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@RianCReview by @RianC

29th Jan 2018

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This is my first encounter with any Jura which, when I think about it, is a bit surprising: As kids we had quite a few holidays on the west coast of Scotland and my Dad was a keen fisherman back then, so we used to spend lots of time on the coast or Island hopping. One of the Islands I remember visiting was Jura and a memory of seagulls stealing my fish and chips looms heavy still (the bugger!). That aside, that whole area has fond memories for me and so it seems odd I've never been drawn towards their whisky. Perhaps there's a good reason? We shall see . . .

This is from a bottle about half full and been open around a month. I've added a few drops of water to this 30 ml pour (qtr tsp)

Nose: A very heady creamy malt note that that carries a distinct peatyness. More earthy peat than coastal per se but there is some salt present also. A tangible sherry influence; raisins, very dry figs. There's something sweet like marzipan and, along with the creamy note, an unusual nuttyness - like roasted hazelnuts or a ground nut paste made from them. Unusual in that I've not come across this particular smell before.

There's also a faint but detectable alcohol nip, which could be from the younger juice that's most definitely in here. This is where the water helps a lot to tone this aspect down.

Taste: Nut paste, more fresh red fruits than dry like on the nose but some of the latter, salty peat. Bit of a let down after the nose but OK. This may sound odd but if you ever smell a bag of dry pearl barley, there's a taste of that in here. Quite unusual. It develops quite nicely actually and a hint of that creamy malt comes in.

Finish: Slightly over 'tannined' if I can say that. Makes me think of old tired casks (a similar experience to my last Bushmills Black Bush); the water helps this also, and time. Short to medium with a general sour/bitterness.

So, not mind-blowing but not a complete disaster either. I feel there's a good and unique malt in here somewhere but it needs a better presentation and some better casks imo to really shine. In summary, lots to like but a bit too much’ meh’. Not one I’d be seeking out but would happily drink it or have as another gift!

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11 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@RianC I think you are being generous at 82 points. I found it thin and non-descript and worth about 75 points. But that's just me, and I find the older I get the more I need big flavours to stimulate my old taste buds. This is in the same category as Bowmore 12 for me.

about one year ago 0

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@BlueNote Idk, @RianC provided notes similar to what I remember in this whisky. I probably haven’t had it since mid-2016, so my memory may be off. I feel like I may have rated it around 80pts. Not a world-beater, but I want to say it was more interesting than some of the other malts on offer in a similar price range (e.g. Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve). Would I buy Superstition again? Probably not these days, as the Ontario price seems to run $65-$70, but at $50-$55, I might.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@OdysseusUnbound Good point. I would certainly take it over GL Founders Reserve. I have to wonder what they would reserve that crap for. I guess it makes the 12 seem that much better.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@OdysseusUnbound & @BlueNote - This is often on sale at £25 here so at that price it's not bad at all.

That it had some unique qualities is what bumped it up a notch or two.

I have yet to try my Bowmore 12...

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@RianC 25£ is about $43.55 CAD. I'd buy Jura Superstition at that price. It's about what McClelland's single malts go for. Again, not world-beaters, but decent. Bowmore 12 varies in price here. I'll buy it when it's priced under $60 CAD. I know a lot of folks here don't like it, but I find it to be a nice, easy light sipper. The smoke isn't crazy, so it's also good to introduce people to Islay malts.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@OdysseusUnbound - I picked up my Bowmore for £25 also - looking forward to it to be honest but leaving it till the summer as I think it will work better then?! UK supermarkets tend to sell a variety of similar malts at that price. (but rrp is around £35 - I won't be paying that!)

This year I'll probably buy more expensive ones but fewer of them. Last year I got loads of decent, but not great, malts at that price.

Hard to turn down really - not much more expensive than a bottle of Old no. 7 ...

about one year ago 0

@Hewie
Hewie commented

@RianC some good supermarket deals at times. I picked up HP12 for 25GBP and Aberlour 10 was on offer for 20GBP around Christmas too. Plenty of others in that range at different times....not special malts but some good value to be had

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Hewie - Not special as you say but when on offer some very good value whiskies. I'm not always after a mind-blowing experience (not going to turn it down, mind); sometimes an easy going malt that you don't feel guilty about idly sipping away at is just what you need!

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Hewie HP 12 is always a reliable dram. Great score at that price. Enjoy.

about one year ago 0

@Hewie
Hewie commented

@BlueNote I wrote that in a bit of a hurry - that was about 2 years ago now! But anyway.....some good offers available

about one year ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

@Hewie @BlueNote - Yes, we are lucky here in the UK due to the very low prices most supermarkets frequently have a lot of whiskys at. If I had to pay full whack for all of them there's probably only Old Pulteney 12 (based off last two bottles, which were excellent) and one or two others I'd even look at.

As @OdysseusUnbound mentions on his Aultmore review - at c£35 I'm really wanting 46%, NCF and natural colour. Don't care what anyone else thinks - to me, it makes a tangible difference.

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