Drinking Scotch could be quite an educational pastime, especially if one likes to extend ones knowledge in Scots’ myths and legends. In 1871 Jura’s Laird authorized a ban on distilling.
Despite protests a ban was enforced for 29 years, until one night an old, ghostlike woman, visited him and demanded the return of the water of life to the island. The Laird did not think twice and the Jura Distillery was founded the very same year. Residents of Jura call themselves Diurachs and the 16 years old expression is marketed as a dram of their choice. After 14 years in white American oak cask the whisky is transferred into ex-Amoroso Oloroso sherry casks for additional two years. Diurach’s Own scored several awards including silver medal at 2014 International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Nose: pretty rich, slightly floral, milk chocolate, caramel, mixed nuts, pine resin, apples and cherries, hints of tobacco and brine and delicate spicy notes.
Palate: starts sweet and syrupy, caramel, toffee, almond croissants, maple syrup, then becoming oaky and briny with growing notes of ginger, pepper and cloves.
Finish: fairly long, starts with chocolate sweetness, but quickly becoming dry and oaky.