Sunday, 21 May 2017

Jura 18 Premier Grand Cru Barrique Finish (Travel Exclusive) Review

Hi everyone,

Really quick review today of something I tasted recently. I believe this is quite a recent release from Jura distillery, exclusively for the travel retail.
Jura isn’t a distillery I’m very fond of, in warning. I normally find it quite doughy and weird, like if a baker was making a whisky. That style.

I only found out after tasting it that this is a red wine finish, and not only that but the ‘best’ Grand Cru Bordeaux stuff too. For me it didn’t really come through in the whisky, except the spicy notes from the French oak.

Jura 18 Travel Exclusive 42%
Colour: E150a
Body: Medium
Nose: Fairly classic Jura with many little pastries and cakes (the cheap ones you get at hotel breakfasts), something sour, maybe orange, and dough, always the dough. Some heather.
Taste: Spicy arrival, ginger, clove, some dry oak makes the age felt, a little harsh for this age though, then a burst of sour orange juice and sour dough.
Finish: Long length. Ah, leans out too far and loses balance. Sour, harsh and a bit weird. Lemon pith wrapped in rising dough?
Premier Grand Cru Bordeaux barrique finish, French oak then. Explains the spicy notes.
64/100

Thanks for reading!

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