The Tasting Panel are back with a bang and this time they were tasting two old vintages from Jura! A 1976 and a 30 year old yet to hit the open market. We wanted you to taste it first and you did. Find out what the first batch of our tasting panel thought of these high end whiskies! Coming to The Whisky Shop soon…
Luscious. Very gentle for its age but full of graceful classic Jura notes
Nose: Rich and deep. Massive amounts of flambéed banana and coffee grounds with a suble intrusion from mint imperials
Palate: Toffee and fudge mixed in with some orange. Very luxurious and well balanced. Definite underlying spice and some peppery heat
Finish: Long and gentle
Fabulous. Love the simplicity and naturalness of the whisky – my new favourite Jura
Nose: Zingy and lively. Full of fresh citrus notes.
Palate: Dry and bitter to begin. Becomes very hot and full of fudge in the mouth. This spirit has a real ‘hoppiness’ to it. Buttery
Finish: Dry and long
Dark gold in colour, is there any caramel colour added? I seriously hope not for a £350 bottle… Therefore I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and say that the rich dark golden colour mostly comes from a three year finish in Oloroso Sherry butts from Gonzalez Byass.
The nose is exciting, there’s good hints of Jura distillery character but beefed up with spiced apple and pair tones along with the mixed autumn fruits of the sherry finish along with melon and figs.
Slightly spicy on the palate, especially when held on the tongue for a long while where stronger wood notes come through backed up by sherry fruity tones. It’s thick, full and mouth coating.
The finish is slightly subtle at first (which you’d want from an old whisky), but it’s long with the sweet sherry fruits sticking around, raisins, figs and subtle hints of smoke.
A classy and enjoyable whisky that I’m chuffed to try, but I wouldn’t pay £350 for it, it’s more like a £120 bottle in my mind and even at that I’d buy something else.
For me the great older Jura spirit has been slightly spoiled by too much sherry stamping on it, and that’s coming from a man who loves sherried drams, but in this case I think it’s mismatched, 2 years rather than 3 on the finish may have worked better for me, but I can see that some people would totally love this.
Light golden orange in colour. This was originally matured in three first fill bourbon casks before being finished in a ruby port pipe for 12 months.
The initial smell is not quite so in your face Jura as younger house expressions can be, which is a nice start to this old man of a whisky. There are plenty of good oak notes here backed up by sweet vanillary back notes.
On the palate the Jura character shows its head more, and the woody notes, although present, don’t appear as strongly as the nose may suggest, in fact they’re perfectly balanced. The mouth feel is full and oily, and the palate is extremely smooth.
There’s a rich fruity long finish that hugs your chest with the subtle warmth of a dying sun on a summers eve and leaves those beautiful wood notes lingering for a long while. Left in the glass is a definite whiff of smoke.
I’ve always heard that Jura is best when well aged, and this is a perfect example of just that, it’s a magnificent dram that I’m most honoured to try.
It’s £600 a bottle. Is it worth that? Well, if you have a spare £600, have nothing to do with it and you’re a Jura fan then this may well be for you. Otherwise (in my opinion) it’s not worth the money, I’m not sure how good something would have to be to get me to part with that kind of money. If I had £600 I’d buy something else. If I still had a spare £600 when other things were obtained (Port Ellen or Brora), then I’d jump at a bottle of this, because it really is awesome stuff, it’s just a shame some of their younger stuff doesn’t quite show the intrinsic quality that is so obvious here.
If money is no object then this dram is well into the 90′s in score.
It just keeps getting better and better its well worth waiting 30 years for and it has the notes you would expect from jura but there is no peat which is a big plus and out of a sherry cask just what i like, can not wait for its release but it will most probably be out of my price range hope its not would love a bottle or two.
Straight away the sherry cask comes through with a touch of orange in the back ground
The orange is there with liquorice and toffee and some sweet notes from the sherry cask
Very warm and smooth and it is very smooth I have to say if you get chance to get a bottle you will be more then happy with it its one of the best i have ever had
Colour: Pale Gold
Nose: A light yet forward sweetness with grape and stone fruits.
Taste:Bittersweet. Delicate pastry. Winey. Cucumber.
Palate: A rigid tannin subsides to a long creaminess.
With water: Nose becomes very pleasant with orange & lemon continues into the taste along with milky custard.
Jura 30 year old
Colour: Deep burnished gold.
Nose: Sweet, chocolate and nougat, salt, caramel and smoke.
Taste: Starting grapefruity herbal cigarettes (ahem!) / cat pee and ending with a farmyard note and digestive biscuit, salt and caramel. There is a hard to define but forward rich fruitiness and banana. Finishing with demerera sugar.
Palate: Very long and soft.
With water: Nose is lighter and more lemon/lime, as is the taste. A slight bitterness is introduced and the palate is much lighter in the finish.
Jura 1977 -
Nose ; Vanilla with overtones of dried fruit.
Palate ; Slight rich coffee hints , but surprisingly not too sweet.
Finish ; Smooth , but surprisingly for the age of the whisky not lingering.
Overall ; Not overly impressed considering the age and price point , but the dram improved with a dash of water.
Jura 30 Year Old -
Nose ; Immediate sweetness with tropical fruit overtones.
Palate ; Rich honey , toffee apples , fruit cake etc.
Finish ; A richly coloured dram with a long, smooth lingering warmness – very moreish.
Overall ; Beautiful balanced dram , best drunk neat.
A blush of pink. Think rose gold.
Nose This was laid down in the same year as we saw the destruction of the first Death Star and this nose is also from a galaxy far away. Peppermint lightness gives way to toffee ice cream and maple syrup. You can tell it has been in the cask for just the right time, the edges are taken off but it is far from dull. Leather and a tiny hint of smoke.
Palate Tropical fruits from the offset with passion fruit coming to the front. This mellows to the softest creamiest fudge. It coats the mouth and sets the taste buds This is a really classy malt.
Finish Slightly astringent with a strong aniseed flavour and smoke appears from out of nowhere.
Overall this is right up there with the greats. In today’s market £600 doesn’t seem so crazy for a whisky that could be seen as a game changer for Jura
Thanks for letting me try the 77 it was a treat. It gave my all time favourite the bunny 34 a real run for its money. I’ll certainly be taking the ferry across next time we go to Islay.