Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Dun Bheagan
Stated Age
16 years old
White Wine Finish
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 jul 2019 5:51 pm by Frieda K.
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 125.42

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25 × member ratings

29 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Isle of Jura 2002 IM

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.14 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    After this nose I had prepared myself a lot. But, oh wonder: on the tongue and in the finish it is really "conservative" compared to the nose and scores with pleasant wood and spice notes.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Oha, here is (grape) fermentation in progress. A mixture of old, moldy straw and wet hay. Cauliflower, kohlrabi - in general he has such a strict vegetable note. Behind it floral notes, a little mandarin water and fermented strawberries.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong start, oily, spicy - and surprisingly completely different than the nose would suggest. Hardly any vegetables or fermented fruits, but lots of dry wood, pepper, curry, marjoram. Beautiful spice that dances around the oak. Dark chocolate, espresso beans.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium to long finish, very dry, very spicy. Chocolate with a high cocoa content, espresso beans, herbs, pepper.

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  3. rottendon scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Hm, I really don't know what to think of that. Behaves on the nose at first like New Make covered with wet finish, in the mouth it is rough, the finish shows no real progress either. Still, he's not uncomfortable. I don't want to (have to) drink it every day. The second sip was OK, the first not so much.

    I can't make sense of that stuff, either he's very young and has unlimited alcohol, or he's a Methuselah with correspondingly less alcohol, but tons of wood, menthol and such. Feels more like the former to me. Just tried another sip, not even sure if you can call it whisky, really weird!

    Could also be some exotic cask finish whose name you've never heard of. What can that taste like? Isle of Jura? Ben Nevis? tobermory

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Ah, so the older version, with a little more alcohol. And Jura fits like a glove, baby bump = Isle of Jura. And a Puligny-Montrachet White Wine Cask fits, too.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Starts with a harmonious yellow-fruity vanilla nose. Shortly thereafter mineral malty notes, a soft acidity lies above. After just a few seconds, the whole thing falls apart, bready and slightly chemical notes emerge. Full of sherry after a while, the fruity variant. But even now he doesn't seem round for long, restlessness comes up again and the alcohol tickles his nose a little. It is first warmed up extremely sour, fermented fruit, after a while the yellow fruits come back to the front from the background. Mineral again, baby bump, some damp hay. That's not really nice. 2-5ppm smoke? Doesn't get any better either.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oh, it immediately tingles nasty on the tongue, with acidity and dark sweetness, and a solid load of tannins at the back. You can only guess at the fruits. The second sip is more reserved, the alcohol mainly sets in later, but overall it makes a medicinal impression. Nevertheless, the interaction in the second sip seems much more harmonious.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is mainly characterized by narcotic alcohol, which also warms you up. It then fades slightly acidic, the sweetness and tannins were gone before the stone wore off. At the end breadiness on the tongue. The second sip is much more elegant and balanced on the finish, with the order remaining the same.

  4. Paulsen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Impression of a blind tasting:

    N: first impression - maritime, earthy, salt pushes up. Strong alcohol-borne notes. Becomes fruity over time, but not softer. Peach, chalk, wet wood. Sour notes appear again and again, which alternate with the fruit with every smell. None of this can prevail. Spices can also be seen on the edge, to narrow it down, my nose is not enough. Or maybe it's just the perceived wood.

    M: vanilla, cereals, fermented fruits. The alcohol is lower in comparison to the nose, there is no sharpness or coolness.

    Q: long, the maritime remains, a bit nutty.

    Conclusion: exciting, it was fun, but this would be too jittery for a large bottle ;-)

  5. Sandman23 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. AnnEm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    13 years maturing in a refill American Oak Hogshead + 3 years finish in a Puligny-Montrachet White Wine Cask.

    A malt that amazes and excites me. So far I have had many delightful moments with whisky. (Even if I only come to poplige 250 tasted bottlings.) I'm also amazed often not bad. But this one brings me extraordinary joy. There's a lot going on. From the nose to the finish very changeable, but always really good.

    Association: A beautiful, free, strong wild horse. So related to its nature and its dynamic structure - ie stable or, as it might even be expected, I can not find sea aromas.
    • Nose
      Extremely changeable, it changes from time to time. At first I think of a mature Sauternes. In addition, gummy vegetables - a fermented-sour-sweet note. Like it a lot. Cheese. He seems slightly rancid to me. Stinky feet. Kohlrabi shells. Then vanilla, oak, a wonderfully dense, concentrated spiciness. Sea buckthorn syrup. Cinnamon. Also flowery notes flash through.
    • Taste
      Megadichte oak wort, but not the lumbering strain, no, he is very lively. "Muscular-dynamic". At the same time I feel a nice maturity and a crisp acidity.
    • Finish
      Warming. Chocolate, fruit, deeper creaminess. Then black tea. Drying. Then again, velvet. Rear of the nose very sweet.

  7. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84


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