Isle of Jura 10yo Origin
Jura is a distillery with a shoddy reputation. There are people who like the distillery’s product, but they are in the minority. A lot of people just stay away from it. Granted, I haven’t tasted much outside of Jura’s core range, but what I have tasted didn’t impress me much, the exception being a rather good one from their Boutique Barrels-series. Let’s see if we can add the 10yo Origins to the list of exceptions.
Isle of Jura 10yo ‘Origin’ (40%, OB, +/- 2014)
Nose: Malty, custard and it also has a certain freshness, but with a sour edge to it. And not sour like a lemon, but more like a sour apple. Malt is at the heart of the aromas though.
Taste: Some wet cardboard, garden cress, a little salt, and then bitterness. Like rocket salad. Walnuts and macadamia’s as well.
Finish: Pretty long, which is often a good thing but not now, because I’d like this type of bitterness to disappear quicker.
Well, Jura certainly has a uniqueness to it. Not one I like much though. Let’s just call it ‘special’.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.