Isle of Jura 1976

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feith A' Chaorainn
3 Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Oct 2011 8:30 am

Average value

€ 1360.07

17 × in wishlist

18 × member ratings

25 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Isle of Jura 1976

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.67 points

  1. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From Whiskyfun,

    No, I don’t know how to pronounce feith a’ chaorainn either, but it seems that it means ‘the lands around the rowan’. Ah, Native American names! ;-). Colour: full gold. Nose: the whole nose screams ‘fresh American oak’ at first sniffs, with this bold combination of vanilla, maple syrup, fresh ginger and sawdust. Yet, it’s absolutely not bourbonny, rather very ‘islander’ – which isn’t always the case with Jura in my experience. Indeed, there’s some peat smoke, cigarette tobacco (is it still legal to quote tobacco?), moss and lemon zests, the whole getting even drier after that, with more shoe polish, fresh walnuts, touches of dill and fennel and then straight ashes, a bit ala Caol Ila. An interesting fairly austere version of Jura that’s got something of fino sherry. Mouth: ho ho ho, this is big whisky! Starts right where the nose stopped, on ashes and smoke, becoming wonderfully grassy and camphory after that, with also just as much tobacco and lemon zests. Superb grassy/smoky dryness. Keeps developing more on brine, olives, sweet mustard and salty liquorice, and after a few minutes you would think it’s a great Bowmore from the early to mid 1970s. Enough said. Finish: long, salty and very smoky, with a perfect grassy and sooty aftertaste (and quite some thyme and rosemary). Comments: it’s not a surprise, but it’s amazingly good whisky with a lot of character. An unusual but pretty fabulous Jura – but you’ll have to pay for this very high quality, since it carries a 645 Euros price tag. SGP:374 - 93 points.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Incredibly good Jura,
    but unfortunately the price tag is equally incredible. Around 700 EUR.
    • Nose
      The nose immediately
      takes me to a furniture maker’s workshop. Freshly sawed wooden planks galore.
      Underneath a very sweet not of citrus fruit and vanilla, honey, maple syrup and
      walnuts. Ginger and some liquorice and a very nice smoky and green edge.
    • Taste
      Creamy on the palate,
      but quickly very salty and smoke. Freshly cut grass. Green olives on salty
      juice, mustard seeds, liquorice. Becomes drier while it remains in the mouth.
      The maple syrup hardly gets a chance to manifest itself. More salty than sweet,
      but it works like a charm.
    • Finish
      The long finish
      remains smoky with salt and some spices at the death, mustard seed in the lead.
      The mouth is left dry as parchment.

  3. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Gavin D Smith for Whisky AdvocateThe

    name of this limited-edition bottling translates as "the lands around

    the rowan", and the component whisky has been matured in three,

    fresh-run American white oak hogsheads. Tinned peaches, a hint of smoke,

    and developing cream soda on the nose. Soft toffee and ultimately,

    chimney soot. The palate is full and fruity with Brazil nuts, drying

    quite rapidly, with coriander notes. Dark chocolate and licorice

    characterize the finish. (500 bottles). 85 Points

  4. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A beautifully aged 1976 vintage from the folks at Isle of Jura. Its
    gaelic name, Feith A` Chaorainn, means `The lands around the Rowan
    Tree`, an excellent description of Jura and its long traditions and
    superstitions based around the Rowan. Only 500 bottles worldwide and 100 bottles available in the UK.
    Sensually complex with notes of lemongrass,
    vetiver, soft warm honey, sage and cinnamon.
    Soft rich bitter chocolate, coriander, liquorice
    and caramelised fruits stir the palate. Lingering
    sensations of glazed orange segments and crushed
    apples complete this sensory spectrum.

    Laid to cask in 1976, then matured in three bespoke
    American white oak ex-bourbon hogsheads over the
    ensuing years, this noble spirit has been moulded by
    Mother Nature herself. 


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