Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Whisky Discovery #52

Isle of Jura 16 Year Old (40% abv OB, Bottled 2012)
Island Single Malt Whisky
Circa £45.00 70cl
The Diurach's Own 16 Year Old

The first of the two Jura drams tasted on the Whyte & Mackay stand at Whisky Live London.

Nurtured for sixteen long years, this is said to be the whisky of choice for the people of Jura. It’s a subtle malt, unassuming, understated yet intriguing. Qualities often attributed to the Diurachs themselves. Understandably, the islanders are drawn to it above all others. To honour this unique bond, the symbol of the Diurachs adorns each and every pack.

This 16 year old from the Isle of Jura was a bronze medal winner at the 2004 International Wine and Spirits Competition and also Gold Best in Class at the 2010 IWSC Awards.

So What did I think?

It was rich and full-bodied with hints of Pinewood sap, citrus fruits, marmalade, toffee, fruit scones on the nose.

In the mouth it was smooth, rounded and mellow, yet rich and luscious. Sweet, dry and dusty mouthfeel with melons and marzipan

With a shortish finish, initially sweet, a hint of scented pipe smoke and dry nuttiness. I liked this a lot and went back for seconds of this, and another one added to my wish list.

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