Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Third Release
Stated Age
24 years old
Number of bottles
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 Jun 2012 5:58 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 85.00

6 × in wishlist

43 × member ratings

28 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Isle of Jura 1988 Arc

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.50 points

  1. BeatF scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

    The grain jumps right in your face. Then menthol and exotic fruits in the background. Spicy and peppery notes on the palate, peppery papaya on the finish, all with very light salt. Interesting matter.

  2. alectron scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      The first thing that greets me is a weird note of egg-y sulphur, yeast-dough that's turned bad, rancid butter and a sprinkle of puke. Unusual for sure, but for me not pleasant. (63)
      Lots of sweet flavours that take over after a short time, very syrup-y, canned peaches, a sweet flower-y note with a plant-y component, hyacinth maybe, quite a few wood spices with some cigar box wood & faint menthol, quite nice, if it weren't for those off-putting notes in the background still, also, these seem to accumulate if left alone for a bit. (76)
      Later: turning towards the spicy notes, quite nutty occasionally now as well, some granite dust as well as an intersting fruit note in the back that's hard to grab, grapefruit & fresh apples maybe. Sulphur & lactic acid notes are still present, but rather tame and more of an 'old sock' note now that I can handle much better than what it started out with. (87)
    • Taste
      oily & syrupy, milk-y/creamy, sweet, nutty, wood spices. (87)
    • Finish
      more wood & spices, creamy with quite a lot of butter scotch, some citrus fruit in the back. (88)

  3. DramWhisky scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Balance is nice, but lacking a lot of complexity and \"wow.\" ( 21/25)

    Easily drinkable, and enjoyable if you do not give it much thought.
    • Nose
      I am honestly not sure how to explain this, boiled corn on the cob, hint of cabbage, touch of smoke ( but very very faint).  Boiled herbs.  Intriguing but I am not that fond.   ( 18/25)
    • Taste
      Sweet, lots of syrup, nice hint of peat, but mostly a lot of candy and butter.  ( 21/25)
    • Finish
      Finish is lingering quite a long time, honestly tastes like slightly smokey candy/ honey.  ( 22/25)

  4. Furtia scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      79 79

  5. Lafroy scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    It`s definitely not my profile, but still the best Jura I`ve had so far
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Impressive. This is a gem with a fair price
    • Nose
      On the nose, err, hang on. Let me check my label again. This is Isle of
      Jura? Wow, what a surprise. Not so much because it is a good nose, which is is,
      but also because it does not remind me of Jura at all. I get sweets like
      mandarin, oranges, pineapple, apricots, mirabelles, jasmine and â€
    • Taste
      The attack is soft and creamy on oranges, grapefruit and apricots. The
      complex nose translates into a great taste experience, upholstered with a lot
      of spices and wonderful oak. Ginger, pepper and peat give it punch, eucalyptus
      and mint take care of a fresh lift. Sweet and zesty with a salty touch. It does
      not lose any of its splendour at any given time.
    • Finish
      The fresh finish is medium in length and very zesty.

  7. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    On the nose this Jura is truly unique, with a wonderful hint of farmy Brora to it. It's slightly tangy on the palate, but lovely entertainment nonetheless.
    • Nose
      A curious nose. There's sweet heather honey, almond paste and some caramel. Roasted chestnuts. Lovely farmy notes as well (hay, wet stables, hints of manure). Cigar leaves. Then nice menthol notes and back to fruitier notes (overripe apricots). Some mineral notes. Impressive complexity. Unusual but very nice.
    • Taste
      Starts on oranges, herbs and liquorice, followed by some earthy and rooty notes. Hints of peat even. Malty notes underneath. A coastal twist as well.
    • Finish
      Medium long, rather grassy and herbal, with a nutty edge and a faint bitterness.

  8. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    My 12th Isle of Jura and second in rating, only beaten by the Samaroli 1966. What a nice and positive surprise - recommended!
    Thank you whiskybase for the sample.
    • Nose
      Warming with caramel aroma, malty and grainy at first nosing. Fruity notes of physalis and kumquats are coming up. In the beginning it appeared to me as there is a whiff of peat as well, which made it smell a little "dirty", but it disappeared. Becomes better and better as I am getting used to it - an excellent nose.
    • Taste
      Wow! Mnjammnjammnjam! Keeps what the nose has promised - rich and complex. Caramel, oranges and malt topped with pepper. Superb.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy - remains pleasant.


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