“I love the smell of napalm in the morning”
The words of Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall) came to my head, when I took my first sips of Isle of Jura Superstition. Even though the smoke is very delicate in this one, the heavy spices take over in taste and finish. That’s where the feel of napalm comes to your mouth, in a good way.
This was probably the first genuinely spicy whisky, that I had tasted. I’m not a big fan of spicy food nor whisky, so I’m not sure how spicy Jura Superstition really is. The distillers claim: “hints of smoke and spice”. For me the spices felt more like a bunch. But still, I’m not complaining. Jura Superstition was exciting, giving me a whirlpool of taste and spices. And it kicked like a mule. Just like a whisky should kick!
I did hear Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Kilgore’s cavalry coming in, fueling my mouth with fire. No smoke, just pure fire! For me this is one of those drams that I don’t absolutely like but I still want to recommend, because it might offer someone else something more.
Jura Superstition was my first Jura experience and it got me thirsting for more from their whisky range. I’m sure, there’s lots of potential.
Nose: Hints of cream and wee smoke but overall, sweet and fruity.
Taste: Very peppery, white and black peppers dominate with hints of smoke. Some fruits and nuts behind the spices.
Finish: The aftertaste is long because of the spices. Some honey mixed in there as well but the spices take over heavily.
Balance: Mainly sweet and peppery. Honey and smoke balance decently in the mix.
Colour: Pale Gold
Nose: 20 | Taste: 19 | Finish: 21 | Balance: 19
Overall score: 79
Distillery: Isle of Jura