Product Type: Jura Vodka
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Good Quality Malt - set apart from the others
Jura - 10 Year Old
Member Name: areajohn
Jura - 10 Year Old
Advantages: Good taste, nice history and good to mellow out with
Disadvantages: The box dosnt fit into a standard bottle bag
10 year old Jura
This is one of my favourite single Malt Whiskeys and comes from the Isle of Dura which is populated by about 200 people called Diurach's (people from Jura) and a distillery. The origins of this distillery date back to 1810 but previous to that Whiskey is said to have been distilled on the island for many years before that. Jura really came into its own from the 1950's onwards when the, by then, out dated distillery was given a new lease of life. This particular 10 year old won the Silver award at the 2010 IWSC Awards.
The different whiskeys from Dura have symbolism on the label, this particular one denotes "birth" and signifies the rebirth of the distillery. The bottle is a distinctive shape unlike most Malt whiskeys which favour the traditional whiskey bottle style.
To the most important part, Jura should be sipped neat and or over ice. I personally prefer ice in my drink as I am not keen on warm spirits unless they come in the form of a hot toddy. As such to relax with a malt and take your time allows the ice to melt and you obtain a different level of taste each time you take a sip.
Jura 10 year old has a slightly sweet taste which is akin to honey or caramel and you can taste the suggestion of oak from the barrels it is mellowed in. There is the obvious alcoholic taste but this does not burn or is harsh in any way. I feel a warmth as I drink it and find it is a relaxing drink with good company. This is as far as my pallet takes me with this drink but apparently tastes such as coffee beans and soft liquorice can be tasted according to Jura's website. Personally I do not taste these when sipping the drink but probably glad that I don't.
A standard bottle in its cardboard packaging can cost up to £28 however I don't think I have ever paid more than £22. Waitrose had this 10 year old for sale for £21.99 only last week as a special. Most of the time the 10 year old can be found cheaper than the standard bottle of Jura.
The packaging makes the bottle good to wrap as a gift although be careful if you're thinking of a bottle bag as it won't fit the smaller ones. The packaging is very square.
For an extra bargain you can go onto the Jura website and sign up for emails which then allows you to become a "Honorary Diurach". This is registered at the distillery and special offers are sent out to all those that sign up. As a bit of fun they also give you your very own Diurach name and certificate
This is a very good single malt that has a distinctive taste and bottle. It helps to set it apart from the "run of the mill" malts and the taste - dependent what you add - is one to be savoured. A good quality malt for not a lot if you shop around.
Summary: Good malt with an excellent pedigree
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