The second Isle Of Jura whisky from the new line up is Jura 10 Year Old which is not to be confused with the older and familiar Jura 10 Year Old Origin. The new 10 Year Old was already rolled out in the US late 2017 but now it’s part of the new line up globally.
The new Jura 10 Year Old was matured in ex-bourbon casks for 10 years before being finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks, so I think we should refer to it as ‘Jura 10 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish’ until the older 10 Year Old Origin is phased out from current stocks in shops.
Nose: Sweet fruit, peaches and nectarines, wafts of gentle smoke, creamy nuttiness. After a few minutes, vanilla, dried strawberries, lactic and toffee.
Palate: Sweet malt and smoke, vanilla and spices, caramel, nuts, citrus fruitiness and then oak bitterness.
Finish: Medium length, lingering sweet fruits, vanilla, oak bitterness, slightly peppery, dryness.
Thoughts: This is far nicer than Journey with the age and Oloroso finish play an important part in the overall profile of this whisky. Taking into account the slight price difference, I’d pick Jura 10 over Jura Journey.