Isle of Jura 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
21 years old
Ex-Bourbon + Virgin American Oak Finish
46.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 may 2019 12:12 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 180.18

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Whisky reviews for Isle of Jura 21-year-old

14 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.97 points.

  1. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good value for money for a long-matured Jura, which picks me up with its rather hearty character.
    • Nose
      Liquorice, Licorice, Salt, Seaweed, Almonds, Ginger
    • Taste
      Pleasantly tart, a touch of smoke, marzipan, fleshy and hearty
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, oily

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  3. JBKwb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. lavoie scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Very good for the price. My second better Scotch i've try!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      96 96

  5. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this 21 year old, 46.7%, finished Jura.

    That's a fair age statement and ABV combo and I like the idea of juicing up the spirit with a lick of virgin oak, but it has been a while since I've been enticed by one of their bottles.

    The nose does an uncanny impression of not being ex-bourbon.

    It's incredibly and deeply red up front, with tannic red wine, tart, red currants and and juicy blood orange as the first things out of the glass. Cinnamon sticks and ripe orchard fruits develope after a while, but it also gains vanilla in the form of butterscotch and a sweet almondyness. The longer I left it unattended, the more leathery, cured meat established its presence.

    Quite complex and hitting some interesting notes.

    The palate is comparatively simple, but still has its own twist to add.

    It's super thick and viscous, as an instantly syrup-sweet and tart berry reduction, but about a second and a half in, it completely switches to mocha, no less sweet, but decadently rich and dense.

    Finely effervescent ginger starts creeping in, but never really gets going as the tail clicks into gear and cools things down with some camphor and cardamom. Slightly woody licorice root makes a brief appearance, flanked by dark and sticky molasses but it is never oversweet. The spice level stays pretty measured as a background tingle that never really peaks, which is the only thing in this that I wish was a bit different. It does dry out thanks to some taninns and a litte cinnamon, as the meatiness from the nose returns for the end of the end, but sweeter now, incoporating dark sugars and that late spice.

    All in all, I found this to be a refined and quite likeable whisky with a lot to recommend it. Could do with more intensity.
    • Nose
      Sangria: oaky Red Wine, blood orange, nectarines, cinnamon, red & black currants. Butterscotch, leather, marzipan, biltong.
    • Taste
      Thick syrupy red currant cordial, mocha, fizzy ginger
    • Finish
      cardamom, licorice root, molasses, muted but pervasive grey pepper, tannins, cinnamon, muscovado and mesquite jerky.

  8. d1scostu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. DramALife scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    S 5
    Nose is rather impressive as it develops into multiple layers (Woody & sweet > oily & dark fruit) as time goes by. Too much new cask influence led to a dominated finish.

    N 26
    Very woody
    Spikes of oak spice
    Dark fruit and almost remind me of PX cask
    A touch of oil and meaty when left to breathe

    P 24
    Rich maltiness
    Oak spice (peppery, nutmeg, etc)
    A touch of peat behind the spice

    F 23
    Mid-short finish
    Warm spice stays for a while then disappear

  10. Banzai scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. The_Osprey scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Jura 21 yo Tide. 46.7%. That's a very dark colour! Aroma is spicy, leather, slightly plummy, meaty and rusty, rich dried fruit. Oily texture. Taste is rich, more fumes, rich dried fruit, salty notes coming through the potent rich oak character. For me there is too much cask dominating the spirit here. Perfectly enjoyable but it's too oily meaty. Still very good and kept growing on me. I have to admit that I was flabbergasted when I read that there were no sherry casks used here - to me it tastes like sherry is almost an ingredient! 3.65/87

  13. Benromach15 scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Had it while visiting Islay and as you know a lot of whisky would have been tasted, bought a bottle of Jura 21 Tide and was the best whisky of the week. Liquid honey.

  14. Bram84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted @ SITS 2019

  15. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      83 83


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