Scotch Single Malt - Island - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under - 2014
International Spirits Challenge
Scotch Single Malt - Island - 2013
The nose has a freshness with notes of damp hay and soft, malty cereal notes. A touch of peat with gentle oak and arak with blossom tones. The palate is thick and full with more cereal, this time a barley fudge sweetness creeps in with creamy smoothness and a touch of aniseed. The finish is long with peppy winter spice.
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I received this as a gift from a good friend and true Scotsman. Jura may be his drink of choice, unfortunately it isn't mine. From a neat pour the nose has hints of malted chocolate, ground coffee, licorice, cinnamon and a sweetness reminiscent of the milk left from a sugary breakfast cereal. The palate is thick and sweet with fudge brownie and black forest cake, but the longer, fruitcakey finish ends in an anised aftertaste which eventually becomes an unwelcome guest. Deep, full-bodied flavors for just a 10 year malt. But this lacks some harmony in the overall experience. It's heavy and thick, with lots of malt and dark chocolate notes that really coat the palate. With these flavors, I typically like to see more coastal saltiness, noticeable peat, and some citrus notes paired with these darker themes. But you won't find them here...
2nd March 2015
I thought I'd try this instead of my go to Highland Park. I found it a bit insipid and reminiscent of a cheap bourbon.
25th February 2015
Good nose on it, sweet and complex taste in the mouth. But the after taste is terrible, the throat burn is not for me.
17th February 2015
This was gifted to me, have never seen this in my country South Africa. It is simply great, thank you John Butchard.
16th January 2015
Very drinkable, tasty, full flavoured but not too challenging. A dash of water to take away the spirit burn worked for me. Im not sure where some reviewers get peatiness from, not even slightly peated to me.
11th January 2015
Light, smooth and worth the money!
17th December 2014
This was horrible. I got it as a gift and I thought someone urinated in it. I love single malt. The aftertaste is worse than trying to get it down. I would rather drink mouthwash than this again.
6th December 2014
Before drinking this whisky I was technologically illiterate... Even the thought of touching a remote control would send me into a sweaty-cold shiver. Here I am though, rattling out a review on an iPad using my toes whilst my hands pours this little beauty of a whisky right under my nose... Thank you Jura
13th November 2014
I would class this a mellow malt at first when it has touched my lips then through to the pallete of wonders. good beginnings and a happy ending. chink chink JURA
4th October 2014
Exceptional for a 10 year old, it is think and full bodied, gentle yet with real character. It is sweet, with toffee notes, just lovely
15th September 2014
very good starter whisky, perfect ratio of quality and price, taste light, smooth with delicate honey notes
5th September 2014
If a proper sip is taken, it's not insipid at all, though everything is very front of palate. warming though, salt and malt basically with a few peppery tones - can't help but think some livelier fruit and a touch of spice would have rounded it off nicely. cup of Earl Grey is a good pre-dram drink
6th August 2014
WOW Jura, this ia a Top quality malt Whisky. Best I have tasted. (It was bought as a Gift for 30 yrs service.) Loved it.
13th June 2014
To me this is very easy drinking. Not the most complex but very easy drinking. After discovering malt through heavily peated Islays this is fresh with sea tones and a touch of sweetness/honey. I much prefer this to their more expensive and more mature oferings. My current favourite.
18th May 2014
I first bought this malt in Oban after spending an afternoon on Juru to always remind me of the wonderful swim with seals that I had in the bay just up the road from the distillery. A wonderful whisky from a magical place especially when the mist comes down over the paps.
25th March 2014
Damp, salted caramel nose for me, but no real depth similar on the palate but the thin nose belies a fuller mouth feel leading to a warm peppery finish. I can see why the nose is a little disconcerting for some it's, as the review suggests, pleasant enough and at 26 quid worth the money (well done MoM) but at 32 being charged in supermarkets I'd feel short changed.
23rd January 2014
This is the 1st malt I drank when I went out in Gourock, probably age 19 or 20. Can't remember, why it tried it, must have been on offer, but from this has grown my love for whisky. Although there are other whiskies I now prefer, I will usually have a bottle of this on the go. Yes, it is only 10 years, and yes there is a certain sharpness (as with most entry level malts), but it is still a lovely, well balanced dram and there are not many better for the money.
17th January 2014
Really intense nose - like a lit christmas pudding. A confusing palate; a little woody but smooth. The initial flavours disappear quickly to a medium-length, dry finish that's slightly sweet and tingly on the tongue.
4th January 2014
all ways been told which whisky to buybut this one was a christmass gift want it again for my birth day its flavour and taste out of this world
2nd January 2014
Wow this is a nice whisky. Peat, smoke, honey, grassy, then a slightly briny at the end. The price is very reasonable too.However, the nose is a bit dull and the early flavours are a tad sharp depending on where it hits your palate. The lasting finish is the best part. Drink this one sloooow and try hitting different parts of the tongue with each sip.
28th December 2013
I have tasted many single malts over the years at different prices,but this one is the very best for less than 30€. Really stanning! Light,full of flouvor and the perfect finish.
22nd December 2013
To sit and sip from a drop of Jura 10yo, is to walk along the road through Cagenhouse, with the sun melting the tar on the road, and smelling the tangle on the shore, being so very happy and carefree, the buzz from the telephone wires and the rustle of the wind in the rushes still audible, in my ear of yore, is bliss. Bliss in a glass.
18th December 2013
Sorry folks, but that blessing should be "slante mhath".
You could not ask for a warmer dram!. One to be savoured as I sit by the fire tonight , while a gale is building into a storm outside. Slante bha.
Not a bad whisky for the price but rather harsh for me and just not to my taste. For the money I would choose Aberlour 10yo over this every time. Not one I will be buying for myself again, but was worth a punt at £20 on offer in Sainsburys!...A whisky I would more readily offer visiting friends alongside my Glenmorangie without feeling stingy, while saving my Fettercairn Fior & Dalmore for myself and special occasions!
9th December 2013
nothing more, nothing less. i love it
4th December 2013
ring a ring a roses tomorrow knows no urges..crisp clean macaroons...honey, did you shrink the bin lids?or did you get them high on malt...what malt...no no my name is Walt.born and raised and force fed like a biblical rooster..move on.nothing to see hear...
1st December 2013
Great island one. Not too harsh easy to drink and enjoyable
25th October 2013
Pleasant smoky dry nose that opens up to sweet caramel and chocolate after a while taste is relatively complex with smoke, seeds, salt and sweet sticky toffee. Worth a punt if on offer, if not go for talisker, lagavulin, oban.
14th October 2013
Nose is complex but mostly gives apricot, with some beer and cheese. Palate sweetens with time, to caramel and mocha, with a lot of enjoyable subtleties.
4th August 2013
Not a bad malt... a bit harsh scent (blended-like). Maybe ever so slightly too salty with a short lasting finish.. but still not bad.
28th July 2013
Very good for the money, but harsh and can be hard to drink but for the cost is good. ,need to be in the mood mind.
13th July 2013
There is no 'e' in Whisky ! If you are going to give an opinion on Whisky the least you could do is spell Whisky correctly and avoid making an arse of yourselves
22nd June 2013
I am angry I bought this bottle. What an Hoax. Worst whisky I ever bought and Jack Daniels is genius in comparison. Jura is 0 like in Zero.
26th May 2013
I think it is time I stick to my favorites till I get rich. This is even worse than the Monkeys shoulders that, at least, didn't stitch my tongue without permission. I should have bought Highland Park ! 26 pounds as sleeping drinkable pills I guess. How to explain what subtle aromas mean to those who drink Robusta coffee and not Arabica?
25th May 2013
18th April 2013
Good whiskey for the money.
2nd March 2013
I never thought I'd come across a whisky that I didn't like at all but out of the 50+ different whisky's I've tried so far this is the only one I couldn't drink. To its credit it does have a very unique flavour but unfortunately it is not one that I was able to appreciate.
30th January 2013
I who rarely drink anything of spirits was given this as a thank you.I was going to give it away as I don't drink normally, but then decided to give it a try.It is the nicest smoothest flavour that rolls over the tongue of whisky I have ever had. I am not going to pretend that I can distinguish between the notes and flavours, all I know is that for around £20 it is a lovely experience that you can savour for some time and I recommend anyone to try it.
For the price, and the 'ease of drinking', and for someone who is not a fan of peaty whiskies in the slightest, this still really hits the spot for me. A great post-work dram.Anyone able to recommend something similarly 'unpeaty' and 'briny'? If not, more Jura is always an option...
21st January 2013
One of the few malts I have been disappointed by. It wasn't difficult to drink or foul-tasting it just didn't taste as it should have done. There were no complex notes or intriguing flavours, it was all a bit damp. As the finish came, I felt a whiff of the Taliskery saltiness, this was soon replaced by more damp.It has put me off the brand a bit, I would never now splurge for an older malt after a disappointing introduction.
12th January 2013
My first Jura single malt.Nose: Fruity (bananas?), malty, pine and slightly oilyPalate: Peppery, spicy, dry malt and salty oak chips. Full but somewhat harsh rather than rounded.Finish: Salty and peaty, the saltiness hangs around long after the rest. Kind of spoils it.
13th December 2012
Just the ticket after a monotonous day at work, goes down smooth - will be stocking up on this as its at a great price at the moment
9th November 2012
Oh god make it stop! Make it stoppppp!
6th November 2012
...but this is a very good Whisky ...for a 10yr old...Always liked it since I was a lad, and still like it today 40 + years on...one of the best 10's on the market, but just behind Aberlour.
5th September 2012
I had this one blind for the first time, and when I was asked to guess, my mind immediately went to Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. In other words, don't expect any strong 'island' flavours from this one - just a nice, quite intense for its strength, sweetness and smoothness.
22nd June 2012
I find this a perfectly acceptable whisky for flavouring my porridge.
6th April 2012
I dissolve salt and vinegar crisps in mine overnight, which adds a degree of sharpness, resulting in taste perfection. Alternatively, a splash of Worcestershire sauce works well.When taken as a table malt, I find it goes best with Indian cuisine.
14th March 2012
This whisky is a bit of a steal at the prices it is being sold nowadays. It is unique, as is Jura in general. It combines the more highland style of sharpness and full body with the peat of Islay drams. I find that combination a little confused myself, but it makes for nice sipping and at the price it is generally sold you will struggle to find a more complex combination of flavours.Adam.
8th February 2012
Not a big drinker but found jura the best yet . Would recommend it to anybody who fancies a dram now and again . Looking forward to getting another bottle .
25th September 2011
Ah the Jura whisky, my first true love. But how good is it really? I still like this dram, a little more then it deserves perhaps, because it's really not that great.I'll tell you it is a very honest whisky for a very fair price, so indeed you get your money's worth here. A fine malt with a hint of pine nuts, some oily wood and a hint of mokka. At the end there are some sea hints, a bit of salty-nes, but the end is there very quickly. It lacks stamina.Very well balanced for only 10 years tough
20th August 2011
I really like this it's light but complex and has the flavours of the Isles. A beautiful dram at a great price.
23rd May 2011
The "damp hay" nose is spot on, I would add there's orange peel and marmalade, some leather and playdough (!) as well. The taste and finish are dominated by toffee with a coffee filling and truffles.
24th January 2011
You can really taste the Isle of Jura in this bottle. An interesting nose that won't be for everyone but I personally can't get enough of it because of its difference. I find this quite delicate going down (especially compared to the Talisker 10 YO) but the peatiness is still there. My favourite part of this Whisky is the finish, where the salt sea taste of Jura comes through.
7th October 2010
Serious starter malt that you can get for under 20 quid - what more do you want ?
23rd January 2010