In my continuing reviews of Scotch from the land of Ook, I happened upon a Bargain Booze establishment near where we’re staying. And let me tell you, Bargain booze here is so refreshing from the prices back home.
Jura distillery doesn’t get much love on this subreddit. They tend to buck trends and launch a different flavour of their Scotch for each possible profile. Many people are fine with Superstition , as it’s peated, as you would expect from an Island that close to Islay. Yet the Battlehill 18 year can confuse you, as it has Highland elements mixed into earthy elements that seem to bicker. Others find the Prophecy nice, as it’s peated again.
That leaves us with the Bargain Booze place: They had the Isle of Jura 10 Origin, the opening pitch of the distillery, the “Light & Delicate” section of their lineup. Let’s see if this is the Virgin Bride or Rode Hard and Put away Wet biker lady of the lineup.
Price: N/A in Ontario
Region: Island (Jura)
Colour: Light Orange
Nose: Sour, stewed vegetables, lemon, brine, tiny peat
This hurts. Like an exploded potato or veggies that have gone on too long. Eventually the sourness subsides and you’re left with light lemon, brine and a tiny, itsy bitsy amount of peat. Pretty stands, nothing over the top.
Taste: Bog, peat, cranberry, wood, lemon rind, mineral water
Too… much… wood… and bog. Like falling face first into a swamp while eating a shitty fruit salad. Not worse than the nose, though… ouch.
Finish: Peat, metal, turnip, Sprite, sour
Metallic sour gross metal ouch. Just earthy fake lemony crud.
Conclusion: I’m surprised that they even sell this. It’s rough. I’ve had white spirit that had better flavours than this. There’s nothing “Light & Delicate” about the Jura 10 year Origin at all, it’s all rough earth and sourness, not really amounting to anything.
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