Jura is an odd distillery in that you would expect it to play on the peat profile of distilleries on the neighbouring island of Islay, however they do not. They do use peat, but it plays a supporting role rather dominate the flavour profile. I get the impression that a lot of commentators in the online whisky community do not rate this distillery very highly. I have read more negative comments than positive ones.. come to think of it I struggle to recall many positive comments or anyone leaping to Jura’s defence. Their range has confused me in the past, however they have recently changed their line up and it comprises of a 10, 12 and 18 year old as well as 2 non age statements named Journey and Seven Wood. I think their range is priced a bit on the high side but you can normally pick a bottle up on offer in supermarkets.
Whisky: Isle of Jura Origin 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, 40%
Nose: Vanilla, custard, biscuits, caramel, orange, oak, alcohol heat
Taste: Honey, orange, bitter dark chocolate, caramel, malt, salt
Finish: Bitter chocolate orange, pepper spice
Summary: The vanilla, chocolate, honey and orange notes were pleasant but it was followed by a bitterness which I guess is from poorly selected casks. A few drops of water helped tone this down but then it also toned down the rest of the flavours somewhat. There is also some peppery spice and alcohol heat to this too which didn’t quite work for me along with the other flavours I was picking up. I wouldn’t say that this is bad but at the same time I can think of other 10-12 year old entry level single malts that are of better quality within the same price bracket. I am not in a rush to try the rest of the Jura range.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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