I recently went through a lot of Jura (makes me sound like an alcoholic, doesn’t it?), drafting up tasting notes and pulling together some thoughts. Many expressions were vast improvements over what I recall from past years/editions, but I found that several of the young ones, in particular, really sparkled for a variety of reasons made clear in those individual reviews.
As I started to work my way through the range I built up a modicum of excitement that some of the older editions would be great. These preconceptions are never, ever, a good idea. This 200th anniversary edition 21 year old Jura was just such a case in point.
Sadly, excepting a brilliant and home-y leather note I fell in love with on the nose, the rest of the components fell a little flat or outright disappointed. I liked the overall nose enough at first, but the longer it sat in the glass, the less appeal I found. Maybe that’s just me. (note to self…drink faster…don’t let whisky sit for long).
So…some news, both good and bad. The bad? That an aged malt, with a heftier price tag than many others, is not all that great a dram. The good? That you can get some younger Isle Of Jura releases that are great and are much more pocketbook friendly. This 21 ain’t a bad whisky. I’m just saying you take your money in a slightly different direction with this distillery and opt for one of the great Boutique Barrels expressions. Neat stuff there.
Nose: Opens up with a nose rich in leather and deep ribbons of caramel. Lots of caramel. Quite floral. Some burnt cinnamon. Dried (very dried) fruits. Quite a decent nose really. Unmistakably Jura, but somewhat slightly flawed.
Palate: Rather sharp and bitter. Salty. Almost acrid. Grains are big. Dries rather quickly.
81 score is primarily on strength of the nose. Unfortunately this one kinda falls down when it comes to the palate. Needs much time to open.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt