Distillery/Brand: Isle of Jura
Colour: Old Sauternes
So here’s the ridiculously hard to pronounce (and even harder to spell) Diurachs’ Own 16 year old. Another trademark syrupy offering from Jura.
Nose: The thick Oloroso sherry comes screaming through on the back of toasted almonds, thick chocolate fudge and dark woody caramel. Mixed in with cereal milk and a seasoning of cloves and cherries the nose leaves little doubt to its’ ancestry.
Palate: Thick and syrupy with tangy dark chocolate giving way to a briny rock salt and pepper combination. It’s a struggle if you ask me.
Finish: Cloyingly oily with spicy clove.
Another one dimensional ‘I knew what to expect’ dram from this predictable distillery.
Normally kept for post-dinner drams, my Scapa 16 was pulled out of the bar for an early evening taste. A good choice!
The Islander has quite a colorful nose – aromatic purple flowers like lavender sit in a fruit basket of papaya and apricots as citrus infused honey is drizzled quite liberally over the bouquet. All the while sitting next to a bowl of cereal and kneaded dough. A pleasant nose to awaken all your senses.
The medium bodied oily palate starts off white peppery spicy followed by the pleasant sweetness of honey and toffee.
A decent finish brings you rock melon and papaya. The papaya! It’s so strong in this one.
All in all a very decent dram – something to be had quite regularly.