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The whisky

List of the bottles

Official 10 years 74/100
6
4 2
Official 16 years 79/100
1
1 1
Official Legacy 76/100
2
0 2
Official Diuarchs' Own 82/100
1
0 1
Official Heavily peated edition 40ppm 87/100
1
0 1
Official 5 years, heavily peated 85/100
1
0 1
Official Superstition 84/100
7
4 3
Gordon & MacPhail Gordon & MacPhail 1995 for Netherlands 78/100
1
0 1
Malts of Scotland Bourbon hogshead 1992 85/100
1
1 0
Signatory Un-chillfiltered collection 1988 85/100
4
4 0
Signatory Very Cloudy 72/100
1
0 1
The Whisky Agency 23 years old, Romantiques 86/100
1
0 1

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Isle of Jura: Official bottlings

Isle-of-Jura

10 years

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
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74/100
The colour is old gold. The nose, full and elegant is rather typical with vegetable hints like cut hay, onion and even rubber. It also reveals some nice touches of flowers and candies.
The palate is rich and smooth and confirms the nose fragrances and becomes oilyer after 10 seconds.
The finish is marked by vanilla, fruit and sugar, and is sweet-bitter.

(La Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
A pleasant malt smell, but rather flat precedes a surprise less taste. A good plain malt without this taste explosion which characterizes the best malts. The finish of average length is slightly sugared. A good whisky. A very good quality-price ratio. For this last reason, I heartily recommand it.
74/100
A second tasting confirmed the first one. A rather interesting bottle, even if this is not an absolute must.
74/100
A relatively fruity nose leaving a lolly on a flower background impression. In the palate, a kind of complexity, but the tastes remain in the fruit/flower register, without exaggerated contrasts, but without any failure neither. A nice finish, still of the same kind (fruit/flower), with some remote woody touches.
79/100
First impression is some hints of yeast and malted notes, a touch of smoke and then soapy hints. This nose does not announce a very great whisky. Let's hope things will get better in the palate.
In the mouth, there is first some malty taste, not specially complex and even some hinder from alcohol. Then a pleasant development on fruity notes. The whole remaining rather discrete.
A long and fresh finish, fruity.
Certainly not an essential whisky.
70/100
Appearance: Young sauternes, pale straw in light. Like fresh almond oil.
Nose: Salty and birch-like. Slight peat smoke. Mutton fat and mustard. With water it becomes a bit tar-like, grass fire, scented, ethyl alcohol. Like a perfect blend of a rocky sea islet and a burned down old forest.
Flavour: Old cigar fimp, a little fatty but not very rich, flame treated cane lump, dry mustard.
Development: Silkier nose with a delicate bouquet. The saltiness was quickest to vanish.
Comments: A tad unsatisfying. Not very rich, a bit bland and boring. But still a smooth dram that sinks easily.
62/100
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
App.: Medium golden, brasslike
N.: This is one really strange nose: Grappa, yoghurt, vegetables, sour cream and honey blend together in a really satisfying mixture. Apples and dried fruits like a bowl of bircher-muesli in the morning. Wine and malty notes follow up. Also hints of rubber and leather can be detected. A very strange and individual nose, for sure a matter of taste, but for me very likeable.
P.: A rather smooth approach after this expressive nose. Honey and dried friuts with nuts and liquorice. A smooth bitterness like orange marmalade or green tea together with buttered shortbread. Very intense and balanced. This a little sour impression of the nose seems to be forgotten.
F.: Medium long but firm, leaving soft traces of caramel on the tongue. Conc.: This! is my everyday-dram. Gentle but very impressive.
84/100

Isle-of-Jura

Superstition

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
45,0 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
(Blending of peated and old malt)
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Forum 84/100
Superstition is the result of a marriage of two whiskies. The first one is characterized by its peaty taste, in the traditional style of Islay, and the other by it's delicate mildness.
The dark colour recalls the Mahogany wood, with gold glints.
The sweet smell due to the long stay in american oak casks mixes itself with some phenol, honey and marzipan hints.
The very complex taste reveals spices, pine and peat fragrances.
Personal Comment
What a strange malt. Superstition is really wonderful. The memory I had about Jura malts was a good ordinary whisky. But this bottle denies this, The mix of malt, honey and peat is really astonishing. An unforgettable finish (very long). An unqualified success. This bottle can reconcile any whisky drinker with the products of the isle of Jura (if anybody could have had a negative impression about them...)
84/100
During the second tasting, a strange but very pleasant and complex smell where fresh notes of honey are mixed with some discrete peaty notes. A very great complexity also characterizes the palate, combining some malt background with peat hints, in a spicy whole. A long finish completes the scope. For a special experience, this superstition is a complete success.
84/100
The nose is very pleasant and a bit disconcerting. A dominant smell which could be wood, or malt mixed to a slight touch of spiced citrus fruit on a discrete peaty background. In the palate, the spices are quite present, but the taste remains mellow, and the background peat is still there. The finish is lingering and pleasant and returns on the malt or wood already present in the first nosing.
84/100
A nose with undergrowth memories, musty wood hints, peat. No smoke, at least not straight away perceptible. A prune smell also, but rather discrete. In the palate, a kind of complexity, but also a kind of unbalance, together with some watery impression. Peaty notes seem to be superposed over other ones, smoother and with less character. Some furtive acidity. Not a fruity one, citrus fruit, but something which seems to evoluate in a strange register of a mix of peat and vinegar, without much character. Good thing it is really furtive.... The finish is paradoxically marked by alcohol, as alcohol just was missed in the mouth.... It is however long and pleasant, with nice woody notes
79/100
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
C.: Golden straw
N.: A very complex but firm and round nose: Honey meets apple juice, fresh fruits with cereals (Bircher Muesli), a wonderfully mixed combination of fruity and spicy aromes. There is dried figs and dates, too. Behind all this beauty there is a soft and discreet smoky note, very easy and not at all overpowering.
T.: w/o water: The peat is far more influencial, a smooth bitterness steps in, cocoa and dark chocolate appear on the map. w water: Now the fruity and cereal notes are stronger, combined with hefty whiffs of smoke a really great experience.
F.: There are fruits and brown sugar, vavishing, but bitter dark cocoa aromes are staying in the mouth for a long time - This is a very expressive, complex and enjayable dram, a marriage of the regular fruity combined with a stronger peated one. Since the regular one is one of my all time favorites, I am longing for tasting the peated expression. (I found right now a bottle 5 y.o. and the bottle is just waiting to be opened....)
88/100


Isle of Jura: independent bottlings

Isle-of-Jura

Un-chillfiltered collection 1988

Collection
Un-chillfiltered Collection
Age
14 years
Alcohol percentage
46,0 %
Bottler
Signatory
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85/100
The colour is pale yellow with greenish glints. This version needs to be ventilated (by swirling the whisky in the glass) to discover all the vegetal (green malt) and the floral notes, as well as the light presence of peat and iodine. The palate is full, rich and oily and is perfectly balanced between the sugared and the salted fragrances, and recall the nosing;
The finish develops pleasantly on the smooth (milky) character of malted barley.
The whole has a nice structure and develops remarkably in the time.

(La Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
This version of the only Jura distillery is simply marvelous. A very pleasant nose announces great things in the mouth. The palate is experiences an unusual explosion of fragrances, gently dominated by iodine and peat. A wonderful rather long finish . A great moment of happiness.
88/100
The nose is rather fresh and marked by floral smells with some iodine hints. A festival of fragrances in the palate, from malt to cut grass, through very fine slightly acid touches. An exceptional finish, reviewing all the aromas detected by the nose and the tongue. A very special bottle.
84/100
The nose is frankly perfumed, between ripe fruit and cut grass. In the mouth, a great complexity, between citrus fruits, cut grass and malt on the background. An amazing mix of flavours. A very nice finish.
84/100

The nose is clearly marked by spices, with nice fruity notes and a touch of peat. Cut grass appear after a while. Very nice nose, great complexity.
The first mouth is bitter but develops quickly on slightly acid notes before turning back to the original bitterness, where some clear spice tastes (pepper) have been added. Very nice mouth, deliciously complex with very pleasant contrasts between unripe walnut and pepper.
The finish is warm and relatively long, with hints of malt mixed to woody touches. Nice whisky.
84/100

Isle-of-Jura

Gordon & MacPhail 1995 for Netherlands

Collection
Reserve
Age
14 years
Alcohol percentage
57,8 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Cask
refill bourbon
Cask number
single cask 3199
Dates
Distil: 27/11/1995 Bottling: 03/09/2010
Bottle
211 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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78/100
Isle of Jura gm reserve
Personal Comment

Isle of Jura samples

Isle-of-Jura

Bourbon hogshead 1992

Age
20 years
Alcohol percentage
50,3 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask number
single cask 12064
Dates
Distil: 4-1992 Bottling: 11-2012
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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85/100
Personal Comment
Colour: Straw
A slightly medicinal smell initially which fades fairly quickly to make room for vegetal notes, combining floral scents of hay and grass clippings. Also some menthol. A very fresh nose anyway.
In the mouth, an evolution from discrete floral notes to a pronounced bitterness, but not unpleasant. This contrast gives a nice complexity, but at the expense of balance. A nice surprise anyway. This bitterness is more wooded than metal and gives a freshness to this unusual whisky.
The finish is distinctly bitter, long, hot, extending the impressions of the mouth
85/100

Ile of Jura: not in collection

Isle-of-Jura

Legacy

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Official
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76/100
Isle of Jura Legacy
Personal Comment

Isle-of-Jura

Very Cloudy

Age
9 years
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Signatory
links & average quote
72/100
Personal Comment

Isle-of-Jura

16 years

Age
16 years
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Official
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79/100
Isle of Jura 16
Personal Comment
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour: Deep amber, mahogany (coloured, as they say “adjusted” if there was something to adjust....).
Nose: Honey, combined with dried fruits: apricots and apples. Also there is ginger beer and fresh peaches. Very discreet smoke and blue suede shoes.
Taste: Very balanced, full and rich, meaty like a roasted pork leg. Also whale nuts, lime peel, roasted almonds and ripe exotic fruits (mango). Softly burnt caramel and coffee with sweetened condensed milk.
Finish: Medium long, somewhat short for a 16 yo but nicely mesmerizing between soft spices and warm milk.
Conc.: A nice and tasty dram but somehow perhaps my expectation might have been too high.... What I am missing is this dearly loved typical Jura note of musty old fruits mixed with cold burnt embers and sour cream... But maybe the next tasting will come to totally different results.

Tasting date: 15/09/2010
Price in Germany: 39,00 Euro -1 Liter bottle
79/100


Isle-of-Jura

5 years, heavily peated

Collection
Special Edition
Age
5 years
Alcohol percentage
60,6 %
Bottler
Official
Cask number
single cask 19
Dates
Distil: 18-1-1999 Bottling: 20-8-2004
Bottle
234 of
Particularity
cask strength
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85/100
Isle of Jura 5 yo
Personal Comment
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour: Bright straw, light greenish glints .
Nose: This is one great, strange and very, very expressive one: There are very heavy earthy notes combined with wet cigarette ash and musty mushrooms and morels. Light impessions of vomit and sulphur. Then again more and more forest notes like wet wood and moss. With water added there’s wet rubber and much iodine.
Taste: Typical peat bomb, without water in the beginning nearly undrinkable but after a few moments comfortable and warm. With 1/3 of water added (app. 40%), there are nearly the same impessions mentioned in the nose but leave out vomit and sulphur. This makes it very well drinkable, expressive and pleasureful, reminding the rough landscape (Pops) of the isle of Jura.
Finish: Long, long, long (G. Harrison): Bitterroot, wood and peatsmoke embracing the tongue for long pleasant moments. Perfect after dinner companion to your after dinner smoke.
Conc.: After a strange and surprising introduction this is one of the most exiting drams I ever experienced. Like the Isle of Jura this dram will not have many friends, but, alas, I am one. Wish this bottle would never empty...
Date: 16. February 2011
Price in Germany: ca 69 Euro (bought 2007 at Jack Wiebers in Kreuzberg)
85/100

Isle-of-Jura

Heavily peated edition 40ppm

Age
8 years
Alcohol percentage
58 %
Bottler
Official
Dates
Distil: 1999 Bottling: 2007/2008
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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87/100
Jura heavily peated
Personal Comment
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour: Bright brown. (colour?)
Nose: In the beginning very strange but fascinating: Strong cheese (roquefort) smelly mushrooms (old morels) even vomit. But this impression passes quickly and there is nothing but good plain peatsmoke.
Taste: W/o water: Very strong and overwhelming, bitterroot, tar and old fishernets. But there’s also a subtle and fruity sweetness in the back. With water added (40%) there is the strange cheese and morel note part back, but very pleasant combined with fine spices and a nifty pinch of sea salt. Images of the forest near the sea, just like my Scotland holidays few weeks ago near Loch Linnhe ...
Finish: Long and fat, very chewy. Peatsmoke and seaweed.
Date: 11 August 2011
Price in Germany: ca 65 Euro (3 years ago)
87/100

Isle-of-Jura

Diuarchs' Own

Age
16 years
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Official
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Forum 82/100
Personal Comment

Isle-of-Jura

23 years oldm Romantiques

Collection
Romantiques
Age
23 years
Alcohol percentage
52,9 %
Bottler
The Whisky Agency
Dates
Distil: 1988 Bottling: 2011
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 86/100
Isle of Jura TWA
Personal Comment

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