After liking Jura 16 and the NAS Jura Superstition, I thought I should explore the rest of the range. The much more reasonably-priced 10 year bottling (also labelled “Jura Origin”) is aged exclusively in ex-bourbon casks and is not peated. As an entry-level, unpeated, and non-sherried malt, it showcases the “blank slate” that Jura’s house character is grown from. While there is a small amount of peat in the water used by Jura, I can’t discern it in the glass.
Note that Jura appears to bottle the 10 year-old Origin at both 43% and 40% ABV. It’s hard to tell from the information online, but the 40% might be for the domestic 700ml European market, while the 43% might be for the US 750ml market. This review is from a Jura tasting pack (50ml glass miniatures) with the 43% ABV presentation.
Nose: Clean and crisp, with notes of green apple and fresh pears. Some sweet florals – honeysuckle – and a strong presence of green banana. Slightly grassy, like aloe vera. No peat in evidence.
Palate: Moderately creamy body, with an initial wave of vanilla, followed by freshly-mown grass, unripe fruit, aloe juice, and dry wood notes.
Finish: Short. Raw sugar cane, plus some slightly bitter wood tannins, which fade quickly into faint dry woodiness.
With Water: A few drops of water intensifies the green banana notes without contributing anything else. The palate, however, is markedly sweeter with notes of egg custard, vanilla pudding, and a thicker body. Water is probably a good idea with this.
Overall: A fairly standard ex-bourbon malt without much age on it. The vanilla and green fruits, grass, and disappointing finish are hallmarks of a not-quite-ready-yet malt from (possibly) refill bourbon casks. At around $40 a bottle, I would probably choose Glenlivet 12 or Glenfiddich 12 or Speyburn 10 over this. Because there are better options around the same price, I’m going to mark this as Not Recommended. Still, it’s a reasonable price for an entry-level malt without any off flavors.