What a difference 6 years makes! Last week I reviewed Jura 16, the 16 year old Single Malt whisky from the isle of Jura. That was a very viscous fruity smelling, caramel and vanilla delight. Jura 10 is a different character entirely. Don’t let the bottle fool you, this whisky is a total departure from its grown up brother. That said, was it bad? No, is a matter of fact there were several very appealing aspects to it that I think make this dram stand on its own against its longer aged brethren…
This whisky reminded me of the ocean. Like being on a rocky coast on a very cold and wet day, and taking a deep breath. Within that breath you get flavors of salt, seaweed, stone, and a smell that can only be described as oceanic. It kind of combines the other smells and flavors and adds sea foam, crustations, and fish, specifically rotting fish. Now I know this might sound unpleasant, but it really was a nice, easy drinking dram.
Unlike the 16, the Jura 10 has a very light, almost watery mouthfeel. When you swirl it in the glass it does leave legs, but they are quite a bit lighter and less pronounced then they were on the 16. I think it is because of this light mouthfeel and a smooth and mellow finish that makes this whisky so easy to drink.
The flavors are from the sea, and remind me of the Oregon coast on a gray day. It first hits the palate with a brininess that reminds me of the juice inside a fresh oyster. It then has a touch of seaweed, like on your favorite Sushi roll, and then finishes with a touch of smoky flavor like a smoked salmon, giving way to a mild burn that lasts only a few seconds just to remind you that there is indeed alcohol in there.
This 80 proof whisky is thin and briney, and musty, and wonderful. I really enjoyed it. It was vastly different from the Jura 16 which I enjoyed very much too, but in a totally different way. This is a far more reasonably priced whisky too, and about $40 American. So if you see it, I say pick it up and let the flavors whisk you away to your favorite ocean.