It’s not often that I try whisky from the Isle of Jura (distillery). From the early onset of my whisky fanaticism I’ve not held much love for Jura. In some cases I figured I had to get over that and tried some, but most times it’s been a disappointment.
Of course, some are really good, but those have not much to do with what the distillery currently puts out. I guess there are two (this and this) that I enjoyed, and the rest were only so-so. Interestingly, it’s one of those distilleries of which I tend to like the independent bottlings far more than the official ones. That seems to be a thing with Whyte & Mackay’s single malts…
So, when this one showed up in last year’s Autumn Tasting by De Whiskykoning I was interested to try it. Nothing beats proving yourself wrong every now and then. Let’s get in!
Rather light on the nose but with the typical rubber bands that is a common scent in Jura whiskies. Rubbery and feinty, so to say. Earthy, slightly mossy and with hint of hay and card board.
The palate is dusty and earthy with some oak and white pepper. Rubber bands again and old moss, cardboard and hay. Quite Jura-y, all in all.
The finish is rather long but doesn’t really offer anything new.
Well, there’s two distinct things to say about this one, I think. The first thing is that is by no means a very bad whisky and does the typical Jura things with rubber bands and lots of weird funkiness. The other thing is that because it doesn’t do anything you don’t see coming a mile away.
So, if you don’t generally like Jura (raises hand) this is one to avoid. If you like an interesting whisky that keeps you occupied (it’s still about a hundred bucks, after all) this is one to avoid as well.