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Isle of Jura 10 Year Old

Small island, big whisky

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

24th Feb 2010


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The Isle of Jura - west of the Highlands and northeast of Islay, is not that easy to reach. It takes several planes, trains and... a ferry (and the best part of the day) to reach it. That may be part of the charm of this magical island. George Orwell resided there while writing his classic 1984 and called it ‘an extremely unget-at-able place’.

The 180-year old distillery produces whisky that - after doing some research on the subject - seems to be like Woody Allen films: you love ‘m or you hate ‘m. I'm in the first category (with regards to the whisky, not the films).

I found the nose to be somewhat earty and buttery, with a tad of salt, but also soft grain and pine wood.

On the palate, this dram is softer than expected, but full of flavour. Also sweeter than I would have thought with some light fruity touches. Also some vanilla, spicy malt and even some aniseed.

During the finish - which is pleasantly long - salt and sweet battle for attention, while being goaded by light peat and peppers.

This bottle, that I got as a birthday gift from my co-workers, was a pleasant surprise. I would recommend it straight and as an aperitif.

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jeanluc commented

Really good review @markjedi1. I love the fact that whisky can polarize opinion like Jura 10 does.

Its testament to what rich, diverse experiences can be created... and shows that it really is all down to personal taste.

12 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

I also think this is a dram that has to grow on you. I tasted it a couple weeks ago in a restaurant and didn't think that much of it. Tasted it again about a week ago while working behind the computer and last night really took my time to get to know the drink. I think maybe Anonymous, the phantom whisky reviewer, should give it a second chance.

12 years ago 0

evansgw commented

I really like this whisky, but my friends don't. Like Jean-Luc said it really does polarize opinions.

12 years ago 0

Led commented

Like most of Islay area whiskies, it has such a strong personnality, you like it or you don't.

11 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Jean-Luc, the same bottle of Jura 10 polarized me. I periodically drank from my brother-in-law's one bottle of this for over two years. For the first two years it struck me as one of the harshest whiskies of any type which I had encountered. I kept sampling it to see whether my previous impressions remained. They did, for multiple samplings. After two years it completely mellowed out in flavour and tastes very good to me now.

11 years ago 0

AboutChoice commented

I have not tried the Jura 10, but I adore the Jura 16, which I have reviewed.

11 years ago 0

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