Four New Jura Signature Series Reviews

Jura Signature Series 10 Year Old Jura, probably one of my favourite distilleries, recently announced a completely new range of their whiskies, and this post reviews four of the five new releases.

I'm quite lucky with my Day Job occasionally allowing me to get to try some really interesting drams and it was through this that I've been able to sample these drams.

First up i'm going to have a bit of a moan, if you're goign to redo the entire range then why not look at the ABV and bring it up to give drinkers a more immersive experience, but yet again the majority are at 40% with the Seven Wood at 42% and 18 at 44%, a bit disappointed that these didn't hit the dizzy heights of 46%.

The Jura Journey is the only one not included but a sample wasn't available at the time thus why it is not included.

Dspite being a self confessed Fanboy of this distillery i am honest about my feelings towards their drams and some of this range don't work as well as others for me, and i'd have to say for me personally the 10 year old is the pick of the bunch, and feels less messed with than any of the others.

The others will appeal to a wide range of whisky drinkers and i see this brand going from strength to strength.

Soon to be available, I believe early April, from specialists such as Robert Graham, Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt

Thanks to Scott from Whyte and Mackay who let me sample these fine drams.


Jura Signature Series 10 Year Old

Jura Signature Series 10 Year Old This Jura 10 Year Old from the recently announced signature series from Jura really tickled my palate and i can see myself drinking a fair amount of this in the future.

I've drank through a fair amount of Jura in my time drinking whisky and the standard 10 year old has made up a fair amount of this, but this new 10 year old, for me mixes a bit of the old 12 year Old Elixir, with a splash of the Jura Superstition and for me it really works well.

It has a familiar feeling and i know the guys at Jura will hate me for saying this but for me it reminds me of the old good Highland Park, with that sweet sherried note mixing with light, honeyed smoke and for me thats a really good thing.

This is going to be priced pretty competitively and near the bottom of the range but i will be happily drinking plenty of this in the coming months and years, this 10 year old for me is the best of the bunch in this lot and i really enjoyed it.

Soon to be available, I believe early April, from specialists such as Robert Graham, Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt

Thanks to Scott from Whyte and Mackay who let me sample these fine drams.

 

A light hint of smoke, with touches of sweet sherry notes, the smoke is light with puffs of Sweet cinder toffee, and puff candy, manuka honey, bitter chocolate, elements of citrus pith, light spices, nutmeg and Chinese allspice.

Sweet juicy manuka honey and floral notes, crunchy nut corn flakes in treacle, citrus pith and cinnamon, more of that cinder toffee, light puffs of smoke and sweetness

Sweet cornflakes, smoky manuka honey.

Bottle Name: Jura Signature Series 10 Year Old
Age: 10
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Jura
Bottler: Jura
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islands


Jura Signature Series 12 Year Old

Jura Signature Series 12 Year Old This Jura 12 Year Old from the recently announced signature series from Jura I believe will only be available from Specialist retailers and is a nice addition to the range.

Another interesting dram from Jura, and if only available from Specialist Retailers, one that will be harder for some to track down.

There's still that manuka honey smoky sweet note but the smoke is much less than the 10 Year Old and for me the sweetness from the sherry has overpowered it and the marmalade notes are masking the richness of the puffs of smoke and sea air.

A tasty dram thats very drinkable but just doesn't quite match the strength of flavour in the new 10 Year Old

Soon to be available, I believe early April, from specialists such as Robert Graham, Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt

Thanks to Scott from Whyte and Mackay who let me sample these fine drams.

 

An initial hit of slightly smoky rich dried fruits, slightly chalky like a raisin and dried apricot version of Edinburgh rock, doughy treacle scones, a light smoky note like walking into an old cottage with a wood burning stove that was used the previous day, light grassy notes creeping in too.

Again more of that chalky fruity note, a light hint of tangy orange peel and pith, a touch of Chinese five spice, Demerara sugar, marmalade coated well done toast and a light hint of smoky charcoal

Chinese five spice, marmalade and overdone toast

Bottle Name: Jura Signature Series 12 Year Old
Age: 12
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Jura
Bottler: Jura
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islands


Jura Signature Series 18 Year Old

Jura Signature Series 18 Year Old This Jura 18 Year Old from the recently announced signature series from Jura is the oldest, with age statement, in the new Signature range.

This is the oldest of the new Signature range, at least of those with an Age statement, and for me it's a nice dram but lacks a little of the punch of the younger drams.

The 44% abv has lifted this to a better mouthfeel but the nose and palate are still very light, and more influence from the sherry casks with it's light sweetness has meant the puffs of smoke are almost none existent and come across more as over cooked toast etc.

There's a large hint of woody notes in here that come over more sawdust like, it's almost a little overaged, but it balances well with the sweetness, just feels a little lackluster and needs a punch of something more to make it stand out from the crowd.

A nice dram, but one that i could see being overlooked for others at a similar price, shame!

Soon to be available, I believe early April, from specialists such as Robert Graham, Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt

Thanks to Scott from Whyte and Mackay who let me sample these fine drams.

 

Quite light in the nose, definite floral manuka honey notes, honeysuckle infused caramel, chocolate caramel coated digestives, lightly toasted almonds and some freshly made ciabatta and some light sawdust notes.

Tangy orange and lemon peel and mandarin jelly, Demerara sugar, sweet dried apricots and a hint of some dried cranberries, quite drying, crushed toasted almonds, oat flapjack, more of the ciabatta, this time in a crunchy crouton style, a touch of sawdust again.

Bread, drying, a little long lasting sawdust

Bottle Name: Jura Signature Series 18 Year Old
Age: 18
ABV: 44.00
Distiller: Jura
Bottler: Jura
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islands


Jura Signature Series Seven Wood

Jura Signature Series Seven Wood  This Jura Seven Wood from the recently announced signature series from Jura i've seen described as the Jura equivalent of Dalmores King Alexander III.

An interesting dram, lots of inriguing notes and complexity, but feels a little on the watery side and i really think a higher ABV would have made this into a top dram.

much more of an oaky note on the nose than any of the others in this range and a dry ness to the finish that is reminscent of tannic red wine. The palate has some nice flavours of milk chocolate and fruits along with a tannic metallic note that i think the lower abv brings out and a higher abv would have hidden more behind the fruit.

For those that like the King Alexander II or who liked the One and All i think will like this a lot, for me it's a bit too tame and watery and needs a little extra ABV to add punch to it.

Soon to be available, I believe early April, from specialists such as Robert Graham, Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Exchange or Master of Malt

Thanks to Scott from Whyte and Mackay who let me sample these fine drams.

 

The first thing that hits me is a definite oaky note, furniture polish and a hint of mahogany, manuka honey and heather honey, juicy fruits, cherries and blackberries, hob nob biscuits, quite winey, fruity, and difficult to pull out exact fruits.

Dried fruit and nut mix, hints of raisin and dried coconut, cashew nuts and dried banana, milk chocolate covered hob nobs, drying and a touch metallic.

Quite dry, hints of oak and dried coconut.

Bottle Name: Jura Signature Series Seven Wood
Age: NAS
ABV: 42.00
Distiller: Jura
Bottler: Jura
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islands


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