Some Juras

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Jura is very much a marmite whisky with people generally divided into those who love it and those who hate it. I generally fall into the former camp although I do think it needs to be aged a little or be peated to truly bring it its character. I fell in love with Jura when I tried their Superstition expression a few years back. That particular one declined a little in my opinion, but I’m still a fan.

This post is a collection of notes from a Jura tasting I attended at Whisky Live in June and from a sample of the 30-year-old very generously provided by Yoav from Whisky Gospel.


Jura 10 Origin

Aged 10 years. 40%ABV.

Nose: Pine board. Banana. Bit of a stinky mature note. Sour orange. Carrot juice with ginger. Mild perfume.

Palate: Light wood. Slight nutty note. Honey. Feel the ethanol quite a lot.

Finish: Short. Butter wood. Ethanol. Lemon dish soap.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: No

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: No

VFM: 3/5

Not a fan of this one. It feels too young and without a big hit of peat to balance out all that aggressive ethanol it kind of falls short.


Jura 12 Elixir

Aged 12 years. 46%ABV. Finished in American white oak and sherry casks.

Nose: Musty book shop and wet leaves. Almost like a farclas. Slight vegetal Peat. Blood oranges. Toffee.

Palate: Quite rich wood. Nutty. Oranges. Citrus oils. Slight tobacco.

Finish: Medium long. Nutty. Citrus. Slight floral note. Caramel toffee.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 3/5

This was actually a little better than what I expected from a Jura this young. It had a decent level of complexity and was very drinkable.


Jura 16

Age 16 years. 40%ABV.

Nose: Lactic. Rich coffee, latte. Vanilla. Woodspice. Orange peel.

Palate: Slightly leathery. Burnt citrus. Vanilla. Woodspice.

Finish: Short. Dry. Bitter wood. Coffee and orange peel.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 3/5

This is where Jura really comes into its own, the extra age really balancing things out. I just wish this wasn’t watered down to 40% and wasn’t chill filtered, I really think the whisky suffers from that.


Jura 30

Aged 30 years. 44%ABV.

Nose: Butterscotch. Wine cake. Dates. Creme Brule. White chocolate. Prunes. Slight spicy note, cinnamon mainly. Rum Raisin ice cream. Bit of a lactic caramel note, the kind Bruichladdich is known for (and is generally either loved or hated). Wet leaves.

Palate: Juicy red fruits. Nutty sherry. Chocolate raisins. Cedar wood. Ruby grapefruit.

Finish: Medium. Bitter wood and citrus along with sweet raisins and chocolate. Little wisps of woodspice all the way down.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 2/5

This was a really lovely dram. It had a lot of good aged notes. I also really loved the interaction between the creamy caramel notes and the bitter and fruity notes. A little pricy for what it is, ok a lot pricy, but a fantastic whisky.

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