Review: Jura Superstition

Category: Island single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Isle of Jura Distillery

Bottling: Emperador; Whyte & Mackay

ABV: 40%

Cost: £35.95 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Islanders were a superstitious lot in the past. As a nod to them, and to our island home, still dotted with ancient stones and markings, we called this expression Superstition. When you raise a glass of this whisky, you’re raising a glass to the ancient ways of our island.

Colour

Deep mahogany with glistening golden highlights.

Nose

Light phenolic aromas with subtle nuances of honey and spice result in a sweet yet smoky delight.

Taste

The warmth of the tongue releases spice, honey, pine and peat.

Cask Finish

Superstition is aged in a selection of the finest ex-Bourbon casks to bring out spicy notes and subtle smokiness.

What I say:

For me the classic Jura expression: Superstition. A whisky that splits opinions almost as much as Jura distillery itself. On my journey of whisky discovery, Jura Superstition was one of the early supermarket bargain bottles I bought that I found simply un-put-down-able. A little like Cragganmore 12yo, one was never enough and I could sip a glass all night long too. Unfortunately my 1st bottle never got reviewed (before I started blogging) and I have struggled to return to this whisky due to the sheer mass of others in its way. Recently however I spotted a hauf-and-hauf gift pack in the supermarket of a 20cl bottle of Superstition, Jura branded glass and bottle of Fyne Ales Sanda Black beer – which was at an offer price I couldn’t refuse.

Colour:

Dark amber caramel (11/20),medium legs & slow medium tears

Nose:

Creamy & sweet, spiced nutmeg, toffee, caramel, red berry fruits/summer fruits, butterscotch, cereal malted barley, a touch of peat smoke, gristy, oaty biscuits and flapjacks, honey, hobnob biscuits, instant whip/cool whip

Taste:

Sweet & creamy, whipped vanilla cream with a light caramel sauce, crème brulee with a hint of orange oil/essence/peel, malty, toffee, creamy latte coffee or coffee made with evaporated or too much powdered milk

Finish:

Medium, toffee, honey, some spices, drying, nutmeg

Overall:

Despite all the toffee and vanilla – the overriding palate on this whisky reminds me of Chantilly cream on red berries. What’s not to like?

Score: 84/100

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