What's in a name? Isle Of Jura Superstition whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Isle Of Jura Superstition whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Gristy and quite like new make. This is a young whisky, though it offers up the same evocative smoke and heady malt that you’d expect from an older Jura. It’s quite sweet and creamy, and reminds us of Chantilly cream.
Palate: Sweet and porridge-like. A cereal fest on the tongue, with hints of white pepper and black forest honey with hot buttered toast. Oily.
Finish: Medium length with hints of honey and spice on the tail.
A real achievement, a classy & complex whisky in that price range.
Trully well bodied, fresh yet elegant!!!
I'm not sure you'd find anyone proclaiming this to be thier favourite whisky, but it is so unique that no collection would be complete without it. Great for when you fancy something different.
I agree - this may be a scotch for the man who has everything - although that doesn't stop a guy like me from really enjoying it. Buttered Popcorn on palate entry, sweet smokiness on the finish - capped off with some brineiness and a whisp of the sea. Truly mezmorizing stuff. If you can - get yourself some to save and savor before it is no more!
Superstition feels like it should be subject to anti-smoking legislation, to be drunk either outside or by an open fire in a well-ventilated environment. The bottle shape and design is great too. I hope to find a better whisky one day - still so many to try! - but fear the 'unique' taste others here have mentioned might prove to be the taste I'm after. Definitely for those who prefer honey/caramel/popcorn/peat type flavours to the vanilla/apple sweetness of some other types of whisky.
On a recent holiday to western Scotland, I tried a few whiskeys from the menu and this was amazing, not brutal just a fantastic taste and moment in time.
While I found this whisky to be warm and smoky on the palette, I still found the Jura to be a little too peaty and hard hitting. That said, this whisky is definitely different from anything that I have tasted so far, so it is certainly unique, and slowly adding water to the dram is the best way to balance out the peat. As others have noted about this whisky, it seems to open up once mixed with water and evolve minute by minute. 3 stars..
I read about this in "101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die". Disappointed, it has that strange nose that Bunnahabhain and Black Bottle share of musty malt(?). While I think it is ok with the fresher spirits in the grand BB, in this, as in Bunnahabhain, it is just a spoiler. Can anyone add re the source of that distinctive nose?
Ah the superstition, Jura's little jewel. A very fair priced malt from the little distillery. Hints of marzipan, a little nutmeg and a lovely hint of smoke and of course the seabreeze. Always a good choice
Always been tempted by this and when I saw it on offer was hard to resist. First taste was quite harsh, almost that of a blend, but with a small block of ice left to dissolve the harshness was replaced with an array of subtle flavours. A light smokiness with a hint of peat and a touch of honey bringing back memories of a bottle of Bowmore "enigma" bought at heathrows duty free, a very similar bottle. For the price a different and tasty bottle but maybe worth spending a few more of your hard earned notes on something else.
Good "Jura" nose, with salty beach air, sea weed...sweet caramel, with a good puff of peat smoke and sun on the heather. Smooth. Spices and orange, a little fire. Oily with grains and creamy notes too...delicious!
I really like the taste of it. Not too peaty, and kind of smooth, easy to drink. But it does not smell very good in my opinion. I can't find a word of what it smells, only that I don't like it. Apart from the nose I like it.
This is not a bad malt, especially at the price, but I agree with those who complain about the nose. It smells of cheap tequila (how? why?), a smell anyone who appreciates good drink will despise.
I send a lot of bottles for my family in Poland. They love it!
I like over 1 ice cube and let it stand for 5 mins. It opens out then and you get the full range of flavours. I like it, try it.
I bought one as a present for a friend and he really liked it so as soon as Sainsbury's had it on special again I bought one to try myself. I am disappointed. Whilst I can't describe all the scents and flavours that others get, I know what I like and this is distinctly average when compared with the single malts I've been drinking over this Xmas/New Year. Very light peatyness, briny, light caramel, opens up a bit more with water. Quite a short finish. When I went back to smell the glass later I got distinct dried figs on the nose. Not one I will be buying again. For the sake of comparison I was drinking the following over the break: Talisker 10yo, Glenlivet 12yo, Sainsbury's TTD Islay (Caol Ila?), Aberlour A'Bunadh, Ardbeg 10yo. Not much of those left now, except for the ardbeg... :-)
Oops, forgot the rating: 5/10
When I first opened the bottle I was surprised by the difference of flavor from other whiskeys I have tried over the years. The closest was a Dalwhinnie stored in Sherry barrels and it took me a while to get used to as well. Well worth the effort given the reasonable price. I drink mine from a shot glass after letting it sit for a couple of minutes. I leave it my mouth for at least ten seconds and then swallow. Smooth on the swallow and complex flavors too many to mention definitely peat and charcoal and sherry and some spiciness. May buy it again if I get the opportunity to buy at the right price like this time around.
The smell on this whiskey is quite peculiar, a musty aroma with a slight pungent high sweet whiff, caramel. The taste is instant to the fore, which I felt was slightly too much lower tang without a mid slow cycle burn to follow on. I got a dark lonely bitter hit of pepper instantly followed by a delayed but smooth lasting oil/honey. The aftertaste is definitely better than the initial puff of pepper. Where a something like Talisker 10 yr has you curious for more with a good 'afterglow', this doesn't quite capitalize on the initial pepperfest.
To me - bad smell, average initial taste, definitely a good aftertaste.
Worth a try.
Sorry, rating included. 6/10.
After more than 40 years of tasting excellent scotches, I can honestly say that this one brought a smile to my face, a feast to my palate, and a warm afterglow to my tummy. I'm not as poetic as most of the reviewers on this site, (and I truly appreciate their way with words), but I'm old enough to know an exceptional scotch when I taste it, and this is one of them!
OK but a bit too coarse for me. One I will keep for anyone who drinks with a mixer
Obviously those of you complaining about the nose are beginners who've never had a smoky astringent Scotch like this or Laphroaig. Thistle guys stick to Johnny Walker Red Label with Coke. This stuff's awesome!
Jura Superstition has been named The Whisky Shop’s Whisky of the Year 2012.
The Whisky Shop has 20 stores across the UK with around 3 million customers visiting their stores every year.
It’s Whisky of the Year award is chosen by a mix of consumers, sales and recommendations from the store managers. Jura Superstition beat off stiff competition from over 300 other whiskies in store, including Dalmore 12 which won the award last year.
Not a HUGE fan of overly smokey/peaty malts (so sue me), I found the full hit of the Superstition followed by the long, mellow rolloff that almost tasted of salt air to be a perfect sipping whisky. I've had better, but not by a lot, and CERTAINLY not for anywhere near the price. It's what fills my flask everywhere I take it and I've not had a friend disappointed yet!
I love this stuff, it's like you're smoking a pipe!
This was a present and I now need to reevaluate the friendship. Superstition is too weak a name... This Whisky is all facts, and none of them good. Avoid at all costs. Will keep in my boot in case I run out of petrol.
took me a while but this has Marmite flavours enjoyable but very different
...Er...I didn't want to like this, but it is spectacularly understated-ly magnificent. It truly is a magnificent concept. It isn't your typical jura whisky, or any whisky for that fact...it starts with a peaty hit, not islay strength peat, but a noticeable peat presence. Then the peat almost fades to a liquorishy/aniseed not behind the depth of cereal rich malt which has a sugar coating of a rich sherry exterior. After a few moments you hardly recognise the peat as peat, it is so well blended. That melts a way like the coating on the outside of a "smartie" sweet, revealing velvety smooth rich smooth centre...this is like a chocolate truffle sweet - It isnt the same the whole way through, it changes. Harder exterior, soft centre. The velvety smooth nature of this malt gives a wonderful mouth feel.
I had this after a meal, finishing with a desert of lemon torte and the sweet butter rich notes, anchored with the background peat, was the perfect accompaniment.
I'm not a Jura fan, this was a gift to me, but I will definitely be getting another...
When this is first poured, the nose is tequilaesque, light and fresh but there is a hint of iodine in there nodding to its Isle nature. As it opens (a piece of ice or a small splash of water is my recommendation) there is sheep's pelts, buttered popcorn and caramel. The taste carries all the classic Isle flavours, sweet, smoked, peaty. There's spices in there, pepper and cloves. The tang of iron and sea air is on the finish. Over all a pleasing and complex whiskey, 6/10
The smell is quite nonchalant. The first sip was full of flavour, but it quickly loses all personality after a couple of sips. This is a nice drinking whisky if your looking to get drunk. The taste of sea is lovely.
Have been an occasional single malt and cigar guy for some time, but find myself daydreaming about my next taste of Superstition the day following my last dram. For me this is my first cravingly addictive scotch.
Got a half bottle as it was on offer,very distinctive but not for me..
And to say it's slightly peaty is an understatement. While it's obviously a quality product, it's also one for those moments where you feel like something different.
A very young, intriguing whisky that suits its name.
Excellent whisky, not your usual from Jura. A definite winner, 10 out of 10