We had a bad experience with Jura The Sound recently. We don’t give up, so let’s try the reworked Jura 10 Year Old and see if this is better. No points for the lousy 40% ABV strength though.
Jura 10 Years was already launched in the US in 2017 but didn’t make it to Europe until the 2018 core range overhaul. It is matured in American oak barrels and finished in Oloroso sherry casks.
Jura 10 yo
(40%, OB 2018)
Nose: better than The Sound, but not much. Gristy notes, hay, a little wet newspaper and a hint of caramel. Some apples with cinnamon. Mustard. Pencil shavings in the background, and just a hint of sooty smoke.
Mouth: weak, with a vague sweetness (honeyed cereals, fudge and something of a sweetened tea maybe), joined by increasingly unpleasant flavours. Porridge, a little rubber and bitter notes. Dry, earthy notes. Aniseed. Leather. No fruits whatsoever, making it rather unsexy.
Finish: shortish, with orange peel, walnuts and barley.
Yet another unsatisfying Jura. With most distilleries offering at least flawless products (uninspired sometimes, but still) this would be hard to recommend. Available from TWE or Master of Malt, but may I suggest a sample first?