Single malt whisky - tasting notes

28 Jul 2014

Jura Origin

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Jura

Jura Origin is the base malt from this distillery. It is 10 years old and aged in ex-bourbon casks.

 

Jura Origin 10 Years OldJura 10 yo ‘Origin’
(40%, OB 2014)

Nose: a malty sweetness up front, with hints of caramel and baked apples. Some honey and toffee. Also drier notes, say dry leaves and hay, as well as a little musty oak. Relatively young but decent complexity already. After a while there’s a subtle orange blossom note coming through. Mouth: some fudge and sweet barley again. Quite creamy and pretty smooth. Oranges and other – hardly defined – fruits. Honey. A faint salty edge. Not bad, but the main problem is a lack of punch. With most competitors already at 46% ABV (or at least 43%), this comes across as a watered down whisky. Finish: not too long. Hints of honey and ginger. Also a slightly harsh, grainy note.

Although I didn’t publish notes, I tried this one before, in my early days of whisky discovery. I didn’t like it. Now either I’ve changed (probably, yes) or they’ve improved quite a bit (on which other people seem to agree). Either way this is now a decent entry-level single malt… which shoots itself in the foot by adding so much water. Around € 30.

Score: 78/100

Jura Origin 2 Ruben Luyten 2014-07-28
  • Ricardo

    Do you think this would have scored higher with 46% or 48% abv?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Definitely. The flavours in itself are nice, but they’re watered down too much.

  • Glenn Vanbellingen

    A good example is the 12 y elexir at 46% , this one i a step up in comparison with the 10 y origin.

  • Glenn Vanbellingen

    If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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