So as you can see in my Own Blend post, I decided to try something different. On my first tasting of the blend I have the following included:
- Cardhu 12 year old
- Clynelish 14 year old
- Dalmore 12 Year Old
- Edradour 10 year old
- Edradour 13 year old Natural Cask Strength
- Jura Superstition
- Jura Diurachs’ Own
- Mackmyra The 1st Edition
- St George’s Chapter 11
- Talisker Storm
- Tomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
That’s quite a list of some very different whiskies so I don’t know what to expect..so lets get stuck in.
So the result of these whiskies is a light golden coloured dram with the most bizarre nose I have ever experienced, unsurprisingly. There is an initial hit of smoke and then sherry, both quickly giving way to marzipan and an amazing amount of sweetness; summer fruits also have a high presence.
Onto the palate you again get hit with an initial smokiness from the Talisker Storm which actually continues onto the finish. Funnily enough the second flavour coming through is again sherry, but quite subtle, and then onto the summer fruits with a little sweetness, reminding me of the Mackmyra, it seems to follow the nose almost exactly on the first sip. The finish is relatively short but has a lovely smokiness combined with a spicy, dry oakiness to it. I obviously have no idea what the abv is but it does have a bit of heat to it, but only on the finish.
Well it’s interesting I’ll give it that, strangely enjoyable as well actually. Okay it’s no award winner but then I it was never going to be, but it is nicer than I was expect if I’m honest. I am looking forward to future tastings to see just how this progresses, because lets be honest, I have no idea what else will be going into this and therefore no idea what the next iteration of it is going to be like. I’ll keep you posted.
Batch No.: N/A
Nose: Light, coastal hints, slight sweetness
Taste: Light, fresh, lightly peated, coastal
Finish: Light, medium length, slightly dry
Quite accurately described as ‘delicate/light peated’ on the boxes’ 2×2 matrix, this is a very easy drinking dram, fantastic on a hot summer day. It is light and refreshing with slight coastal (sea air, saltiness) tones on the nose but with a little sweetness hidden in there also. This continues onto both the palate and the finish but with the addition of a slight peatiness coming through.Although it is a little stronger than normal at 43%, the addition of water is not necessary due to the already light nature of the drink. The strength is not over powering and the addition of water does loose some of the qualities of the whisky. If you like your lightly peated whiskies or if you want a good introduction into peated whiskies then this is a fantastic choice.
Batch No.: N/A
Nose: Rich but crisp, coastal hints
Taste: Well rounded, slight sweetness, coastal
Finish: Long, coastal, slightly dry
Diurachs is the Gaelic name for the people of Jura and the whisky is described as ‘rich, full-bodied and unpeated’ on the boxes’ new matrix, now a 5 section circle due to the addition of Elixir. It has a deeper, more intense nose it than the Superstition yet manages to keep a crispness to it at the same time, a little unusual but it works. The coastal tones are evident throughout helping to keep it refreshing, which is nice change for a rich whisky. It makes it a whisky that can still be enjoyed on a warm day, when I usually expect this type to be more of a winter warmer.