Isle of Jura 21-year-old

Overall rating
85.66/100
votes
276
Whiskybase ID
WB36382
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Strength
44.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
P/002333 L7228
Barcode
5013967006874
Added on
17 oct 2012 4:55 pm
Colored

Average value

€ 172.64

18 × in wishlist

276 × member ratings

662 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Isle of Jura 21-year-old

30 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.66 points.

  1. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I didn't even have him on my screen until he was at the final rehearsals. A big thank you to André from Whisky Evening. An old, ripe Jura always works and then the finish in sherry casks should not lead to disappointment. Conclusion in advance: A very interesting and very tasty after-work malt with memorable value due to its elegant courtesy. Only the finale is weak.
    • Nose
      Strikingly typical wet linen sherry notes plus Ritter Sport whole milk in the foreground. Behind some dried leather. Overripe wild blackberries lie on the forest floor and the cut wood from last year's forest work is next to it. A very pleasant sherry nose with a clear structure. But with that we ended up on the nose in the one-way street. Let's see if the palate can tell a little more about the 21 years in the barrel.
    • Taste
      Cautiously sweet and drooling, it starts with a bit of oak spiciness and looks deliciously tasty, ... yes, almost complex. Wonderful texture with a clear concept based on beneficial and warming. A palate that you won't soon forget. The Ralfy family is also fun. Respect to the master. Good barrel choice. Shortly before the transition, it slowly becomes bitter with herbs, but on the warming elegant side. I can't take in the moment of the exit. He's too quick in the final for me. Seems like that.
    • Finish
      Medium to short, it suddenly ceases to have an effect in the mouth as it is very drying. Then there is nothing left to describe. The mouth literally sticks together and stays dry. Not a particularly laudable finale for this proud age. However, the PLV considered it to be a clear buy recommendation, as it is a tasty, well-made sherry whisky and, at 21 years of age, not that expensive.

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is rightly the flagship of the ''Jura'' range. The sherry casks set the course for a heavy and dark basic orientation, but the ''Jura'' fire is not completely killed. The malt is complex, but almost all aromas are present from the beginning, so that a stringent line is driven without changing lanes.
    • Nose
      Walnut essence, dark chocolate, pumpernickel, dark nougat pralines, truffle pralines, vineyard peaches in the background, coconut, apricots, dates, marzipan, the ''Jura''-typical earthy clay note is still recognizable
    • Taste
      Apricots and vineyard peaches provide the juicy start, then the dark aromas appear, morello cherries, blood orange, Demerara, marzipan, sticky dates, roasted malt, aromatic tobacco, notes of coffee complete the overall picture, dark chocolate, strong oak, powerful walnuts
    • Finish
      Long finish, malty, Demerara, strong coffee, gentleman's chocolate, roasted walnuts, vanilla, dark bread, apricots and vineyard peaches creep up the throat again, a mineral earthiness spreads over time

  4. Ben Bruikman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    ra means deer island. The distillery is located in the small village of Craighouse, the "capital" of the island. Craighouse is on the A846, about eight miles from the ferry port to Islay. It was founded in 1810 and has been owned by Whyte & Mackay Ltd since 1993. Jura is best known as a Single Malt, but it is also a very important part of the Whyte & Mackay Special Blend. The distillery features 1 stainless steel semi-lauter mashtun, six stainless steel washbacks, and two pairs of stills. In 2021, their total production will be around 2.4 million liters. The following Single Malts are part of the new core range introduced in 2018: Journey, Seven Wood, 10, 12, 18 and 21 Years (Tide).

    Jura isn't one of my favorite distilleries, but this 21 year old is definitely better than most of the expressions I've had so far. It has no real off notes, although the bitterness on the finish is a bit of a letdown. But other than that, it's fun, albeit predictable. I wouldn't buy a full bottle, but if you're a fan of this distillery, you should definitely try the 21 Years if you can find it. When in doubt, buy a sample first!

    The color is amber.
    • Nose
      The fragrance has notes of forest floor, red dried fruit, chocolate, spices, light acidity, subliminal vanilla.
    • Taste
      The taste has notes of strawberry juice, sour to slightly sour, chocolate, oak flavor, dryness
    • Finish
      The aftertaste has notes of chocolate, sweet, slightly bitter, dry sticking of the cheeks.

  5. Koning scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A mature Jura. It's soft and gentle, but has enough character. The dram stays vivid, and isn't dry in the mouth.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A dark and rather deep nose: chocolate, coffee and unmistakably Jura (that's canned peaches, hay and cheese for me). Some nuts (walnuts, smoked almonds) and cherries join the party. It's a bit leafy and floral too. A very fine nose!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Juicy citrus fruits and milk chocolate at the front, accompanied by figs, marzipan, biiterkoekjes/amaretti, honey, liquorice and mustard. It's a bit metallic with a hint of smoke. The palate is soft and gentle, but a lot of flavours to discover.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dried herbs (oregano, laurel), dried fruits, bitter oranges, cherries and walnuts. Finally shows a briny maritime side, together with a whiff of leafy smoke.

  6. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A really surprising and extremely exciting Jura. I really like the nose, but unfortunately the taste falls off a bit. There is simply no boom. Nevertheless: It is something different and has its own, somehow mystical character.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nice dark fruit notes spread, accompanied by a nice, persistent and slightly tart herbal note. After a few seconds in the glass, red berries are added, alternating with dry vanilla and woody caramel. With some red apple. Definitely feels 'mature'. Dessert like vanilla ice cream with hot raspberries, lightly sprinkled with spices and cocoa, comes to mind in places. In addition, every now and then I discover an exciting and surprising note that I would even describe as slightly maritime. The very independent (if not to say peculiar) herb impact with the sweet fruit and vanilla notes gives a really interesting and beautiful overall picture. Has something!
    • Taste
      85 85
      First lies quite creamy on the tongue, then the herbs strike again! Pleasantly tart, somehow maritime with wet grass and damp wood. The vanilla flashes through every now and then, the fruits have disappeared. A bit tart chocolate spreads, is complemented by a touch of tart lemon peel. In principle, I would like that a lot despite the lack of fruit, especially the strong herbal note I find exciting. Nevertheless, the malt seems a bit flat to me here. If it's because of the (not even that low) 44%, it's because of something else ... I don't know. But here is just a little too little power behind it, even has a tendency to be one-sided. Unfortunately!
    • Finish
      86 86
      Quite creamy, here a light, sweet fruity note shines through again. Chocolate with a relatively low cocoa content is noticeable, the sweetness is emphasized a little here. The herbal notes reappear and slowly bring the taste to an end with a delicate, tart woody note. Here maybe a touch of maritime with moist vegetation. The second sip is clearly more bitter, with 'dark' wood aromas. The herbs now appear slightly musty. Fancy!

  8. glenrob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. dapoinbua scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. riegerjonas scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    2021-03-21
    • Nose
      closed, keeps getting better, distillery character comes through, coffee, earthy, light sherry, lime
    • Taste
      typical tart Jura notes, orange peel, could use a little more alcohol, a shame, very subtle sherry, gooseberries, stays in the mouth for a long time
    • Finish
      long, cocoa, coffee

  11. Squinugie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I have a weak spot for Jura since I’ve visited the island. It’s just a unique ambiance and quite an experience to live the life on such a small island. And no matter how short you’re there, your being treated like a local. This is something I relive every time I have a Jura whisky in my glass.
    • Nose
      Dough, walnut, cedar wood shavings, apricot, dried dates and plumbs, vanilla, toasted oak, stone and minerals. There are also earthy dirt like notes in a typical Jura way, because of the use of water that ran through peat grounds. Hints of very old leather are also present.
    • Taste
      The taste is gentle, soft and balanced. Sweet, earthy and savory. There is a slight bitterness as well. Dried fruits, vanilla sticks, cinnamon and dark chocolate. The palate focuses on the ‘dark’ side of sherry with wee fresh hints of the bourbon casks.
    • Finish
      Oak spices, leather, toasted oak. Also apricot and dates. The finish is of medium-long length. It ends very mineral-like with wet stones and dry savory hints of walnut.

      I like the style of Jura but I know it’s not a particularly popular distillery. This is one of those distilleries to visit first and then enjoy after. It really adds to the experience.

  13. jkswift scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. Othorion scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very balanced, very rich nose, varnished wood and orchard fruits, then the influence of bourbon barrels is felt. Sponge cake, vanilla, a dash of smoke. Mirabelle plum, grapes and pastry cream. The palate is very good, it's warm, apricot compote, quince jam, smoked tea, sandy soil, pineapple juice, some citrus fruits, but the finish is a little acidic, it's a shame. And moreover, quite short. Between the chard apple and the white currant.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/10/isle-of-jura-21-yo.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  17. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Already matured, but that certain something is missing.
    • Nose
      Forest soil, red dried fruits, chocolate, herbs, light acid, subliminal vanilla
    • Taste
      Strawberry juice, sour to slightly sparkling, chocolate, oak, dryness
    • Finish
      Chocolate, sweet, light bitter, dry cheeks

  18. davidloosli scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Just not my style of whisky
    • Nose
      Apple, mint freshness, honey, rum soaked raisins
    • Taste
      Lightly peated, oaly, petrol lamp, dark fruits, caramel
    • Finish
      Slightly bitter peat, vanilla sweetness at the end

  19. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N- Gentle and rounded. Bread crumb, fresh yoghurt, clove and chocolate. Embrace with a thin layer of fine sweet smoke. P- Fresh youghurt sourness bring forward delicious maraachino cherry,
    honey and sweet fig. Whiff of fine leather and seasoned wood added depth
    to the overall mouthfeel.

    T- Smooth and medium long, tabacco leaf and light peppery hot remains.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

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

  21. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

    Okayish but would not become my favorite Jura.
    • Nose
      Old leather suit case, minerals, stone, oaky notes with sweetness and oaky and nutty notes
    • Taste
      Punchy, oak wood, still a bit leathery, subtle sweetness and vanilla notes, again some minerals, a tad bitter from the oak
    • Finish
      Medium and burning, little bitterness

  22. Maczet scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

    The nose is pretty mineral as a Jura should be. The palate is is different - rather vanilla and oak.

  24. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Wood=malt sweet
    T: Wood vanillas
    F: More woody vanillas with some raisins on the finish
    C: Benign but boring.

    Scores a B-/C+

  25. drkrylov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Piney. Cedary. Oaky.
    • Taste
      Nutty. Bittersweet orange marmalade. Sweet lemons.
    • Finish
      A surprising, refreshing acidity. Tangy. Salty. Echoes of the sea.

  26. drkrylov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Ciro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  28. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Typical Jura Malt. The nose promises more than what comes afterwards. Notes of caramel, pickled cherries and dark chocolate.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  29. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  30. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Jura;

    A full-bodied blend with marzipan, walnuts and bitter chocolate.

    Every precious drop of this whisky is a memorable masterpiece. Matured in vintage casks, it has whispers of maraschino cherries, soft marzipan and liquorice, with hints of crushed walnuts and bitter chocolate for a rich, full bodied and flawless flavour. With the further flavour of citrus fruits cutting through, this is one memorable masterpiece.

  31. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Rich butterscotch, sherry, fruits, cream, deep woods.
    • Taste
      Old wood, chutney, toffee cream, some old leather.
    • Finish
      Like the other Jura whiskies I've tried, the bigger part of the finish is over all too soon but then a soft wisp lingers. The first part is a hearty oaky roll followed by lingering sherry. 

  32. ASWhisky scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      on a blooming summer meadow you take off your socks after a football match ... sweat and flowers, shriveled cherries
    • Taste
      Soft on then glue, dough, fruit, wood, Maggi
    • Finish
      Dark> Wood> Flowers and herbs> Currant> dry long <Forest honey> Fir needles> Wood
      Good finish

  33. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Syma but no more
    • Nose
      Like a tart caramel tart burnt
    • Taste
      Sweet, sweet
    • Finish
      Average

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