As you probably know having a love of whisky is not very wallet friendly! The idea with WhiskeyBon is to bring you as many reviews of whisky from around the world as possible. There’s only the two of us though and the money comes out of our (never very full) pockets.
For this reason, I thought it would be a good idea to get some of the miniature packs on offer rather than buying a full bottle every time. This also has the benefit of not landing us with an entire bottle to finish if we don’t like it!
The first box of miniatures I spotted was a Jura one containing the Jura Superstition, Jura 10 Origin and this Jura 16 Diurachs’ Own (Please don’t ask me how you pronounce that).
The Jura Distillery gets its name from the island of Jura off the West Coast of Scotland near the Islay region.
I decided to kick off with this one because it’s the oldest. But is it the best? Why don’t you have a read of my review of the Jura 16 Diurachs’ Own to find out:
About the Distillery
The Jura distillery is situated off the West Coast of Scotland, in the Inner Hebrides on the Island of Jura. It was originally established in 1810. After some time, it fell into a state of disrepair and was renovated and re-opened in 1884. It remained functional until circa 1900 when it was closed again, this time to be demolished.
It wasn’t until the 1950s that local businessmen Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith began a venture to rebuild the Jura distillery. The reconstruction was finalised in 1963, and after the installation of some taller stills, the distillery started production, creating various malts.
The island of Jura is home to over 5,000 deer and has a human population of approximately 212. It is a challenging environment with only one road, one pub, and one distillery. It is not the easiest place to produce whiskey. However, the single malt produced on the island is held in high esteem by whiskey connoisseurs all over the world.
On the bottle:
“Nurtured for sixteen long years, this is the whisky of choice for the people of Jura. To honour this special relationship, the symbol of the Diurachs adorns each and every bottle. Flavours of dark chocolate combined with oranges and spices leave a sweet toffee and honey finish.”
Distiller: Jura Distillery
Region: Islands (Jura)
Age: 16 years
Honey followed by lemony citrus, unripe plums and a floral and fresh dew type aroma.
Sweet honey, a touch of oak then some dry sherry and dried fruits. A smidge of candied orange. Some intense flavours with a wonderful freshness and incredibly smooth.
Really light and short. Citrus, some oak and sweet sherry.
A great whisky that’s quite unique. The thing that stands out the most is the freshness factor, which may sound a bit silly but you will know what I mean if you try it.
It’s also quite fruity and lemony which is nice and for being aged in sherry casks, the sherry factor is not too strong which is good for me because I’m not a fan of the “sherry bombs”. Recommend this if you are looking for something unusual to try.