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Isle of Jura 20 Year Old One and All

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Dec 2017

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Isle of Jura introduced this 20 years old single malt in September 2017. It matured on bourbon, sherry, Cabernet and Pino Noir casks. The One and All refers to the collaboration of all members of the distillery team that is responsible for the quality of this island whisky day in day out. It was composed by – who else? – the famous Master Blender of Whyte & Mackay: Richard ‘The Nose’ Paterson, who recently celebrated 50 years in the business.

The nose needs a little time. It starts closed, but hand warmth and patience can work miracles. The wine casks have helped to create a very aromatic nose on oranges, red berries, maple syrup and toffee, with hints of marzipan and something sweet & sour that I cannot quite pinpoint. There is also a floral touch and some ferns. This is very good.

It is quite oily and mouth coating, mildly piquant and sweet on red fruit and oranges, with clear influences of the wine. It flirts with being vinous, but stays on the right side of that border, which I can appreciate. Again loads of maple syrup and ginger and a touch of black pepper. This works just fine.

I get some tobacco leafs and more ginger and some wood in the long finish, while it remains sweet and sour.

Very nice and very interesting Jura, with clear touches of wine without going over the top. Around 150 EUR, which seems a fair price for a malt of two decades.

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4 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@markjedi1 Having tried a couple of Juras that were quite unsatisfying, I'm a little gun shy on the brand. However, because your reviews are always reliable, I would give this one a try if it showed up at the right price (under $150).

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@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

@markjedi1, I gotta say that I always like the little whisky nicknames you tag on your reviews. This one's no exception.

I'm with @BlueNote. I've never had a good Jura, but I've only had a couple low-end OBs. Every so often you'll see someone like Serge claim that the 20+ ones—especially the IBs—are something special. I'd jump at the chance to "try and maybe buy" one, but I'd be very hesitant to buy one blind.

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@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

I have the same experience. Jura is often hit or miss, and mostly miss. But a few were hits and this certainly is one of them.

2 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Corrected typos in previous post :-)

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