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Scanning through my previous reviews, you'd be forgiven for assuming that all I do is go on holiday and drink beer. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sometimes I don't go on holiday, and sometimes I drink other things...like whisky. I'm not a big whisky drinker mind you, in fact I have to say that until a few years ago I detested the stuff and couldn't even bear the smell of it. All that's changed now though and I've developed a bit of a taste for 'the cratur'. With this in mind, I've been experimenting with some of the many different whiskies available ( it's nice to have a hobby) and one which I've actually returned to is Isle of Jura 10 year Old Single Malt. The Jura distillery didn't actually open until 1810, although the people of Jura (or Diurachs as they were known) were allowed to distil whisky for their own personal consumption until this practise was banned in 1781. However, the distillery soon fell into decline. In the 1960s two local estate owners rebuilt the distillery which, along with the island, has continued to flourish. They distil four malts, Superstition, Diurach's Own, Prophecy and this one, Origin, as well as a collection of limited editions. As the name might suggest, Origin is the 10 year old malt that started it all off. In fact the symbol on the bottle is the Celtic symbol for birth, beginning and the forces of nature...apparently. Or as they so eloquently state on their website: "It tells of a passion rekindled, a distillery reborn and a remarkable whisky forged by turbulent seas and windswept landscapes". Hmm. Meanwhile... A Glesca burd walks into the local dry cleaners. She places a Garment on the counter. "Ah'll be back ra morra efternin tae pick up ma dress." She says. "Come again?" says the clerk, cupping his ear. "Naw" she replies. "This time it's mayonnaise." Back to the start... Origin pours a warm, golden honey colour, slightly dark but deeply lustrous. The aroma is light and delicate with a fresh citrus tone and soft malty qualities. There's a little hint of wet grass and a smidgeon of aniseed with an even smaller trace of peatiness. As on the nose, the taste is again light and delicate. Soft and creamy, there's a warm oak flavour, innuendoes of honey and caramel, soft chewy liquorice and an overall roastiness. There's a thin slice of citrus and a surpisingly grain of saltiness. It finishes long and warm with peppery spiciness. The Verdict I like it. I'm no conos...expert on whisky, malt or blended, but I like the smooth, creamy and subtle flavours of this whisky. It's not fierce or fiery, yet at the same time you know you're drinking a proper grown up drink. It's quite easy to sip slowly on this and let the flavours linger on your palate. You can snag this in Asda for £23 a bottle which is decent value in the malt whisky stakes. Would I drink it again? - Jurabsolutely right I would! ©proxam2012
I have been drinking whisky for around ten years now. In that time I have developed my own taste and hence now have my own personal favourites when it comes to whisky. I tend to prefer Islay single malts, if you know anything about whisky you will release this means I enjoy whisky with a peat flavour and a hint of smoke. There are literally hundreds of different whiskies to choose from and they range massively in price. You can pick up a bottle of single malt whisky for around £20 or you can spend literally thousands on a bottle of whisky. When you visit the supermarket you are usually presented with a small selection of single malt whiskies. These tend to be the more popular names and they are relatively cheap in price in comparison to some others. One that you very often see in the supermarkets is Jura. This is a very well known whisky and one that many people enjoy. Jura is actually the name of a small island of the West coast of Scotland. The Jura distillery is the only one on the island and hence lends it's name to this whisky. The distillery here has been in business for almost 200 years and has a rich history. Jura produce several different varieties of their whisky but the standard ten year one is the most popular and also the cheapest. So how does the ten year Jura taste. Well to be perfectly honest I hate the stuff. But that is just my own personal opinion. I bought a bottle of this as it was on offer and I had never tried it before. There is nothing wrong with the whisky it is just not to my taste. The whisky has a hint of oak and honey and also notes of caramel. It is described as being very mellow although I don't agree with that. The whisky has a very dark colour to it. I do quite like the bottle and the box it comes in. It's very short and squat and the box is an unusual shape. This will not matter to some people but I collect the boxes and display them on a shelf so I quite like the fact that the Jura box is a little bit different to all the others. Price wise you are usually looking at around £25 for this one, although I picked it up for just under £20 when it was on special offer. So if you do enjoy this type of whisky then it is pretty good value. As I said there is nothing wrong with this whisky it is just not to my personal taste. If you like oak flavour and a honey finish then you may enjoy this whisky. They also do a few other different bottles which are also pretty good value and may be more to some people's taste. Overall for me though Jura just does not quite do it. This sadly is not one I will be buying next time it comes down in price.
'On an island just 7 miles wide and 30 miles long, there is but one road, one hotel and one Whiskey distillery. 2010 is a particularly special year for the Isle of Jura Distillery as they will celebrate there 200th anniversary' The main problem with being a fan of Whiskey without a great deal of money is that it's a particularly expensive habit if you want to take it seriously. That's why it's incredibly important to find a relatively cheap bottle of whiskey that tastes like it really should be a hell of a lot more expensive than it is. The other problem with being a fan of whiskey is that it's very easy to take steps up the ladder in regard to quality but it's extremely impossible to then be willing to take steps back down again afterwards. Once you start drinking quality aged whiskey it's very difficult to then go back to drinking cheap mainstream young supermarket fare. For these reasons I like to reccomend Juras 10 year old single malt because from my limited experience it's a medium priced whiskey that tastes like it should be about twice the price. It's Whiskey made to be drank straight which isn't to say that it isn't tasty with a mixer also but it's so smooth and so accessible even to someone not that familiar with single malt whiskey. It's medium bodied and smooth, sweet, a hint of smoke and very mild, easy drinking with a sweet palate. This is the Whiskey I ask people to buy me for my birthday or Christmas. It's affordable but still feels like an indulgence. The presentation is also fantastic, both the bottle and the box it comes in is presentation at it's finest, so good in fact that you feel almost guilty opening it and then again when you drink it. None of this is to say that this is by any means a perfect Single Malt Whiskey because it isn't. I simply believe for the price it's outstanding. I've enjoyed far better bottles but not for just over £20 I haven't. Taking everything into account this is a four star Whiskey. However with my current financial standing it definately becomes a five star Whiskey and if you love your single malts and want to buy a bottle for around this price then I cannot recomend this enough.
The Isle of Jura is a samll island in the Hebrides off the West coast of Scotland separated from its much better known neighbour, the Isle of Islay, by a narrow straight, barely half a mile across, known as the Sound of Islay. Both islands have a long history of producing great scotches, this being the bi-centenial year for the Jura Distillery. Jura boasts just one distillery but boy, does it deliver. The Jura 10 year old single malt which I have just had the pleasure and privilege of sampling is however very different from any I have tasted from Islay. The Jura is an exceptionally smooth, light whisky with a delicate, subtle flavour but with a powerful enough aroma and just a sufficient hint of smokiness to titillate one's nose and palate. From the first sip the excellent quality captivated me and it required a not inconsiderable degree of self control to avoid demolishing the contents of the bottle at one sitting. Fortunately common sense prevailed and I was able to savour this nectar over a period of a couple of weeks, sharing some with the donor, this bottle being a birthday gift. I can't wait for next year to come round if the treat is likely to be repeated. Finally, please don't spoil this beautiful scotch, add nothing bar a splash of water, if you must. You would probably expect to pay around £30 for this 40 per cent quality single malt in a supermarket but if you shop on line it can be much cheaper. I've just read that this delectable tipple is available for less than £20, but the report failed to say from where! PLEASE let me know.
Brand: Isle of Jura / Type: Whisky / ABV: 40%