Malt of the Month: April 2021

We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the greatest whiskies in the world. Some of them are age-old classics, some of them are great new releases, but whatever it is, you can be sure that it's something we love. This month we've chosen:

The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Jura 18 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Jura 18 Year Old

Jura 18 Year Old Red Wine Finish

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Softly smoky and packed with fruity flavour, Jura 18 Year Old has weathered almost two decades in ex-bourbon casks and been finished in red wine casks on the Isle of Jura. Aromas of toffee, pineapple, mango and cinnamon fill the nose, complemented by notes of dark chocolate, coffee, blackberries, plums and dried fruit throughout the palate.


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    About the producer

    Jura Jura

    30 miles long and seven miles wide, the Isle of Jura sits 60 miles from the West coast of the Scottish mainland, with one road, one pub and one distillery, this island has a distinct microclimate. Originally established in 1810, Jura distillery was reborn in 1963 and with it the local community.

    10 Customer Reviews

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    • 5

      Really enjoyed this one. Complex with subtle plummy notes of Red Wine hiding away wrapped up with a whisper of smoke on the background but not over powering.

    • 1
      24 December 2020

      first I tried the new 10 y old and thought it was quite nice and then the 12 yr old and that was absolutely superb, loads and loads of flavour with a very long and changing finish, there really is lots going on. Then this the 18 yr old, finished in red wine casks and bottled at 44% so far so good. But then the aroma, not much no smoke as in the younger two, a little fruit but not much else.Taste, nice mouthfeel at 44% a little more fruit,some spice and then....... nothing, it's gone no linger no smoke no nothing. Can't help but think what a waste of 18 yr old matured spirit, far better to had used the sherry casks to finish and produced an enhanced 12yr old.Certainly not as good as the old Durach's 16 yr old and almost half the cost again.

    • 4
      10 September 2020

      Surprised to see mixed reviews as this is a go-to for whisky oddities. The wine taste is quite overbearing, which can be a big positive for some and a big turn-off to others. This is definitely a "niche" whisky catering to those with a love of wine and perhaps a lack of history with whisky. But it is interesting to see what I expected... some really like it while others simply can't stand it. I'd compare it to something like a 21 year old Glenfiddich Rum Reserva in that it's going to be quite polarizing.

    • 4
      10 February 2020

      Very good this..with nice rich spicy flavours with a subtle wine finish.Great value at the moment for an 18 yr old whisky.

    • 1
      7 June 2019

      Compared to other single malts, this is quite harsh on the palate. I had expected much smoother.

    • 3
      7 February 2019

      Unexciting, I was disappointed by this really.

    • 5
      25 January 2019

      Very smooth and sweet with just the slightest hint of smoke. A very nice whisky but maybe not for fans of the other, classic Jura entries that have the liquid campfire appeal.

    • 1
      9 November 2018

      I enjoyed the 16 year old which has been sadly discontinued. Unfortunately, this is no substitute. No hint of the characteristic Jura spice and floral taste that I've enjoyed previously. This is a none too smooth whisky with off tastes of red wine cork. A horrendous release from a name I typically trust.

    • 5
      18 September 2018

      Simply lovely. If you know, you know!

    • 4
      19 April 2018

      Nice and tasty with red wine cask twist.Smooth and full flavoured..very good actually!??