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Jura Tastival 2016

51% ABV - Isle of Jura, Scotland

Nose: If you want to nose a sweet and dark fruity dram – this is it. Sultana raisin, cinnamon, cherry candies,... this one is a proverbial sherry bomb.

Taste: Upfront I’m met with raisins, chocolate and toffee. It’s complex and there are lots of flavours to swim through. Mulled wine spices, pepper, citrus, and brown sugar sprinkled all over.

Finish: Chocolate mixed with coffee or tea, and peppery. Raisin and cherry flavours dry.

This is a powerful spirit and has barely changed since I opened it five months ago. I’ve had a few bottles change with the oxidation–some for the good, some for the bad… but not this one.

Jura will be changing their core range expressions later this year, so I’m wishing for these wonderful releases to continue!

Tasted 19 April 2018.

[Update: December 2020] This continues to be remembered as one of my favourite whiskies. In particular, the first day I opened it... my (now wife) took me on a surprise vacation to Whistler, BC. It was mid-November and the ski season was not in full season. We just wandered the main streets and enjoyed the quiet together. Quite memorable! But I digress... I once had the chance to buy this again and I didn't take it, and now I regret it!

92/100
Detailed Rating Information...

90+: Fantastic whisky; highly recommended. My favourite whiskies. I might have more than one bottle if the price is right and the supply is limited! The higher values in this range will reflect a stronger balance and consistency between components.
85-89: Great whisky; recommended. Whiskies that really tick the flavour boxes and you'll likely hear about these from me. Good purchase decision—I would consider buying again.
80-84: Very good whisky; recommended, but still consider trying before you buy. Anything is this range or above I would order at a restaurant or make a calculated purchase decision.
75-79: Good whisky; consider trying before you buy. These are whiskies that I enjoyed drinking, but likely would reach for another bottle from the shelf or select something different to order.
65-74: Average; consider trying before you buy, but not recommended. There is nothing that stood out about this whisky and I might be inclined to add ice, mix it with soda, or use it in a cocktail, instead of trying to enjoy its own flavours.
50-64: Bad; not recommended.


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