Jura 21yo x 2: Tide & Time

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Much like fellow Whyte & Mackay owned distillery, Fettercairn, which I mentioned yesterday, Jura also completely re-launched their range last year, aiming to ‘premiumise’ their offering. Following up on this reboot, the brand have now launched two 21 year old whiskies, one for the domestic market and one available exclusively at duty free.

Both expressions have been initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in either virgin oak casks (Jura Tide), or ex-peated malt casks (Jura Time). Speaking of the releases, Kirsteen Beeston, Head of International Malts Brands at Whyte & Mackay Ltd, said: “Since the launch of the new Jura range in 2018, we were determined to establish a gateway to a more super premium offer from Jura and these two new whiskies now fulfil this ambition. Taking inspiration from our tiny island home, both Jura Time and Jura Tide continue to tell our story but offer distinctive characteristics, albeit aligned to the unique signature style. To create two different whiskies for two different markets demonstrates our commitment to ensuring variety and differentiation from a trade perspective but also ensuring remarkable single malts with enhanced collectability for the consumer.”

Jura 21yo Tide
Virgin Oak Finish
46.7% ABV
£150 here

Nose: Salted caramel, peanut brittle, toasted hazelnuts, crème caramel pudding and some gingersnap biscuits. There’s some flinty, pebble-y, mineralic coastal notes too, some honey glazed ham, faint clove and rye bread.

Palate: More of that salted caramel, thick toffee, rich honey, salted lemons, toasted almonds and smoked nougat. Then sweet cured meats, a touch of smoked seafood BBQ, and some chilli chocolate.

Finish: Salted nut mix, with a sweet earthiness, some driftwood, and gentle woodspice.

Jura 21yo Time
Peated Cask Finish
GTR Exclusive
47.2% ABV
£150 RRP

Nose: Smoked fish, rockpools, brine, heather, peat embers, and rich honey. Then a charcuterie board, charred twigs and cinnamon stick.

Palate: Aromatic smoke, and slightly floral too. A smoked game note, with smoked cherries and plums, followed by dark chocolate, espresso, black tea and some unlit cigar.

Finish: Tiramisu, dark chocolate orange, and more of those charred twigs.

Overall: Not gonna lie, I’m really quite impressed. Virgin oak finishes aren’t usually my cup of tea, as the finish can really dominate everything else, but the balance in the Jura Tide is really quite good, and those clean, coastal notes are balanced nicely with some savoury sweetness and a gentle underpinning woodspice. Jura Time’s peated cask finish also works well, and really enhances the smoked game-y notes, whilst allowing some fruit and honeyed sweetness to come through. Good stuff.



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