Review: Isle of Jura 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Matured in ex-bourbon casks for 12 years and finished in oloroso casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Jura (Craighouse, Scotland)

This Jura is matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry barrels, made from a mixture of peated and non-peated whiskies.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2019

The whisky has a nice mix of bright pear, soft smoke, malt, and canned peaches – with a nice touch of minerality and baking spice. Vanilla, dried tropical fruit, and a bit of banana lend increasing complexity. The palate leads with more smoke, burning leaves, green chickpeas, and some nice clove. I’m getting a touch of rubber, throughout. It’s very nice as it balances the smoke nicely with the fruit - the finish has smoke, green apple, light tobacco, tannins and a touch of tar. The smoke builds on the finish over time – nicely.

Pretty great as a casual medium-smoky dram.

Highly Recommended (49% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $75.