Jura Superstition

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Grade: C

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island

Age: N/A

ABV: 43.00%

Price $80

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose on this is oiled leather and fungus. The palate has the mildest of smoke and tastes extremely young which is strange considering that it’s blended with whiskies that are 13 and 21 years of age. Very sour which lingers into the finish, thin and bland. Not as offensive as the 16 but not far off either. There are cheap blends that are much better than this.

Jura 16

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Grade: D+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island

Age: 16 yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has some light peat and fresh berries. The palate makes you immediately feel like you have bitten into an old tire. There is a dominating rubber taste that is extremely offensive. Really I can’t get past that rubber taste. This is a terrible single malt, avoid this expression. The old 40%, “Diurachs’ Own” may have been better

Jura 10

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Grade: C+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island,

Age: 10 yrs

ABV: 43.00

Price: $45

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose reminds me of honey nut cheerios with some melon. The palate is quite sweet with more honey and vanilla, slightly spicy. The finish is a little bitter but not bad, light smoke, caramel. This is an easy drinking expression. Not a bad single malt to start with. C+/B-

Pig’s Nose

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Blended

Age: 5 yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $32

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression is from the same creators of “Sheep Dip”. The nose has some intense ripe fruit and malt. The palate is creamy, silky, gentle but with a fantastic ballance of honey, salt and butterscotch. The finish is light and fast but with a nice lingering sweetness. This isn’t an overly complex whisky. It does remind me of some of the much more expensive but quality blends. At $30 this is a steal for anyone that is a fan of the “smooth” blended style.

Glenmorangie Lasanta

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Grade: C+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 12 yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $55

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression spends ten years in American oak and then another two years in oloroso sherry casks. The nose is honey, dry sherry, and coffee. Considering that it’s a late maturation sherry soak, the sherry is quite rich and very spicy, extremely sweet. The complexity of the palate is long gone leaving you with a heated and uninspiring finish. This is an over the top sweet whisky with little else going on. C+/B-

Arran The Amarone Cask Finish

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island

Age: N/A

ABV: 50.00%

Price: $75

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

Finished in Amarone barrels, Amarone is a dry Italion red wine. The nose is like a fruit basket that was smothered in chocolate. The palate has some darker chocolates, dried fruits and spice. The finish is more oak and fruit, lovely balance. This expression is quite good and very unique.

Sheep Dip

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Blended

Age: N/A

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $43

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression is made from 16 different malt whiskies that are aged in a range of 8-16 years. The nose is malt and honey with ripe fruit. The palate has some nice spice to it, rich and tangy and very young tasting. The finish has a slight bite to it but not offensive. Jim Murray has called this expression “young and sprightly” I would say that’s a good description…. decent blend for the price