Isle of Jura 10-year-old

Overall rating
76.24/100
votes
120
Whiskybase ID
WB111642
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Finish
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5013967012486
Added on
30 apr 2018 5:31 pm by Pyklet

Average value

€ 33.12

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Whisky reviews for Isle of Jura 10-year-old

26 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 76.24 points.

  1. Alessandr0 scored this whisky 75 points Newbie

    Nice inexpensive Scotch. Soft, moderately sweet, with a pleasant aroma. Women should like it.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The fragrance is very sweet. Fresh apples, vanilla, cinnamon, sour pastries.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Apples, dried fruit, spices. Unlike the smell, the taste is not sweet, almost dry.
    • Finish
      65 65
      Finish is short and indistinct. Sine, straw and something a little bit bitter and tart.

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  3. GridHunter scored this whisky 22 points Expert Junior

    The casks used in this batch are absolutely foul, wet cardboard with hints of sulfur, smelly feet and damp dog. Usually I would say this is due to a whisky being ‘corked’ - in this case it was from shocking casks, poor distillation and god knows what else. The Oloroso finish has toned the nastiness down somewhat and without it this liquid would be borderline toxic. God knows how or why this was ever bottled.

  4. Obynapewno scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
      some red fruit, varnish, leather, honey, vanilla, alcohol, malt, pepper, old worn shoes, herbs
    • Taste
      77 77
      honey, vanilla, a bit of smoke, a little watery, varnish, caramel, a bit of earth, herbs
    • Finish
      76 76
      short, sweetness, caramel, light smoke, pepper, oak

  5. ZLako scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Meh. Bleh.

    N: cardboard box that was stained with fruit juice, alcoholic sting, some salt, very tiny amount of vanilla

    P: cardboard box again, salty, the peat can be felt here but it's very minimal, dry, has some bitterness that is terrible, sour, the plastic taste when you finish a lollipop and you accidentally lick it's plastic part

    F: sour and it's terrible

    Now I see why everyone hates on Jura. Bad casks, terrible sour and bitter whisky with almost 0 character and 0 complexity. The worst whisky I have ever had. Nose is way better than the taste and finish....the nose is actually promising a bit but then you get a huge load of disappointment.

    Even Lidl's Queen Margot 3 years BSW rates higer for me.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      69 69
    • Finish
      67 67

  6. MarcinCh scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Dark amber color. Very rare whisky.
    • Nose
      75 75
      There is some varnish, but not repulsive. Skin. A fleeting trail of red fruit. A subtle hint of vanilla sweetness. Delicate aromas of red fruit. The closest are cherries and cranberries. Vanilla. More and more red fruits over time. Slight acidity of red fruits. The nose is better than the version of the Jura Journey I tried before. Subtle trace of smoke after a long time. Slightly salty notes. More vanilla and honey on the other nose.
    • Taste
      72 72
      Lots of salt. Varnishes. An old oak barrel. Caramel in a very bad edition, definitely dry. It is not pleasant. Different and worse than the nose. No finish in Sherry casks. Maybe a fugitive trail of red fruit.
    • Finish
      71 71
      Spices. Light spice. Black pepper. An old oak barrel. Varnishes. Salt, a lot of salt. A bit of salty, even very salty caramel. The salt covers his sweetness. Spicy spices, but dry and slightly spicy. Maybe nutmeg. Again the bitterness of the oak. Cocoa. Lots of aromas, but generally unpleasant. Medium-length finish. You don't feel the finish in Sherry casks at all.

  7. Nazin scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Nose > taste.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      44 44

  8. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

  9. rich_93 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    I think Jura is an underappreciated malt whose owners could do a much better job presenting it. It also has a funky character that puts people off, until you get a really good example (from an IB) and see the possibilities. I really enjoyed this one, it’s one of the best 40%ers I’ve had recently. To the distillery’s credit, it is very nicely balanced and has a distinct earthy / marine character.
    • Nose
      84 84
      definitely some Jura fish liver oil funk. But also fresh orange, honey, buttery pastries, herbs. Lemon and honey lozenges. Some soft vanilla, cinnamon and walnuts. It is phenolic with dirty leather and thyme. A nice maltiness as well. There’s also a subtle hint of peat, which put together with the sour citrus notes reminds me of Springbank 10. Very good, with decent quality casks - would love this at 46%.
    • Taste
      83 83
      herbal and earthy to begin with, some orange zest and a minty freshness. Thyme and peppermint tea. Lots of honeyed malt, with even a floral tinge. Cardamom. Would be a banger at higher abv. The spirit - cask balance is good, as on the nose.
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium, initially plenty of honey. The funky / malty / herbal complex from the palate continues. An interesting saltiness develops in the end and stays for a while. Very earthy and dirty tasting in the end, lots of character - I love it!

  10. paulusgaming scored this whisky 50 points Expert Junior

    Nose:

    Something septic, like paint mixed with decaying leaves, varnish and pool chlorine. A soft hint of vaguely earthy peat can be found in the back and there's this underlying tone of cloying caramel sweetness. There's also this smell of a room belonging to a child that moved out when they became an independent adult that hasn't been touched since. I compare it to stale rugs, dusty wood and old clothes. Honestly there's quite a bit going on here... Just not in a good way.

    Palate:

    Extremely watery arrival. Stale pond water, cardboard, orange pith, old used coffee grounds, wood glue, oak, motor oil, fries fried in old overused frying oil. I guess there's a pear note hidden away in there that's somewhat okay?

    Finish:

    Short. Charcoal, sappy wood, bitter, mint, lime zest.

    Overall:
    Just don't buy this allright. Pinky promise? Unless you're a masochist of course. Then by all means go ahead. In all seriousness though. This is probably one of the worst malts available in the category around €30. With the competition being the likes of Highland Park 12, Caol Ila 12, Talisker 10, Clynelish 14, Glenfiddich 12 etc. There's just no need at all for people to buy this. I've made mistake of not ordering it at a bar before getting a bottle and tbh i do regret it.

  11. MLE scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      75 75

  12. DanUOW1997 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
      Salty, faint smell of sweaty clothes (but a hint of perfume coming through). The sherry and bourbon casks are easy to pinpoint; vanilla and nuttiness come through in the down-to-earth nose. Concluding, the nose definitely doesn't "jump out" with loads of complex smells. Red wine, sheer smells of alcohol, pepper and grass are the final details of note. No sight of the peated influence, besides the 'sweaty' character, to be found yet.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Pleasant oily, citric and sweet taste to start off with. Salted, pure chocolate is how I would characterize the next development. Then the grassy element comes through in the taste, just like it did in the nose. I can sense this whisky has some kind of peaty influence, but it barely shows in the nose or taste. Slightly mossy and bittery smoke perhaps, but that is about it. The PPM cannot be too high in this one, perhaps to keep the whisky accessible for a wide range of customers. Other noteworthy tastes are raisins, walnuts, nutmeg, black pepper and lots of more pure chocolate and coffee (reminds me most of a strong espresso). But it's all wrapped in only 40% alcohol content, so the full character of the whisky does not really show, neither with or without water. Something of a disappointment as all the tastes "fly by".
    • Finish
      80 80
      Finish is - as pointed out here, and in reviews on other websites - quite bitter. I myself do not mind the finish being bitter, it is actually a surprising aspect of the whisky that makes it a slight bit more complex. It goes hand in hand with the espresso taste that I pointed out before. The oiliness sticks for a little while, not surprisingly long but I wouldn't say it's short either. Just like the finish itself.

      A hint of orange, nutmeg and citrus to round it all off.

  13. adriank scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

  14. thebonewolf scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nutty, fruity, maybe figs. Wine-like smell. Honey.
    • Taste
      Oak, spice, bit of smoke from green wood, or dead wood that’s wet. Thin feel.
    • Finish
      Lightly spicy, some smoke. Long on some sips, short on others.

  15. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Soft smell of some kind of rotten straw or hay, unique and interesting
    • Taste
      Sweet, creamy, rotten peat and alcohol harshness
    • Finish
      Short, peaty, pretty sharp

  16. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    a very decent entry-level OA with a positive note of its own.
    • Nose
      Young, intense and I smell peat, very light, very subtle, can that be? Malty, spicy, ripe fruits, can the peaty be a more medicinal note?
    • Taste
      light and soft, malty, sweet, here too the slightly peaty medicinal note.
    • Finish
      rather short, malty sweet with a little oak, mint and a few bitter aromas.

  17. Willum scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

  18. wbarchive_81991 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Of course this whisky was distilled with love and attention. It is just so "iodine" that I think I am drinking hospital disinfectant. Sorry. Not my personal taste. That's why the low rating. Can't get used to it either.
    • Nose
      46 46
      Salty, medicinal
    • Taste
      46 46
      Iodine, salt, medicinal. Not peaty.
    • Finish
      46 46
      Salty, iodine.

  19. wembleytor scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Very fruity. Sweetness hides the smoke, which only comes through late on and is fairly light. Fruitier than I would normally go for, but that's no bad thing in this case as it wears it well. Having seen some bad reviews I was wary, but this was a pleasant surprise and excellent value for money.

  20. mihata44 scored this whisky 70 points Newbie

    Light brown colored. Little harshness still. Not so smokey as Islay whisky’s.

  21. ConvalRen scored this whisky 59 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      58 58
    • Taste
      59 59
    • Finish
      59 59

  22. rolabob scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  23. karloff scored this whisky 45 points Specialist

    It's a Shame how Jura has fallen, I tried the 18 not so long ago and it was piss poor. I don't know what is going on but I really do hope they get their shit together.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Ripe plums, raisins, dried banana, cereal like bran, fruit malt loaf and black grape.
      There seems to be an artificial note but I can't quite put my finger on it.
      I know this has been watered down but the watered down smells like it's watered down, if you know what i mean.
    • Taste
      That artificial note again, it's as if someone has added essence to the glass. What follows is nothing exciting or original or different. It really is average which is a shame.
    • Finish
      60 60
      The finish is the worst thing about it, it's like right that's it I've tried my best and if my best isn't good enough I'm off. Goodbye. Thee End.

  24. toklian scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    N20 P20 F20 B20

  25. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The colour is amber. The nose is smooth and light with notes of peated smoke, vanilla, oak, spices and grass. The palate is smooth with fruits, light peated smoke, oak and vegetables notes. The finish is middle with spices, oak, light peated smoke, grass and fresh vegetables notes. New Jura becames more peaty. It’s closer to old Superstition whisky. It sum new Jura 10YO is a simple, tasty and easy drinkable lightly peated whisky.

  26. JacobaEd scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  27. markjedi1 scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    To be honest, there is no improvement in my book. Pity.
    • Nose
      The nose offers hay, plasticine, manure (I am not kidding), lemons and oranges. Loads of earthy notes and a salty edge. I have to say, I am still not very fond of this.
    • Taste
      It is oily and sweet on the palate, but immediately shows some wet cardboard and earth. A salty edge, once more. But it is not really fruity. I get some caramel and walnuts. Turns a bit bitter.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, dry and bitter.

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