A Septem of Drams from Jura
Jura whisky has for a long time now been my favourite distillery, I know it has a bit of a marmite following where people either love or hate it but I am firmly in the love camp.
below you will find 7 reviews for some drams i've tried recently from Jura and if you want to keep looking hit this Link to see all my reviews of their drams.
Thanks to the Islay trip and some friends and family i've managed to gather a number of samples that i needed to get through and this was a good time to do so.
I've still got a few bottles to open and try and i'm still hunting out other new and rare bottlings and single casks, if you have one not on my list then drop me a note and i'll happily do some sample swapping with you.
Jura 10 Year Old (circa 1980s)
I love Jura whisky and I know there are a number of my fellow bloggers out there that do too, one such blogger is Johanne McInnes (@whiskylassie) from Whisky Lassie blog in Canada who kindly sent me a dram of this wornderful 10 year old bottles sometime in the 1980s.
This dram really does shine with a lot more fruity lemony honey notes that any of the more recent bottlings that i've had, I was really surprised at just how gentle and sweet it was a really exceptional dram.
Thanks again to Johanne McInnes (@whiskylassie) for sending me a sample, if you fancy trying something similar The Whisky Exchange occasionally have bottles available to buy.
This is seriously sweet with lashings of sweet manuka honey being the biggest note that comes through at first there's also some lovely sherried notes of gentle dried fruits coming through here followed by a hint of Edinburgh rock chalkiness
Very much chalky lots of fruity Edinburgh rock coming through first then edges of manuka honey with hints of citrus peel oil and a lovely waxiness
Chalky and sweet yummines
Jura 1993 Sherry JI Finish
This Jura whisky is part of the Boutique Barrels collection and this sample was recieved from my good friend Yoav (@yoavgel) from Whisky Gospel.
Sweeter than i iagined it would ever be with lots of chalky edinburgh rock in here it's also very treacley which leads to hints of rubber (but in a good way) on the palate, a very pleasing sweet sherried Jura, yum.
Still available to buy from The Whisky Exchange this is definitely worth a shot
Oh wow this is lovely loads and loads of fruity chalky notes like crushed Edinburgh rock wrapped in home made clootie dumpling, there's hints of maltiness that's almost a hint of smoke dancing through in the background
Gentle rubber like notes coming through on the tongue and then lashings of crumbled Dundee cake with crushed nuts and dried fruit and hints of tinned fruit salad in syrup
Treacle and Dundee cake
Jura 1999 / Crinan Classic Boat Festival
This Jura whisky was bottled to Crinan Classic Boat Festival. This 1999 vintage whisky has been aged for over 8 years and is limited to just 400 bottles.
Heavily peated and full of flavours i was lucky enough to get the last of the bottle from the Lochside Hotel during my recent trip, i popped some into a wee sample to do on a fresh palate back home.
Chalky, smoky and fruity this is a cracker of a dram and if you see one at auction i really do recommend you give it a try.
Theres quite a large hit of chalky earthy smoke, almost smoldering gyprock it almost has a damp feel to it, under that is a lighter sweeter note more reminiscent of standard jura, almost a touch lactic but sweet like stilton with cranberries and a hint of raspberry coulis
Chalky with more of the smoldering damp gyprock along with some sugared almonds and some more cranberry infused stilton
crushed sugared almonds and chalk.
Jura Feis Ile 2013 - Boutique Barrel 1999 (cask 1)
This Jura whisky was created for the Feis Ile in 2013 and is a 1999 vintage. Many thanks to Gal (@galg) from Whisky Israel for the sample.
I cant remember why but i'd somehow managed to miss this dram at the time and i really wish i'd actually bought a bottle it's lovely sweet and sherried with dried fruit and hints of a really malty almost smoky chalkiness, theres also a really fabulous waxy mouthfeel here.
If you like Jura whisky and see this at Auction, buy it.
Initial wafts of gentle earthy malty peat smoke combine with sweet treacle covered doughy scones and gentle dried cake Christmas cake notes with orange peel oil and grapefruit waxiness
Malty and smokey with huge hits of Edinburgh rock chalkiness and lots of dried fruit juiciness and a real waxy mouthfeel
Waxy and smoky very yummy
Jura Heavy Peated Edition (For Asian Market)
During my recent visit to Jura whisky we were lucky enough to get to try, at the distillery, some of this wonderful Heavy Peated Edition.
We were told this was bottled specifically for the Asian market, we believe China and this was the only one left at the distillery, which I was lucky enough to be allowed to pour some into a sample bottle to bring home for a proper evaluation.
Seriously smoky but gentle at the same time this is lovely and more vegetal that I thought it would be, lots of honey sweetness hiding but lots of up front smoke chalk and dusty veg, if you find a bottle let me know i really want a full bottle of this.
A big waft of earthy gentle smoke that intertwines with some chalkiness and edges of sweet gentle tinned fruit syrup ... It's very easy going despite being heavily Peated
Oh wow huge earthy smoky peatiness here with splatterings of dusty honey glazed vegetables
Earthy smoky honey glazed chalk covered vegetables
Jura Tastival (Whisky Festival Exclusive 2014)
This Jura whisky Tastival is the official Feis Ile Whisky Festival Bottling for 2014, and it's an interesting one for sure.
Lots of different casks have been used to make this and it dances about a little before it settles down to a decent dram, it's very gentle and light (may with the 44% strength as well though) with lots of sweetness and fruit salad chews.
If you fancy trying it you can still pick one up from The Whisky Exchange
There's a lovely sweetness here that comes at first with pear slices in syrup with fresh fruit salad hanging around in the background behind it there's a slight chalkiness in here too but it's just so light and fresh yumminess
Again it's very sweet and very subtle it's very easy to drink with fresh fruit salad and gentle tinned fruit syrup notes.
Sweet fresh fruit salad and hints of fruity Edinburgh rock creeping in
SMWS 31.27 Bold Sailors Dram
Another Scotch Malt Whisky Society dram with 31.27 Bold Sailors Dram which is a sailty gentle smoky chalky brilliant example of the amazing casks of whisky at this distillery.
This is one of the best examples from this, my favourite distillery, that i've ever had a truly magnificant dram that has everything i could want from it, i wish i had more.
Another example of why joining Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a great idea.
Initial gently highly malty with notes of crushed fruity Edinburgh rock with notes of salty seaside chip shop chips and gentle fish batter and swathes of crushed lemongrass and waxy lemon peel.
Hints of sweet and salty chip shop chips with lashings of crushed lemon grass and lemon peel oil
Salty and lemony yum