A cracking 2006 vintage whisky from the Isle of Jura distillery.
This dram has been matured in a mixture of casks. These barrels include American white oak, former Bourbon casks, and (rather interestingly) Chinkapin chestnut wood casks. The dram has been aged for 13 years in total.
Whilst the SWA laws mean that chestnut cannot ordinarily be used to mature whisky, Chinkapin is a member of the Quercus family, meaning it is a type of oak, and therefore legal for whisky making. Chinkapin grows naturally in the Ozark mountains of North America.
The result is a citrussy dram, with notes of lemon rind, vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon spice, toffee, nutmeg, cornbread, pears, roasted nuts (with a particular pistachio note that might come from the unusual cask) and a little toasted oak. Just a touch of the smoke and oil that Jura is known for.
Whilst the number 212 will resonate with residents of Manhattan, the number here actually refers to the 212 inhabitants who lived on Jura, at last count. There must be a lot of whisky per head!
This dram is bottled at 47.5% ABV, ensuring a good intensity for its interesting flavours.
Just 6,000 bottles were produced.