Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jura Origin 10 year Single Malt

A bitsy baby bottle of Jura OriginWhen I was in Paris, I was on a scotch-high. Breakfast was always 30 cent bananas and $1.00 Red Bull at the grocery store. But we ate out every night, and I attempted to try a new scotch each time.

During a shopping trip to Les Halles I found a bottle of Balvenie 40 year old for 3800 Euros which was so expensive I couldn't even afford to stand near it. They charged me ten bucks just to take a photo! Kidding.

Anyway, I settled on the Jura Collection. The three 5cl bottles cost $25 Cdn. Probably a bit expensive, but I was on vacation and justified the spending that way.

The first I tried was the 10 year old, Origin. I'd never had a 10 year old scotch before so was not expecting it to be as calm or as nice as the older ones I'd had. Wrong, oh so wrong. I've now learned first-hand that age means nothing.

The nose was big on crisp apples and sweet apple juice, with a slight alcohol scent sneaking its way through.

The taste really surprised me. It was rich and slightly smokey. I got a hint of s'mores and then grapes. It was far more mature than what I expected.

The finish followed suit with smokey honey and a unique taste I couldn't figure out for a long time. Ah-ha! Grape seeds!

I really enjoyed this a lot. It's one I would surely buy again. I would liken this to a high-mileage DeLorean. Expecting to find faults, but amazed that there is nothing wrong with it at all.

Les Halles, Paris: $25 for the Jura Collection
50 ml
40% (80 proof)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the bottle!
All I smell is burning.
You definitely have the gene for this. Your nose is sensitive enough to pick out the different flavors. Apples are the last fruit I would imagine being in a whiskey. I get the biggest kick out of your reviews!
For a minute there I thought you were serious about being charged to take a picture! It wouldn't surprise me if some places get that anal!

8:45:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

It's not as easy as it might sound. I have sat there sniffing for 20 minutes. And sometimes you give up and come back a week later and try again. It's like a puzzle and the fun is figuring it out.

Thanks for continuing to come back, even though you hate scotch! hahaha.

11:56:00 AM

Anonymous Dan said...

I've never tried the Jura 10, but I used to have a bottle of the Superstition. It was fairly decent, but slightly (I think they say 'subtly') smokey. Are the minis glass or plastic?

3:10:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

The bottles are glass, and quite nice. The labels are painted. I did not like the Superstition. It was far too peaty for me. I've only had a handful of peated scotches but the only one I've enjoyed was Lagavulin 16.

10:24:00 PM

Blogger awildermode said...

The packaging looks like a perfume/cologne gift box.

12:03:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

And I'm sure some people think it tastes just as bad!

3:29:00 PM


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