Whisky Focus - Jura 21 Year Old Time Travel Retail Exclusive Review

Jura 21 Year Old Time Travel Retail Exclusive Review

24th October 2019
Review of the Jura 21 Year Old Time travel retail exclusive whisky with a light peat smoke edge.

Jura 21 Year Old Time ReviewJura 21 Year Old Time is one of a pair of 21 year old whiskies which was added to the re-launched Jura whisky range earlier this year.

The Jura 21 Year Old Time was launched back in May this year exclusively in Travel Retail, its close sibling the Jura 21 Year Old Tide launched at the same time in the domestic market but it is the travel exclusive Jura 21 Time which I am focusing on here.

Jura Time is matured for 21 years in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels, a good choice of maturation partner for the light, citrus and grassy new make spirit which they distil at Jura. It is then enhanced with a smoky finish in ex-peated malt casks. The result, Jura says, is a seductive sweetness with a salted peat smoke edge.

Aimed at offering travellers a more prestige and limited expression of the Island malt, Jura 21 Year Old Time is produced in small batches, it is bottled at the flavoursome strength of 47.2% ABV and the box for each whisky carries the year of bottling to denote the subtle variations in the batches as they are assembled each year, although oddly the bottle itself doesn't carry the year.

The Jura 21 Year Old Time is presented in a quality, superior presentation box featuring metallised inserts and a unique sandblasted frosted glass looking bottle, which is said to mimic the effect that the sea has on glass.

Jura 21 Year Old Time has a RRP of 150 and is exclusive to global travel retail so you will need to dust your passport off if you want to get hold of a bottle, meanwhile if you want to try its sibling the Jura 21 Year Old Tide you will find it available along with the rest of the current Jura whisky range from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Jura 21 Year Old Time Review

Bottled at 47.2% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A honey and vanilla mix infused with gentle peat smoke and a lemon and pear edge.

Taste: Sweet honeyed, mouth coating, gentle peat smoke infused malt leads the charge, some distant almond, a little grassiness, mixed fruit in syrup and just a touch of caramel like maple syrup with a mocha coffee tinge.

Finish: Peat with with a lemon and pear fruity edge and some lovely sweet caramel hang in to the end.

Comment: I have to say I have got hooked by the the Jura Time after dramming it over the last three nights, it has grown on me and also confirmed to me once again that Jura is one of those whiskies that simply gets better with age. Its not a cheap pour at 150 a pop but it is a good one and not out of sink with the prices of other original distillery bottlings of this age and most importantly it is a quality, enjoyable dram.

It is hard to believe that its deliciously light peat smoke edge comes from just finishing in ex-peated malt casks alone, surely there is some peated spirit in the mix also, if not I have to say this is the best example of a peat smoke influence on a whisky I have come across which has come from the cask alone. Jura and peat for me has always made the best bedfellows and I have to say that this is a perfect balanced mix of gentle peat smoke and Jura's delicate light, citrus and grassy notes. If your pockets are deep enough, and you want to treat yourself, this is one to look out for on your travels.

SMW Score 90/100


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