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Isle of Jura Superstition

An Enjoyable Dram

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@DaveWorthingtonReview by @DaveWorthington

17th Jan 2012

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Another of my Christmas gifts, this one was from my eldest daughter, and number 31 of my journey

The packaging, although only a simple box, really is quite eye catching, with it's black and white rocky shoreline, low hills in the background and with the silver printing. The bottle is another work of art with minimal labelling, but the silver 'ankh' taking central stage on the front of the bottle.

Subtly sweet yet smokey, on the small label under the ankh, and despite having the HM Revenue and Customs logo on the back, the fact that the colour of this whisky has been 'standardised' by the addition of caramel colouring, has been carefully hidden on the bottom of the box, in German. Why do distillers hide the fact that they have added caramel colouring? Sometimes it's in French, other times in German, never in English !

I asked the distillery how the expression came about, and what whiskies were used in it's bottling. Jura immediately came back to me with the following:

As you are probably aware when the Distillery re-opened in 1963 Jura started producing very soft highland style malt, and this in the main, is what they are known for. In 1999 Jura started spending four weeks out of every year producing a heavily peated version using barley that was up to 60ppm or parts per million peat based as opposed to their normal 2ppm.

The Superstition is actually a marriage of both of these styles of whisky together. There is an old superstition on Jura that it is unlucky to cut peat before the beginning of May, and so the name was born

Within it are:

7 Year Old heavily peated (7 year itch; 7 years bad luck if you break a mirror) 13 Year Old Highland style (unlucky 13) 21 Year Old Highland style (coming of age when you get the keys to the door)

The ankh is the Egyptian symbol of eternal life; the Gaelic for whisky translates as - the water of life, and on Jura there are graves that house the bodies of people that were reported to have lived more than 130 years.

In order to drink the Superstition properly you must hold the bottle so that the ankh touches the palm of your hand when you pour - that way you get the full benefit of our best wishes for a long healthy and prosperous life.

And so I carefully poured a healthy dram into my nosing glass, making sure the ankh was in the palm of my hand. The colour of autumn leaves, a rich almost orange gold.

Body: an oil like coating the inside of the glass with long legs trailing back into the liquid

Nose: lightly peated, fresh, orange blossom, floral, butterscotch, white pepper, definitely white pepper.

Palate: salty or briny, the white pepper again, butterscotch and vanilla, smooth and quite light in the mouth.

Finish: long spicy with a little smoke, but not a heavy Islay peaty smoke, and the saltiness remains

My Jura Origin 10 Year Old took time to grow on me, I really loved it by the end of the bottle. I think this has taken off where the Origin left me and have really enjoyed starting this bottle. Reading Jim Murray's bible, I understand it's not to everyone's liking, but I'm enjoying it.

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4 comments

@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

@DaveWorthington, a very engaging and informative review ... thanks ! This is one of my favorite bottles as well. And, I didn't realize that the disclosure of coloring was on the bottom of the box ... in German of course :)

7 years ago 0

@michaelschout
michaelschout commented

@DaveWorthington Great review! I've always been inquisitive to what actually comprises the superstition, but never proactive enough to ask. Now I know.

7 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@DaveWorthington = Your review is quite enjoyable, as is this whisky. Jeder sieht ein St├╝ckchen Welt, gemeinsam sehen wir die ganze - Each of us sees a part of the world; together we see all of it.

6 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

Thank you for making the effort to contact Jura to find out the details of composition of the Superstition...very informative!! I really enjoyed the sample that I was able to try with 'aboutchoice' over a year ago (thank you!) and it is a bottle on my wishlist.

I wish that Whyte & MacKay (Jura & Dalmore) would just stop with the e150 (and mainly 40% bottlings) altogether. My understanding as to why the e150 notice is in German is that the declaration of e150 is law in Germany (and I think other, but not all countries in Europe), but in North America and most of the rest of the world, the only way you can tell about e150 is to assume it is present if the label does not say 'no colouring added'.

6 years ago 0

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