Diurachs are the inhabitants of the Isle of Jura – their symbol is stamped on the bottle. Like the people, the whisky is said to have a strong character.
Most official Jura releases now have a nickname. Jura 10 Year Old is Jura Origin. The limited 12 Year Old is called Jura Elixir. The peated versions are Superstition and Prophecy. Jura Duirach’s Own is the 16 Year Old.
Jura Diurach’s Own is first matured in American white oak and spends the last two years in Oloroso sherry casks (Amoroso actually). We’re trying the European version at 40%. It seems the US version is bottled at a higher 43%.
Isle of Jura ‘Diurach’s Own’
(40%, OB +/- 2014)
Nose: pretty rich. There’s a honeyed base with fudge and caramel. A few hints of mixed berries and chocolate. Subtle coastal notes and a clear note of pine trees and resin. Sweet (caramel) and sour (citrus) combination.
Mouth: really sweet, very caramelly. Butter pastry. Vanilla custard. Maple syrup. A bit too sticky sweet for me, although it returns nicely to spiced oak and Mexican chocolate. Subtle clove.
Finish: hesitating between the milk chocolate sweetness and drying oak.
Diurach’s Own is really okay – probably the best of the core range bottlings. On the other hand I can’t say it’s complex or really balanced. For milk chocolate lovers. Around € 50.