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Isle of Jura Superstition

Honest malt, high fun factor

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@MagnusReview by @Magnus

17th Apr 2014


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An interesting bottle of malt, that comes at a cheap. No age statement, which is a shame, but represents a common practice of more than just one distillery these days. A very smart dedication words are put into the leaflet. Overall, a touching and promising introduction to the main course: the malt itself.

Medium legs and a good color in the glass, although there's some artificial coloring present, so this counts to nothing really.

Nose: grapes and a bunch of sweet, thick malt, toffee, minced meat (!). Grape must. Lily of the valley and carnation. Exquisite oak. Some smoke. Very interesting, strong and honest nose.

Palate: more malt, vanilla and honey cereal. Hints of mint, cinnamon and, yes, some very faint peat. Lightly peated, eh? The lightest of hints of peat I would say. But a good one. A great kick of toffee sweets. Very slight burn. Sweet and pleasant, very smooth. A reasonably medium body.

Finish: shortish. Delivers more of what has been on the palate: honey cereal, cinnamon, some phenols and a great deal of toffee. There is an unexpected sourness an bitterness, though. Some soapiness that repulsed me in a way.

I'd say aeration does a great disservice to this malt. If opened, try finishing it in a week. 10 days in a half empty bottle has robbed it from half of its' virtues, that I noticed at the beginning, although it drives down the soapiness in the finish as well.

That's why it's good for an everyday dram: simple, but not mediocre. Honest, far from complex, but with no great disadvantages and, for its' price, Isle Of Jura Superstition sports the high fun BFYB factor that everyone craves sometimes!

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