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Although, I do enjoy a tipple from time to time, I'm not a big whisky lover. Regardless of the quantity, I usually find the first sip to be like accidentally swallowing perfume (something that has actually happened when I've used it in an emergency to dry out a cold sore), as the night goes on it becomes more palatable which is usually regretted the next day. I was bought a 0.7l bottle of this single malt whisky by a good friend when my son was born. My wife had me last minute decorating while she was in hospital and he came over to lend a hand, several hours later and deep into the night, there was a collection of beer bottles and a 3/4 empty bottle of whisky laying in the room, only half the room had been decorated and both of us were feeling the effects of mixing our drinks and were now slouched in separate arm chairs dozing off. Our last attempt to reach a far flung corner of the ceiling had led to my friend somersaulting from a tip-toed position on a chair and knocking down a lamp in the process. We had decided to call it a night. The remote Western Hebridean island of Jura is famed for it's affordable single malts, Superstition is a young lightly peated malt whisky, not as strong on the tongue as Prophecy nor as aged as the 10 or 21 year poisons. I can't really claim to be a whisky connoisseur but people with more refined palates than my own, assure me that this is a good beginner whisky and one that is not too strongly flavoured. Some even complain of it's lack of flavour but I found the smokiness to be quite evident. It's bottle and box distinctly stylish with a prominent Ankh cross, add a touch of sophistication. My flat is a cramped place but I liked it so much that I kept the box and bottle for a long time before it finally met its maker in the form of one of my wife's spring-cleaning moods. There's a message on the back of the bottle citing that local tradition states that once the bottle is opened, it should be drank in one sitting. Passing this off for a marketing ploy to sell more bottles and considering our sozzled state at the time, I decided to dismiss it. Interestingly though, the next time we were to open it during a liquid lunch, myself, the colleague who had bought it and several of our other co-workers were to be made redundant. A coincidence or were the islanders right after all? At 43%, this is slightly stronger than average, initially harsh, it's so smoky that if you drink it inside, you risk breaking the smoking ban! At about £27, it's not too extortionate and is probably worth checking out, just make sure you drink it in one sitting!
A few days ago I reviewed the single malt whisky known as Jura. More specifically I reviewed the standard ten year old bottle of the stuff, back when I tried this around five years ago I was not overly impressed so decided I would not be buying any more Jura in the future. Then however I discovered that Jura also do a lightly peated version called Superstition and a heavily peated version called Prophecy. I actually have a bottle of Prophecy on the go at the moment, but this review is for the Superstition variety. I bought this one around two years ago as it was on offer at Tesco. So what is Jura Superstition like? Well as I mentioned it is lightly peated and it states this on the bottle. As I am a big fan of peaty whisky this instantly appealed to me, would it be an improvement on the original Jura which is far to sweet for me and not one I really like. Well first of all I will start with the colour, this is a little lighter than the 10 year version of the whisky, still darker than most though. Then the nose or smell of it. I was a little disappointed to get that same sweet aroma and very little peat coming through on the nose. The taste was again instantly sweet and very similar to the ten year, then that subtle not of peat smoke comes through, but it is very subtle indeed. There are other flavours in there that remind me of caramel and vanilla. The finish is smoother than the 10 year which is a good thing and you do get a little more peat, but again for me not quite enough. Superstition comes in at 43% so it is a little stronger than the ten year. When it comes to price you are usually looking at just over £30 although I got this one for £28 when it was on offer in Tesco. I do prefer this version to the original but for me it was to sweet once again. The reality is I just love the smoky peat of Islay whisky and this lightly peated version of Jura was just not enough for me. It was a nice change and I did not regret buying this one, but I don't think it will be one I will be buying again. If you enjoy the original Jura then this is one you should definitely give a try and at only a few pounds more it's not bad value.
Normally, I'd religiously stick to Glenfiddich for my single malt goodness. But doing my shopping the other night, I saw Jura Superstition on special offer, and just had to give it a try. I've had their 10 year old "original" single malt, and enjoyed it thoroughly, so thought I'd give this a go too. First things first, despite being a single malt, it doesn't tell you the age. I've been told by a Scottish friend that this means it is under 10 years old. Nevertheless, that doesn't district from the taste. But I'll get to that. Like I do with all whiskies, I'll review the bottle as well as the drink itself. Unlike some I have tried, it is just plain glass, with the name printed on the front. One would imagine then, that the folk at Jura have concentrated all their efforts on the taste. And you'd be right. The packaging says it is 'lightly peated', and you can definitely taste that when you put it to your lips. Heck, you can even smell it as you open the bottle. The smoke it talks about on the packaging is also present, I would imagine again it is from the type of cask used in the distillery. My only issue with it was that I got a small bottle. It didn't last very long!
The people of Jura are superstitious. From the prophecy of the one-eyed Campbell to an aversion to cutting peat before May, age-old island beliefs resonate to this day. Drawing on Jura's finest older malts and spring-peated younger whiskies, Jura Superstition is a tribute to the people, the traditions and the mystical heritage that make Jura island life unique. Colour - Deep intense mahogany with glittering sun rays Nose - Firm and positive, yet forcibly mellow. Strong accents of phenolic aromas. Rich, sensual nuances of honey and marzipan. Palate - Spice, honey, pine and peat aromas make a dramatic impact, the long years in oak casks have tempered and tamed this mystic spirit creating a long, lingering and tantalising aftertaste.