Whisky Review – Isle of Jura – Prophecy

Isle of Jura – Prophecy
46% ABV
Non-chill filtered????
£49.55 from TheWhiskyExchange

Nose.

Dry bonfire smoke. Salty seawater. Meaty elements akin to beef jerky. Some thick honey. A little cracked pepper with the sea salt. Some cigarette ash. A touch of road tar. For anyone expecting heavy peat the likes of Laphroaig, Ardbeg or Port Charlotte will be slightly disappointed as I would rate the smokiness more to the levels of talisker. With a similar burning leaves level of smoke rather than anything TCP or earthy in nature.

Palate.

Sweet peat. Dry smoke and ash. BBQ brown sugar(!). Salted caramelised ham. Nicely balanced. Pleasantly savoury.

Finish.

Warm. Short. Drying out smokey, ashy, charred oak. A touch of honey. And a chunk of burnt meat. Finale of very dry burnt oak.

Adding water.

Few drops added. The nose has more herbal elements to the smoke now and a little added caramel sweetness. The palate reflects the additional sweetness and caramel, reducing the smokiness a tad. The finish has the same effect. Sweeter, less burnt meat and more burnt sugars. With a small touch if bitter oak. I’m a bit half and half on this is better with or without. A matter of taste I suppose.

Conclusion.

The added oomph from the extra ABV is evident, and gives greater variation. This is the most complex and interesting of the standard bottlings. It’s a tad pricy, but when on offer you cannot go wrong.

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Whisky Review – Isle of Jura 16 year old – Diurachs’ Own

Isle of Jura 16 year old – Diurachs’ Own
40% ABV
£43.07 from MasterOfMalt

Nose.

Young, slightly spirity nose. Touches of tequila. Fruity honey. Sugared and spiced cooking apples. Demerara sugar. Gloopy honey. Some floral spiciness. Touches of vanilla.

Palate.

Quite thick on the mouthfeel despite the low ABV. Lots of honey. Sugar. Some apple and orange flesh. A little crystallised ginger. Simple and effective.

Finish.

Warming, hugging. Ginger spice, some orange. A touch of chocolate. Very little in your face oak. Remains sweet. Simple. And very pleasant.

Adding water.

Only adding a drop. The nose has a touch more spicy bite to it now. The palate, has lost some of the oiliness, but has developed a charred note adding a little complexity. The finish is mellow and satisfying.

Conclusion.

This is a young 16 year old. Perfectly enjoyable, tasty and non offensive. It’s an easy session dram. I would dearly, dearly love to try this at 46%. NCF. No additives! I only hope this will become a possibility one day.

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