I’ve always been a Single Malt Scotch drinker; however, I classify 2020 as the year I drank/ventured more into American Whiskey than ever before. Wanting a little bit more of that Islay Peat after the Bruichladdich tasting, I picked up this bottle at the very affordable price of $34.99. I’ve always been a fan of Jura and at this price, who could resist.
Nose: vanilla, spices, and light smoke
Palate: cinnamon, toffee, salt, green apple and pecans
Finish: creamy, lightly smoke and sweet
This bottle is their entry level expression that was relaunched in 2018. Most of this was due to the hiring of Gregg Glass previously with Compass Box. I speak more about Jura and their other expressions on other blog posts. Check my archives to read more.
I had not tried this expression before and in reading about it, I found many negative reviews about this whisky online. Honestly, I disagree with them about this bottle of Jura. I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you go into this whisky forgetting that it’s an entry level and are expecting it to blow your mind… be prepared to be disappointed.
This whisky is not revolutionary, but it is still pretty darn good. It’s creamy, lightly sweet, with light smokey notes. It’s one of drams where the smoke is perfectly balanced without it being too overwhelming. I mean it has it all, fruit, sweetness and smoke all harmoniously working together for a delicious sip.
At this cost, you also can’t go wrong. It be a great gift if you are on a budget but also for those who enjoy a dram that’s not too smoky.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.