Saturday, February 11, 2017

Whisky Review: Jura Origin 10 years Single Malt Scotch

If Johnnie Walker Black was a fellow, he would be a young, lean, angular jawed, recent MBA grad, full of ambition with his career mapped out in exhaustive Montblanc detail on a coffee shop napkin, should you care to ask.

Got an expensive car lease that you impulsively plunged into during the sunny honeymoon period with your ex-gf, and now you are desperate to escape?  Johnnie actually knows someone, who knows someone, who wants that overpriced and unreliable German automotive piece of revenge, launched against us because our grandfathers won the War. After a flurry of texts, email, and countless lattes, you will find yourself released from indentured service to Mercedes Benz Finance and your bank's hate charges!

Seated next to Johnnie, in a gray Philadelphia Eagles poncho is Craig, or more precisely Cragganmore 12, and he likes fishing, Coors Light and football.  He's gotta theory on every football play, player and coach, and you will listen because he is so convincing, that you actually think the Philadelphia Eagles have a shot at winning the NFC East.  The guy is a guy's guy!  Has an interesting opinion on everything from Ford truck lift kits to why Trump will really make America great again!

And sitting across from these two characters at the coffee shop/ bookstore, hunting ground for a Friday night date, is Jura.  He's got the J.Crew catalogue thing goin' on a little too much with the green merino wool v-neck, the golf ball white Brooks Brothers buttondown underneath, and of course khakis, all on a Friday night.  Are we in church or trying to meet ladies in a coffee shop?  C'mon Mr. Rogers, just for once don't be a CB!!!

What can I tell you about Jura?  He's an honest fella.  I mean frugal, holy shit is he cheap, but hey that is his money and I guess he has a right to handle his finances as he sees fit, but damn, a 25 cent tip guarantees us stares from the waitress that are colder than February's icicles lining the metal awning outside.

Single Malt Scotch

Very reasonable.

Island, Isle of Jura to be specific.

10 years

Cork stopper


Production Note
Aged exclusively in ex-bourbon casks, unpeated.

E150a Color?

Nose (undiluted)
Banana, Cream, honey sweetness, faint floral notes.

Palate (undiluted)
Creamy, banana, oak, melon, honey, coconut and white cake bread.  Faint marine/dulse note.  Even though the malt is not peated, maybe the peat in the water supply of this distillery makes its' presence here.

Finish (undiluted)
Tight green apple, slightly acidic green pepper, unripened melon, bitter lemon seed and orange pith.

General Impressions
Jura delivers the goods for the price.

He is not cheating you.

For what you paid, you got decent value.

Yes, you are not being wowed, a crowd of college girls are not going to surround you in awe, your friend is not Highland Park 18, but your friend is a nice guy, who by turns can be a little taciturn.  I mean he is not open to accept some sherry casks and peat into his personality.  Need I say more?  He would be more charismatic if he incorporated some peat and sherry into his characted.  As a friend you accept his risk-averse nature for it is, a decent character who by turns is a little bitter, but his acidic and wry observations are kinda endearing.  The guy is deep.  He listens to Maria Callas, so he just has to tell the ladies, and resist the urge to inform them that we all have gfs!


Jason Debly


  1. Now thats a review . .

    This is something I often drink and fully accept and agree with the description.

    Must be about to be changed or rebranded as currently clearing in many stores here in the UK at £16 per bottle (about $19.50 usd $26.50 Cnd)

    Been stocking up.

    1. I have found Jura this time to be a lot better than say ten years ago. At the price, it is worth grabbing a few bottles for sure.

      Thank you for commenting.


  2. G'day Jas.
    Better than the Superstition?
    AL (from OZ)

    1. No, not at all. Superstition is better for sure. The one flaw of This 10 yr old is the very lemony, bitter orange pith note on the finish. Some people may not like that. I can overlook it and somehow it is not so annoying given the cheap price of it where I live.

      Hope all is well!

  3. Yep.. All Good thanks mate. Damn busy at work... I'll never be out of a job though..(work at a large coastal Sewer Treatment Plant) Ha ha!! Nearly $ 80 down here for it... I'll pass.
    I'm building up a stock pile for the winters tastings.
    Ardbeg Uig. (daughter got it in Melbourne)
    Oban 14
    Kilchoman Machir Bay
    Bulleit Bourbon 10yr (second bottle)
    Bruichladdich Islay Barley (half empty... love it.)
    I know you've had the first 2.. what about the bottom 3 ??

    OO ROO


    1. I have never tried Kilchoman, so can't venture an opinion on it.

      Bruichladdich is a distillery that seems to be constantly experimenting with interesting releases. Some are home runs like a malt I tried one time that they aged in ex-Italian wine casks (Barolo and Barbareso!) that was incredible. Other offerings have simply baffled me.

      I have not tried the Islay Barley, but with your recommendation I will seek it out.


    2. I forgot to mention Bulleit Bourbon. Good stuff for sure and usually reasonably priced!

  4. Jura 10 is what my parents usually have in the cupboard. Used to think it was a bit 'meh', but last time I noticed there was a real honeyed thing going on, and enjoyed it. I got my dad the 16, but nobody liked it (could have been an off bottle)?

    1. Jura used to be not long ago, really unexceptional, but lately they have turned things around a bit. I have not had the 16, so can't say much.

      There are single malts that simply are not very good. A prime example is a bottle of Tobermory 15 years. Just terrible stuff. Sulphur like and my bottle was not the only one. A friend of mine bought the same bottle and his tasted equally bad. A well distributed disappointing malt is Highland Park 10 years. As much as I like Highland Park distillery, I really dislike the 10.

      Thanks for commenting!