PBMichiganWolverine

Jura Tide 21 Year

Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

Tasted
2.5
2.5 out of 5 stars
Opened up my 3cl sample while watching Planets on Amazon Prime with my kids. As an aside, anyone even remotely interested in astronomy should watch this series. Tonight’s episode was “ Saturn”...of which our “ on my god” moment was learning that Saturn’s moon Enceladus is in the same formative state as when Earth formed billions of years ago. It has ice water and super-heated vents in its salty ocean ( which were the source of life on Earth ). In fact, Cassini which was launched to probe Saturn was destroyed on purpose when NASA learned of this, just so as not to interfere with Enceladus’ formative state of possible life. Unfortunately, this dram was no where as interesting as Planets. But fortunately...Jura is true to form for me again, and presents itself with another let down. If I ask you what do you think of having a 21yr Islander for a pour this evening, your mind would race naturally towards a 21 yr Talisker or a 21 yr HP. But then I bring this guy out. What a freakin let down. They’re not in the same category. This has a bit of a bite, as if it’s younger than it’s age. I’m also getting sherry, which is strange, since I think this was matured in American oak, and then finished in ex-peated casks. I’m not getting the classic Islander sea breeze and salinity. This is a hard pass. I paid about $10 for the sample. Not worth it...unless you’d like to check off having a 20-something Islander.
10.0 USD per Pour
  • Slainte-Mhath

    Probably still better than Jura Seven Wood...

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @cascode yeah...the good old days when one can get on a plane and visit other places and have human contact.

  • cascode

    @PBMichiganWolverine I wanted to go there when we were on Islay in 2017 but it was just that bit too awkward to fit into the trip.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @cascode @jonwilkinson7309 @Soba45 just for kicks, I looked Jura up on Google Map. Amazing beautiful location—-they’re nestled between craggy hills and the water.

  • Soba45

    @cascode Ah Richard Paterson..surprise surprise!

  • cascode

    Emperador has spent a lot of money on marketing since buying the owning company in 2014. Quality wise I suspect there are too many cooks in the kitchen. Richard Paterson is their de-facto blender as they are part of Whyte & Mackay's holdings, but I don't know who is the master distiller. No disrespect to anyone who works there, but I don't get the feeling there is real master like Jim McEwan or John Campbell in charge.

  • jonwilkinson7309

    My first Jura was the Seven Wood, which was decent but seemed overpriced at $80. Unfortunately, that dram led me to try numerous other Juras that were simply substandard. I don't understand it either. Perhaps they have an exceptional team of brand ambassadors.

  • Rick_M

    @PBMichiganWolverine - very popular in the UK.

  • cascode

    @PBMichiganWolverine They have such an odd output regime. Occasionally they come up with a reasonable malt and then next months it's gone and something completely different in profile turns up. One of the most inconsistent distilleries I can think of. There's a distillery over here called "Tin Shed Distillers" that is similar. Almost like clockwork every second release is interesting, but the ones in between are dire.

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @cascode i think they’re in existence because they probably have a small, but highly vocal and fervent, fan base

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    @Soba45 they missed their Diageo - GoT partnership moment with Proctor & Gamble...Jura could’ve had the stay-at-home quarantine edition: Jura Tide, Jura Vick’s vapor rub, Jura Head & Shoulders which you can drink and use as dandruff shampoo

  • cascode

    Reassuring to hear that Jura is still consistent 🙄

  • Soba45

    A Jura at $10 and still not a bargain..haha. Sounds like a laundry detergent 'Jura Tied' - dual purpose whiskey and stain remover...