The Isle of Jura Whisky Distillery in Craighouse has released a 30 year old single malt whisky to their collection and it’s called the Standing Stone or ‘Camas an Staca’ in Gaelic. The whisky takes its name from the largest of Jura’s eight standing stones which are scattered over the island. The stone in question is said to be the one remaining stone of an earlier formed stone circle some 3,000 years ago.
Jura distillery manager, Willie Cochrane said; “The standing stones have mysteriously stood the test of time on the island, so it’s only fitting that we create an aged whisky in their honour. The whisky’s long maturation in American white oak gives the spirit a quiet serenity, whilst its three years spent finessing in the finest Oloroso Sherry butts from Gonzalez Byass gives this spirit a commanding finish.”
The iconic Jura bottle is presented in a beautiful display case that opens its doors to showcase the bottle and reveal the story of the whisky. Meticulously detailed, the bottle is in-filled with copper wax, with a matching metal plaque. According to the press release the nose reveals the seductive nuances of sandalwood, tuberose, lime and spicy patchouli soon usher in hints of vanilla, Java coffee, tangerine and crushed Ogen melon. Whispers of sea spray, spicy apple and honeyed figs linger in the background. The taste is described as fleshy oranges, tangy liquorice, coconut and sweet pineapple are followed by orange rind, black cherries, dark toffee and sun dried raisins.
A bottle of 30 year old standing stone, 44% abv, will set you back £350 and will be for purchase in selected whisky stores only.