Dram Review: Isle of Jura 1977

Jura Fortnight continues with this dram I was sent by Tom Thomson of Tom’s whisky reviews. 35 year old Jura and a bit of a cracker!

Here are the dramstats:



  • ABV 46%
  • Distilled 1977
  • Price £693

Nose: Carrot cake, vanilla Mr Whippy ice cream, rich tea biscuit, mint, pineapple cubes and liquorice. Excellent!

Palate: Huge pineapple, grapefruit, oak, spices, liquorice all sorts, coconut mushrooms.

Finish: Wow, pineapple and grapefuit lilt goes on and on with layers of oak wood. Definitely not too woody. Just awesome.

Verdict: I love it! Of course it goes without saying that at nearly £700 I will never even consider buying it. But it does taste wonderful.


Dram Review: Isle of Jura Turas Mara

Yesterday was Jura day at the Islay festival of malt and music and it was also the date of their 50th anniversary tweet tasting. I was part of that tasting of 5 different Isle of Jura expressions. I also have 9 other samples/bottles of Jura in the house that I’ve been saving up for an event here on dramstats.

So, without further ado I’m kicking off Isle of Jura FORTNIGHT!!!!

2 weeks on dramstats of Isle of Jura dram reviews and, who knows, maybe a distillery profile and an interview?

This first dram of Jura fortnight is Turas Mara. This is travel retail at the moment, but I have word from Jura that the plan is to make this a permanent expression. It is a mixture of 4 different types of casks including bourbon barrels, spanish sherry butts, french oak barriques and portuguese port pipes. Here are the dramstats:



  • ABV 42%
  • Price £40 (travel retail at the moment)
  • No Age Statement

Nose: Bakewell tart, almond marzipan, raspberry jam, vanilla icing and maybe a hint of black forrest gateau. A bag of penny mix, cherry menthol and cherry pie filling. There is a touch of dark chocolate ginger after a first taste. Lovely stuff

Palate: Cherry pie filling, chopped almonds and raspberry jam

Finish: Almond marzipan and a touch of oak with cherry juice and jam notes all firing in the background with a ‘salty tang’ a bitterness you might find in under ripe cherry.

Verdict: This is easily the nicest travel retail exclusive whisky I have tasted. I want some. The question is do I wait until it goes on general release and hope the price holds, or do I book a flight somewhere? “Check in” with dramstats tomorrow as Jura fortnight will pick up some steam!