Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Single Malt Savings: Isle of Jura 10yr

So this week is a fabulous offer from Heston’s acolytes at Waitrose, the Isle of Jura 10yr on a massive 20% reduction!

Now, I don’t know about you, (well some of you perhaps) but this is one of those whiskies that my friends and I always talk about. After we have chucked another log on the fire, sitting outside, having finished waxing lyrical about school, festivals, japes, pranks and hi-jinks the whisky comes out. This is one of those bottles where we always say: “Have you tried it?”

That is a hugely important question, for me this is a benchmark whisky and there’s no better way to describe than in the distilleries’ own words; “deliciously delicate, yet robust.”

The nose is sweet, but spicy with wood and oils in there along with some citrus notes. In this whisky the different scents can be hard to put your finger on and separate from each other, it smells wonderful, but perhaps lacks a bit of definition.

On the palate there are some sweet aspects; toffee and caramel along with some peat and oakey wood. However, it also has a big splash of saltiness that does take over in the finish drowning out some of the finer notes. The taste does linger nicely and it is fabulously mellow with no burn whatsoever.

I truly love this whisky and I’m pretty conscious of the fact it’s coming across in a big way. It just has so much flavour, but is so delicate; it goes down a treat especially after a bottle of red or a few pints of ale when you don’t want (or are unable) to think too much. This isn’t the most serious or complicated whisky, it’s really nice, but a drinker not a keeper.

So, if you want to make yourself a £6.20 saving get yourself down to your local Waitrose by 22/05 to grab a bottle for £24.80!

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