfectly drinkable without adding water. Immediately very fruity and tropical (the mango and pineapple are enhanced and some extra lime kicks in), while a lovely mineral side appears. Honey over pebbles, should that exist. Fonding with a peppery bite. The third yes has just been awarded!
The finish… no, make that Finish with capital F please: long, waxy with lots of mint, pepper and the slowly fading tropical fruit. Lovely bitterness at the death. That’s four yesses!
The Whisky Jury has been voted to the next round! Coincidence: this is the 30th Ben Nevis that I tried. What an entrance! Congratulations, Joeri, and good luck. Looking forward to your second release. And 140 euro? That’s bang for your buck right there.