Isle of Jura 16-year-old

Bought – Justminiatures, 2nd May 2014

90.5/100 – Whisky Bible (2014)
82.29/100 – Whiskybase (average from 162 member votes)

In the Whisky Bible 2009 the Jura 16yo scored 80/100. And back in 2006 it was only really the older Jura bottlings (21 years and over) that scored in the 90s. Since then the Isle of Jura distillery has dragged itself into the 21st century with the Elements range, Superstition, Prophecy and Elixir. All rather pretentious-sounding but they’re not the only ones in the whisky world to do this. It’s the modern way of making whisky sound more alluring.

It wasn’t many years ago that Jura were a budget malt where there wasn’t much difference in price between their standard release and a supermarket’s own range of malts. Clearly Jura have started to turn this around. The Whisky Bible 2014 gives the Jura Elements, ‘Earth’ and ‘Fire’ scores of 89/100 and 86.5/100 respectively, and the Prophecy scores 90.5/100. The quality is now there in their range, and with the standard 10-year-old also improving, prices have started to creep up. Nevertheless Jura still offers reasonable value for money (for now!). But they need to justify this by ensuring the new improved quality is maintained.

Here’s Jo of Whisky Wednesday with his review on You Tube (June 2014):

Jura 16yo 5cl

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