I am quite certain that some distilleries can do no wrong. Whatever they release seems to be quality, delicious spirit that is utterly enjoyable whatever they did with it in the process of making it into the end product. One such distillery that seems to breed distilling perfection is the Jura Distillery. Out of the numerous single malts that I have tried from their range I can not fault any of them; all are complex, some lively, some smooth, some with the right amounts of smoke, some with fruit etc. Jura were on to a winning formula!
However, this year marks the launch of a complete overhaul and new series of releases from the Jura Distillery. Many of the favourite expressions are being discontinued to make way for a new age of whisky from the distillery. My first question is can these new single malts compare to the old, tried and tested whiskies? Will Jura still live up to its reputation?
I think to answer this question we will have to work through the range and see if Jura can repeat their success.
The Jura Journey expression is the entry level whisky in the new series. Surely if this one is good they can only get better as you work up into the rest of the bottlings!? It is an ageless bottling that promises fruity notes with a background smokiness and a delicate aroma.
The colour of the whisky is pleasant, a kind of amber hue with a slight nectarine pigment. Fairly oily in the glass with long legs. Similar perhaps to the diurachs own in behaviour?
On the nose there are deep fruity whiffs with a smokiness in the background. There is a subtle floral aroma that lingers after a while but it is by no means the biggest hitter. Think slightly overdone fruit cobbler.
There are really apparent flavours of vanilla on the palate, these are accompanied with a mixture of shortcake, lemon sorbet, hazelnuts and burnt currants from a fruit pudding.
Smokiness lingers in the finish and there are woody citrus notes spattering on the way down.
This is a lively expression, not similar to any one of the original Jura expressions but offers something new to the taste buds. There are characteristics reminiscent of the Jura predecessors but this new kid on the block is merely a salute to its history.
I would recommend this whisky, it is easy to appreciate, has pleasant aromas and is smooth. You can find it in supermarkets around the £30 mark so it won’t break the bank. You can also find it in half bottles if you don’t want to commit to the full bottle.
Cheers and Slainte!