First world problem time! YAY!
So I have a few too many samples I’ve collected over the years. And seeing as how some of them are ones I bought in Scotland the last time I was there, I should probably aim to finish them up before going to Scotland again.
That and my wallet is so full of money that is bulges a little, I’m trying to switch my wife over to HD aerial cable mixed with Youtube and Netflix so we can save money, trying to write a novel, taking Micro and Macro Economics, and generally sad that I need to cut back on sugar.
My life is so rough. Oh how I suffer.
Since my plans changed for the week I was able to sit down last night with one such dram, Isle of Jura 16 Diurach’s Own. This is from the some times maligned Isle of Jura distillery.
Why maligned? Well, they aren’t that well loved. And if you’ve had the 10 Origin, you probably know why. People don’t like how it tastes. It’s not like the Campbell’s killed everyone’s goldfish or something. But let’s put that to the side for now.
Jura, Scotland is located right next door to Islay, of which it’s sometimes (see: Always) compared. It was owned by Whyte and Mackay, which did own United Breweries Group, until they sold them to Emperador Inc. last October. Confused yet? Someone’s making this, that’s all I’m saying.
This dram is part of the ‘non-peated’ line-up. And by line-up, I mean two whiskies that are unpeated and purchasable by schmucks like me.
So, let’s see if this dusty mini is sitting in the back for a reason, or rather if it’s better than some other Jura’s I’ve had.
Price: N/A at the LCBO at the moment
Colour: Amber Honey
Nose: Honey, musk, oak, old flowers, cedar, mint, little yeast, mandarin oranges
Looks like honey and smells like honey. If I didn’t know any better (and I’m a honey freak, so I do), I’d say this was bee vomit booze at first.
Eventually there’s a nice musk that comes out. The right amount, I’d say. Anymore and it’d be bad. Like, not showering enough bad. Still waiting more time, there’s a little bit of sweet orange juice.
Taste: Toffee, sea salt, cream, earth, loganberry
Very earthy. Mostly earth, I’d say. Like falling into a pile of peat moss, to be honest, all while eating a caramel Cornetto.
Not too complex, especially for a 16 year old whisky. Not bad, just not that…. out there. It even tastes a little watery.
Finish: Mint, musty, lime rind, tea, tarragon
Finishes quick. The tea is a nice touch, though again, it’s mostly dust, dirt, and some sweetness. Not bad, by any stretch, just not wow-ing me at all.
Conclusion: There’s some pretty rough things going against this whisky. It’s a smooth, single malt. I’d almost say it’s one of those whiskies you serve friends who want something smooth but want to branch out just a little bit.
And there’s nothing wrong with liking a smooth whisky. This is just kinda boring for me, especially when I compare it to 43% Isle of Jura or Superstition. I’d pass on a bottle of this, as there are cheaper and better whiskies out there.
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