Dec 17, 2012

Jura Diuarachs' Own 16...

Jura Diuarachs' Own 16yo (40.0%): A Jura expression I didn't taste before... An unpeated dram named after the Diuarachs, locals of Isle of Jura. After witnessing the rise of Jura Single Malt range in recent years under Richard Paterson's supervision I have a good feeling about it. And I have to admit that chubby bottle looks even cuter in its 1 liter, duty free size. Color: Dark amber, bright polished copper. Nose: Big sherry cask nose... Concentrated sour cherry juice, dried cranberries, wet tobacco, zante currants and cooked raisins. Eucalyptus and lemon peel. Palate: Pipe tobacco and sweet, syrupy Greek baklava with cinnamon dusting. More sweet spices follow: cloves, garam masala and anise seeds. Orange blossom honey, light sticky toffee pudding, warm candied pecans and moist candied fruit cake. Finish: Medium long. Some chewed cigar stubs to start with and it fades out with crushed red hot chillies. Overall: A proper sherried autumn dram, not so adventurous but I wouldn't call it bland either. A little more like the old style Jura expressions I remember but with a Patterson touch. Actually to be honest it's very hard not to think how close to the Dalmore line its profile is. Anyway, I think a whisky with these qualities could definitely benefit from a higher abv. I would love to have this dram a little chewier.