Jura debuts community-inspired Two-One-Two range

Scotch whisky brand Jura has released the first expression in its new limited edition series – a 13-year-old single malt finished in chinkapin oak casks.

The whisky, called Jura Two-One-Two #1, is the first expression in the new Jura Two-One-Two range. The series is dedicated to the roughly 212 members of the island community, where Jura distillery is located. An expression will be released annually over the next five years. Jura Two-One-Two #1 was finished in chinkapin oak casks from the Ozark mountain region in Missouri, US. The casks are said to provide a “distinctive twist to the sweet, spicy and smoky character”. Described as “elegant” on the nose, the “lemon cake” aroma leads to cinnamon spice and creamy toffee. The palate has hints of poached ear and sherbet, while nutmeg and ginseng are “bolstered” by roast pistachio flavour from the chinkapin oak. Kirsteen Beeston, head of international malts at Whyte & Mackay, owner of Jura, said: “We talk about Jura being a long way from ordinary and this latest creation certainly supports this. “By celebrating the people who make up our community, we are not only acknowledging the fundamental role they each play in our whisky, we are also highlighting the vital role of community to the Jura brand. “Two-One-Two is special. From its inspiration, to its ABV and finish, this single malt offers consumers something full of character, which is both affordable and collectable. “Being small batch, we are excited to be able to up the age with every release which we know will appeal to those who love Jura and the wider whisky fraternity.” Gregg Glass, whisky maker at Whyte & Mackay, added: “Chinkapin is a wood that is rarely seen in the industry, but the impact it imparts on Jura’s light grassy spirit is worth the experiment. “It’s a fantastic partner which pushes the boundaries of what people expect of Jura’s house style, while its pioneering nature is the perfect way to celebrate the exceptional community which our distillery sits at the heart of.” The bottle is wrapped in paper adorned with imagery from the island. Limited to 6,000 bottles, the inaugural Jura Two-One-Two is priced at £90 (€100/US$120). It is available in select markets internationally including the UK, France, Germany, Africa, Russia and Greater Europe.