Jura 8, 1970s bottling, 40%

Jura doesn’t really have a great reputation nowadays, and every time a good one pops up it’s an exception instead of a rule. Quite a shame since it’s a rather pretty distillery.

Within my group of friends we often call some peopel Jura-drinkers as a bit of bad-mouthing each other. With that knowledge, it’s actually quite surprising that I have nine reviews of Jura whiskies on the blog, with this being the tenth.

I got a sample of this when I visited NH in Haarlem, for some shared beers, whiskies and other things. So, thanks to NH for the sample!

Image from Whiskybase

Sweet and funky, bread and something meaty. Boiled beef, some vanilla, wood, corky apples, walnuts.

Gentle, some white and black pepper. Oak, moss, minerals. Some walnuts, vanilla, dirt.

Warm, slightly off, beef, butter, wood, stew-like.

So, in a way this fits with modern Jura whiskies. They’re weird and they’re unique. That’s not always a good thing.

The difference is, somehow, that in this case it’s not so over the top as it currently is. Modern Jura generally has a lot of weird cask finishes, and it seems like they’ve doubled down on being unique with their weird notes. They’ve gone so much over the top that’s the modern variant is rather hideous, while in this case it’s a nice and quaint whisky worthy of exploration.

In short, I actually quite like this stuff.


It’s available in shops for about € 200


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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