It’s no secret I’m a lover of whisky, indeed that amber elixir could be considered one of my favourite indulgences.
Some may say there is no such thing as bad whisky, (that is certainly debateable) but there certainly are some that are better than others.
I’ve been a fan of whisky from the isle of Jura for a few years now, slowly working my way up the chain of their bottling’s. For those you who would like to know, Jura is an island of the inner Hebrides that has been producing whisky official and unofficially for several hundred years.
The current distillery, which I can only imagine is like my own version of Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory, (but with more tipsy Oompa-Loompas) was rebuilt in the 1960’s.
The bottle we shall be discussing today is Jura Prophecy. I was kindly bequeathed a bottle by my fellow gentleman the Dapper Dude and his brother, which was a rather nice festive gift. Jura like to give you a little smidgen of legend with their drams, as the story goes in the early 1700’s a wise old seer was evicted from the island by the landowners the Campbell’s. As she left she foretold that the last Campbell would leave the island, one eyed and with all his worldly possessions held in one cart drawn by a solitary white horse. Codswallop you say ? Flash forward, timey-wimey style, to 1938. One Charles Campbell, who with only one eye, the other being lost in World War 1, left the island with a cart drawn by a white horse.
Chilling prophecy ? Coincidence ? Clever marketing ? I will let you decide, in the meantime let us get down to the nitty-gritty, how does Prophecy taste ? Firstly it is a non-chill filtrated whisky, which means if any heathen was to add water to it then it would go slightly hazy.
Fox's tasting profile
This is a heavily peated limited release (1,800 cases). Now I love peated whisky but I do understand it isn’t to everyone’s taste. There is so much more going on in this glass other than smoke though. If you’ll forgive my once again whimsical description, when I take a sip and close my eyes I feel like I’m eating smoky/spicy fruit and nuts by the seaside on a fresh day.
Jura tasting Profile
Nose: smoked fish, brine and butter.
Palate: luscious fruit, peat smoke, spice and liquorice sticks.
Finish: peat lingers in the spicy finish, which becomes drier and ashy.
Average price: £50.44
To sum up this is not only my favourite Jura (so far) but is also one of my favourite whiskies, and would be a welcome addition to anyone’s collection.
Until we meet again