No, I don’t know how to pronounce feith a’ chaorainn either, but it seems that it means ‘the lands around the rowan’. Ah, Native American names! ;-). Colour: full gold. Nose: the whole nose screams ‘fresh American oak’ at first sniffs, with this bold combination of vanilla, maple syrup, fresh ginger and sawdust. Yet, it’s absolutely not bourbonny, rather very ‘islander’ – which isn’t always the case with Jura in my experience. Indeed, there’s some peat smoke, cigarette tobacco (is it still legal to quote tobacco?), moss and lemon zests, the whole getting even drier after that, with more shoe polish, fresh walnuts, touches of dill and fennel and then straight ashes, a bit ala Caol Ila. An interesting fairly austere version of Jura that’s got something of fino sherry. Mouth: ho ho ho, this is big whisky! Starts right where the nose stopped, on ashes and smoke, becoming wonderfully grassy and camphory after that, with also just as much tobacco and lemon zests. Superb grassy/smoky dryness. Keeps developing more on brine, olives, sweet mustard and salty liquorice, and after a few minutes you would think it’s a great Bowmore from the early to mid 1970s. Enough said. Finish: long, salty and very smoky, with a perfect grassy and sooty aftertaste (and quite some thyme and rosemary). Comments: it’s not a surprise, but it’s amazingly good whisky with a lot of character. An unusual but pretty fabulous Jura – but you’ll have to pay for this very high quality, since it carries a 645 Euros price tag. SGP:374 - 93 points.