Review: Isle of Jura 18 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

ABV
44%
Aging
Matured in ex-bourbon casks for 18 years and finished in Bordeaux wine casks
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Jura (Craighouse, Scotland)

Now how about the 18?


Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2019

Gorgeous nose. Quite elegant – beautiful fruit, stewed apples, apricot preserves, almonds, and with a touch of smoke. After a great nose, the palate doesn’t measure up, being pretty dominated by smoke and losing some of the resolution of complexity from the nose – but it regains it on the finish which mixes light peat, smoke, with stewed fruit (apple, pear, apricot) is great. It has a bit of sweet tart (the candy), always an odd character in whisky I find – I’ve only found it in appreciable quantities in some old bowmores.

This nearly was ranked a notch up, but the palate just isn’t quite there. Still, a fantastic dram.

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

Value: Low, at $150.