My wife and I are buying another house in New Orleans (after getting flooded out of our previous one... call me kooky), and today a co-worker (who knows I like Scotch) gave me a bottle of Isle of Jura 10ya as a housewarming gift. Her husband... author of several military history books, Jane Austen expert, noted literary and film critic, etc... fancies himself a Scotch expert, too. Now, I've never actually tried Isle of Jura 10yo, but have (in this very forum, no less) read that a number of people regard it one of the worst Scotches on the market. Not as bad as "Black Dhu" I hear, but close.
So what do you think... friend or foe? Could be that she thinks it's a great gift, while he secretly titters with glee at his own mischief... I don't know! Should I even open the bottle, or should I re-gift to some unsuspecting relative or other?
(Let me add that I just bought my first bottle of Ardbeg Uigeadail... seriously wonderful stuff! But is it enough to counter the possibly deleterious effects of drinking Isle of Jura 10yo?)
If the giver later asks you, with a bit of a smirk, what you thought of it, just arch an eyebrow and say, "Interesting."
In my book, anyone who shells out to buy me a bottle of whisky is a friend.
I think any gift should be appreciated but if asked to give your opinion on it be truthful. It may be a scenario that you love it but it may also be a scenario that you feel the Uigeadail is far superior. It's okay saying that you thought it was so so as that is what us mad malt heads do. I actually don't think Ardbeg is the best whisky in the world but it does not mean it's bad. Theycould of very easily bought you avery expensive bottle which also may not have been to your liking.
You should really taste this whisky as this will give you a basis of where you want to go.
My wife found it gentle and light; the intense saltiness did not sand out for her as much. She found it a tad dull, but "ok." Funny response, as she is just learing to love anything besides Lagavulin.
As was stated, any freind who gifts a single malt is a freind indeed. I think this is mostly a love it or "like it" malt, not sure who many would love it, although it may grow on some over time. I sent a few samples out to freinds this week; I am looking forward to seein their responses.
It's OK, if it's free and You have minimum of six shots of something else before that...
As a gift it's fine and You can serve it to Your friends if You don't like it yourself.
People don't drink certian whiskies because they have heard they are not good but how do they know if they never tried it.
Give it a go and then you will know for sure and it can be used as mentioned earlier for guests if you don't like it.
Personally, I'm not a Jura fan, but I don't think it's as bad as some people make it out to be.
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