Saturday, 21 January 2017

Jura Reviews: 10 Origin, 12 Elixir, 16 Duirach's, Superstition & Prophecy

Hi everyone,

Got another multi-review dump today. It’s Jura. No, we’re not going to dump on Jura… Ok, maybe a little, but it hasn’t really got the best reputation. Maybe for good reason.

Anyway, it’s the only distillery on the Isle of Jura, just over the way from Islay. But unlike most Islay drams, they mostly make unpeated whisky. A smaller portion of peated whisky is made under other labels. Both are reviewed here.

Jura 10 Origin 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Light
Nose: Bit of salt, yeasty, flour, bread, butter, caramel, bit of floral, some honey, cereal, fruity note- Apple.
Taste: Light and sweet, oily, brine, salt, honey, faint spice, coffee, butter, heather bit of pepper, very mild citrus fruit.
Finish: Short length. Disappears with faint hints of oak.
Not the best, but quite cheap on deal.
61/100

Jura 12 Elixir 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Medium
Nose: Lots of caramel, nuts, spice, fruity- Plums?
Taste: Caramel, toffee, fudge, more chewy caramel, bit of spice, tiny bit of smoke.
Finish: Short length. Oaky spice.
Very simple, a one note whisky really. Just overwhelming caramel.
65/100

Jura 16 Duirach's Own 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Medium
Nose: Sweet and relaxed. Baking bread, yeast, raisins, apricot, rising dough, pastry, strudel, brioche, sherry, cinnamon and nutmeg. Burnt pastry.
Taste: Sweet start, sherry raisin, apricot bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, liquorice and some hay. A tiny bit of beach bonfire in the background. Bit of rough spice.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Sweet and syrupy ending with sherry and raisins.
A little bit better, but not really a fan of the burnt pastry style.
68/100
 
Jura Superstition 43%
Colour: E150a
Body: Medium
Nose: Lots of spice, tonnes of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, touch of smoke. Some sweetness with a cakey vanilla.
Taste: Fruity with lots of spicy cinnamon and some fruit and vanilla.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Spice with some smoke and salt.
Lightly peated, NAS. This is better, I like the cinnamon note on this.
70/100

Jura Prophecy 46%
Colour: E150a
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Classic Jura, bready and malty, sour dough, sea spray, green oak, cinnamon, a little fresh ginger, Island-eque peat smoke, some lemon.
Water: More smoke and gingerbread. Seaweed and sea salt bread dough?
Taste: Sharp, some sour lemon and a little lime, then sea spray and Talisker-esque smoke, quite spicy with cinnamon and lots of spicy ginger, then more smoke into the finish.
Water: Softer arrival, a little medicinal note, bandages.
Finish: Medium length. Salty smoke then a baking note.
Islay peat smoked (Port Ellen) to 40ppm. Tasted blind I might have guessed Talisker.
73/100

Thanks for reading!

Reviews #296-#300!! Yay!

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50-59 Bad
60-64 Just about OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
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