Jura

Jura Seven Wood (42%, OB, 2018)

Jura Seven Wood

Whisky Review

  • Category: Island single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Jura distillery
  • Bottling: OB
  • ABV: 42%
  • Cost: £54.89
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Image courtesy of Master of Malt

What they say

Ingeniously crafted from seven different oak types for a multi-layered flavour

A remarkable ingenuity defines the people of Jura; an ability to reimagine and reinvent that has allowed our Distillery and its working community to thrive. Such vision has brought to life this complex single malt – a fitting tribute to our Master Blender’s skill – having been shaped by seven separate Oak woods: first-fill ex-bourbon American White Oak, Vosges, Bertranges, Jupilles, Allier, Tronçais & Limousin barrels.

Official tasting notes:

  • COLOUR Mahogany gold
  • NOSE An aromatic fusion of coffee, ginger spice and a hint of milk chocolate
  • TASTE Caramelised peach, chewy liquorice and candied orange with a hint of sea-spray and smoke

What I say

Door #20 of the Drinks by the dram Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar.

In 2018 Jura distillery revamped their entire range, producing the new Signature Series of Malts in which this Seven Wood sits. A bold move erasing their Superstition expression one of the best selling bottles of single malt.

This expression is made from a whole series of Casks made of either American white oak,ex-Bourbon or possibly ex-Sherry and French oak from 6 of the forests, possibly ex wine casks each with varying properties. From the outset this sounds like a dumping ground for any random barrel in the warehouse that they’ve then tried to dress up as somehow special due to its use of so many different types of essentially ex French wine casks. I’d have been more impressed if they had called it Two Wood (i.e. American & French) despite it then sounding like a golf club. Perhaps Balvenie’s anti-New zealand Doublewood campaign dissuaded them? Presented without age statement.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Burnished copper (11/20), rounded, medium tears with fine legs.
  • Nose: Closed, musty oak wood, toffee, nutty, brazil nut, pecan, quite neutral-sweet, brown toast, some citrus clementine, with fresher candyfloss or strawberry marshmallow.
  • Taste: Medium-bodied, buttery, watery caramel, lemon citrus, light toffee, spiced nutmeg, nutty, spicy, tannic oak wood, peppermint.
  • Finish: Medium, spiced and tannic, watery caramel, slightly off/musty nut flavour.

Overall

A little disappointing, the nose seemed OK but hardly worth it after that. It was hard to place any defined flavours and the whole thing seemed quite watery/watered-down in flavour. I think my expectations were met here and this seems to be the bin-end or infinity bottle for Jura’s leftover, random and mostly worn-out casks.

Score 67/100

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