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30 May 2014

Jura Tastival

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Jura

Jura Tastival was created for the Jura Whisky Festival 2014. They followed an interesting recipe. After an initial maturation in ex-bourbon American oak barrels, no less than six varieties of French oak were used to finish it (oak produced in the regions of Jupilles, Bertanges, Limousin, Tronçais, Allier and Vosges). Kind of a terroir study in French oak.

It’s a limited edition of 3000 bottles. I suppose the majority will have been sold at the festival, but some have started to arrive in stores across Europe.



Jura TastivalIsle of Jura Tastival (44%, OB 2014, French oak finish, 3000 btl.)

Nose: I really like this. There’s lots of red apple and baked banana, as well as almond paste / marzipan and toffee sweetness. Banoffee pie. A subtle smokiness is found in lacquered bacon, with hints of salty roast beef. Subtle herbal notes. Nice balance of sweet and savoury notes. Mouth: very sweet again. Stewed fruits. Some nuts and caramel notes. Evolves to more savoury notes like liquorice. After that, a wave of nice roasted notes (coffee, biscuits) and mocha butter cream comes out. Finish: long, sweet and herbal, with some wood influence.

When I read the recipe, I was a little skeptical. The end result is original to say the least, but I like it very much. I hope something like this will be part of the core range some day. Around € 100.

Score: 88/100

Jura Tastival 4 Ruben Luyten 2014-05-30
  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    you liked it? I saw most other reviews to be no as favourable.. for 75 quid i’d expect more than 44% and a weird combo of 7!!! wine casks…
    thought about getting a bottle, but not for 100 Eur… too much IMHO
    thoughts as for VFM?

  • WhiskyNotes

    I’ve always thought French oak can work out really well, especially when compared to other wine casks. I do like this one a lot – my scores are based on quality, not value for money. You’re right, the price is too high and 44% is an ‘undecisive’ strength.

  • Tom

    I have tasted this one at the distillery. It was ‘interesting’, which almost never means the same as ‘good’ ;-) But certainly not boring. A little more time to marry this together would have done the trick, I think, but now it seemed less the sum of its parts.

  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    well “interesting” does not cut it at that price range.
    it’s the damned bottling for the fest, why not try make it more interesting. bottle it at 50% + etc. i can not understand this. last year’s bottling was exceptional IMHO.



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