Ever since trying the lackluster Superstition, I've been a little wary of Jura. But I couldn't resist this cute little 200ml bottle at a fairly reasonable price at the Banff liquor store (the idea being, I'll be able to finish it before I fly back).
The nose shows a lot of promise. Molasses, ginger, a hint of smoke, sweet citrus. Light and delicate, like the bottle promises, but not without substance. With time, some fresh-cut wood emerges. There's also something slightly exotic in the aroma I can't put my finger on. Reminds me a bit of some Japanese whiskies.
The palate is silky-smooth and sweet, with some gentle tingling spices followed by that touch of smokiness adding some intrigue. Very well-balanced and nice to drink. Back to that exotic note: on the palate it tastes slightly hoppy, reminiscent of a nice IPA. I've never really encountered this in a Scotch before and it sets this one apart.
The finish combines a bit of sweetness with a light, lingering smoky note. Overall, I'm very pleased with this bottling. All elements are well-balanced, and at 40% ABV it is pleasant and easy-drinking yet never boring. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for sales at the LCBO.