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Isle of Jura 16 Year Old (Diurachs' Own)

(70cl, 40%)

Isle of Jura 16 Year Old (Diurachs' Own)

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Isle of Jura 16 Bottling Note

This 16 year old from the Isle of Jura was a bronze medal winner at the 2004 International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Fragrant, slightly floral cereal, some minerality at first, becoming increasingly creamy with a hint of orange. Mixed nuts, redcurrant, green apple and finally dark chocolate and spice.

Palate: Oily and resinous with sweet tobacco, mixed nuts, clove, milk chocolate and violet. Rich and round.

Finish: Drying, fragrant oak. After a few sips some chocolate lingers too.

Overall: The whisky of choice for the Isle of Jura's 200 or so inhabitants.

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Isle of Jura 16 Year Old (Diurachs' Own) Reviews

Masterpiece more like a Highland Malt.

On the nose amazingly rich, some floral and citrusy nuances can be noted. No peatiness is observed despite it is an islay whisky appearently like a Speyside single malt. It is a perfect example what 16 years may bring to a whisky, wonderful caramel, vanilla and oaky nuances with dark chocolate notes. Even some very sweet pipe tobacco nuances can be felt. On the palate oily, nuts and sweet tobacco nuances can be noted. Very pleasant and rich. Finish getting drier, floral and long.

7th August 2019

Islay whisky with Highland notes.

On the nose it doesnt look like an islay whisky and I would certainly say this is a mature Highland malt. I think it is because not too much peat was used during manufacturing the whisky. To the nose very pleasant floral , nutty and fruity aromas can be noted. Very rich and amazingly beautiful. On the palate it still tastes like a Speyside malt sweet, nutty and oily. Finish is long chocolate and malty aromas can be nuanced.

5th June 2019


It’s the best tasting scotch I had in Scotland. I tried MANY different brands & recipes from all over the scotch map. My tastebuds preferred this and I purchased 2-3 bottles while I was in UK.

18th January 2019

Bitter, Thin, Malted Barley

I got this and two other Jura sample bottles on the travel retail market. As 2018 has ended this has been discontinued apparently. Matured for the first 14 years in American White Oak barrels and the last 2 years in ex-Amoroso Oloroso sherry casks.

On the nose I picked up some of that American oak from a hint of caramel, I had to let the dram breathe a bit after nosing the first time.

My first sip introduced me directly to oak notes that transitioned into new wood, which then was followed by all spice. It has a prickling burn to it, more than I would expect from a 40% ABV.

The finish was rather swift with mixed nuts and lots and lots of malted barley. Topped off with the dry tannins from the sherry casks and a bitter chocolate ending.

This dram from the island of Jura has won a few awards, but it was not very compatible with my palate this time around unfortunately.

9th January 2019

Too easy to drink!

We tasted this at the distillery and loved it. Sadly it's no longer in their range. We bought some to take home, but drank it before we got back!

4th July 2018

better than tammana

very bad experiance

3rd February 2018


Lovely, one of my favs

30th December 2017

Not for me okay drinkable

12th November 2017

Surprised but not in a good way!!!!

My palate must be on the blink because the bottle I had tasted very mediocre. I actually asked if I could send it back.

11th November 2017

Rich and Smooth

A pleasure to drink!

4th October 2017

No room for improvement.

THE best of all single malts.

9th July 2017

Not for the faint hearted.

The smell, well I get melting chocolate. Malted milk and some rich dessert from somewhere exotic. I thought the taste was big. Dry and oaky to start, then smoky and sticky coating my mouth. The finish was long and warm and pretty smooth. With a touch of water there seemed to be a bit of fruit after it had sat twenty minutes. I'm quite a big fan. I shan't be rushing it though as it's certainly not cheap.

29th March 2017

Jura 16

One of the best

27th November 2016

Not what I expected

It smells awful, I definitely don't like Juras

14th October 2016

Improves with time

My first reaction after buying at Heathrow duty free was disappointment. It seemed on first sampling to be bland, innocuous and characterless. I left it for six months or so and then, on impulse, decided to try again. Now, I'm not saying it's great but it has some very pleasant aromas of toffee, caramel and chocolate. The palate is rich and creamy with more chocolate, vanilla and a hint of pepper. The finish remains disappointing but it's not bad value for money at duty free prices. I doubt I'll buy another though.

25th August 2016

Easy going with excellent finish

I love this one

14th May 2016

mr john mcgregor

I started out with Origins,progressed to prophecy,but I,m sure this my whisky from now on ,delicious.

23rd February 2016

Fine blended whiskey

It does taste like a fine blended whiskey, very smoth but no intresting tastes at all, straw. 3/10 because of the way to expensive price!
Jura 10 Years is a way better choice but nothing reallt special either..

13th January 2016


Rich and smooth.

12th January 2016

For me the bottle needs to be decanted or open for a while

This is not a bad whisky by any means - I bought it expecting it to be great for a whisky club I run. The general thoughts on the night it was opened was disappointment. I tried it again a few weeks after it was opened, and for me being left open for while was a big improvement. Very smooth, pleasant nose and some great flavours (hints of vanilla, orange and chocolate) and a lasting finish on the taste buds.

18th August 2015

the old soak

very good but would recommend Glenfarclas 15yr in this price range.

25th July 2015


I'm glad I tried this one. When this bottle is gone, I will get another. I tend to go for the peat monsters or sherry bombs, stepping away from my norm paid off with this one. The Master of Malt tasting notes are right on.

3rd July 2015

Hat off to Jura

Not a Jura fan in general, however, this exquisite dram is the finest I've had the pleasure of dancing around my taste buds. Bravo! I like it with the smallest bit of ice as not to dilute the experience, but thats just preference. Little pricey but worth it!

1st June 2015

My favourite

I had a hard time to find a bottle so I am sipping slowly and enjoying immensely!

15th May 2015


Good product, lots of chocolate, coffee and toffee.

20th April 2015

I want another bottle

I bought a bottle and like it so much that I wanted to buy another one to keep in reserve. Alas... LCBO is out in Eastern Ontario. Sigh.

18th April 2015

Perfect balanced

One of the best,i have ever tasted.If you have a chance to get this one, grab it.

5th April 2015


Just bought this last night in Scarborough Ontario. LCBO website doesn't even have it listed. Get it while you can.

12th February 2015

Envious of Europe

This will be available in the winter whiskey shop program at the LCBO. From the colonial Ontario, you're welcome.

27th January 2015

Envious of Europe

I am down to the last few drams I'll likely ever see of this Diurach's Own. Stranded here in colonial Ontario there is no place I can add this selection to my basket. I prefer generally oak and sherry scotches and this one is as smooth and refined as any.

18th January 2015

The Mystery of Jura

My nose is all but useless but I get some of what they describe in the nose on the palette. This is the Elixir matured another 4 years to my mind. These have a flavour I can't quite describe though the oak drying on the finish I can definitely taste. I find the Jura 12 and 16 a bit of a mystery to describe the flavours but what is certain is that I'll want another splash. I can only hope to see the Jura 16 in Canada, Ontario, again.

10th January 2015

mr dave heaton

nice,smooth. and you could easily have a good nights relaxation with this drink.

30th December 2014

Thank you Lord Archibald Campbell

The islanders (or "duriachs") have certainly made a fine choice, lightly peated,a slight smokiness lurking behind tones of leather. The taste is slightly sharper than the smell suggests, but also gives some faint chocolate and wood tones. The aftertaste is relatively short but consistent. Enjoyable.

4th December 2014


I find I often have opposite opinion than most on this site. This one I find ok. Not more, not less. The nuts and chocolate is quite distinctive and enjoyable, but it also has some rough aftertaste that spoils it a bit for me. Overall, I appreciate experience of the interesting taste, but I don't think it's anything special, or that I'd have it regularly.

4th December 2014

Rich, smooth and mellow

Advent calendar day 4.

Sticking your nose in the glass gets a deep rich aroma reminiscent of christmas pudding, aged in oak with vanilla cream.

The taste fills the mouth immediately with a rich heavy blast of christmassy dried fruits and molasses. The fruits give way to a slightly sharper citrus note that fades away to a finish reminiscent of the after taste from a chocolate orange, but far more subtle.

Best of the bunch so far from the Advent Calendar. I prefer the fuller bodied whiskies to the lighter sharper ones and this is one I'd definitely buy.

4th December 2014

sample from the advents calendar...

...seemed watered down, so I can only say bad things. Jura is not my favorite either. To say the least, it is overprized.

22nd November 2014

jura Brooklyn

Amazing spice and sweet Cherry taste wow you did it again

12th November 2014

A Sweet One I hope to see again

I get the mix of fruit and spice on this one, like a senior Elixir or junior 21 year old. I'd buy more if it was available.

16th October 2014

I'm no expert

I like my whisky and when I come to buy a new bottle I like to chose something different each time. Every bottle is different and has something to appreciate in it's own individual way. All whisky drinkers know this, I would like to think.
The only bottle of whisky I continue to buy, albiet on the rare occasion is 'Blue Label' and thats because it's to me it's the business.

'Jura Diurachs's Own' is a fine whisky and I am not disappointed with the purchase. I am glad to have experienced it's fruity, caramel taste and would recommend it to people that like that combination in their whisky.

If your like me and try different brands and generally experiment, again it's well worth a try you will not be disappointed.

22nd August 2014


I have long been a fan of Islay malts and love their dark colour and full favour. I have never before tried any other Jura malt. This 16 year old seems to drink itself. I was forced into buying a Haig's dimple 15 year old to keep my hands of the Durachan and make it last out the week.

4th August 2014

Takes time to appreciate...

I'm halfway down my first bottle of this. I am accustomed to the ten year old Dura as one of the whiskies I drink in some sort of rotation, and I reckon that it is a fair and pleasant drink. My first thought on opening Duirach's Own was that its colour is as little too rich and hints at caramel but that was of no consequence when I tasted my first glass. It was rich tasting and full bodied: quite a surprise after the ten year old. With each glass I recognise more about it and I am coming to quite like it and recommend it to friends. The usual price, however, is a little high for what it is and I would not normally have bought it given the range of others available to me. Fotunately I have a lovely wife who spotted the last half dozen bottles on the shelf at the local supermarket and liberated them for me at just £22 each. Now that is a good price and I have a real bargain. When that is gone I really look forward to drinking my friend's Duirach's.

21st March 2014

Pleasant enough....

Sweet marmalade with a hint of the sea about it. Gave it a generous 3 star but a wee bit disappointing for a 16 year old especially on the finish. Worth a try but there are better drams out there for the price.

1st March 2014

very smooth

was given a bottle last new year from a Finn who did NOT like it however I thought it was very very smooth I come from the east coast so I prefer Spey side whiskeys but this was something else the difference between 12 and 16 is not so great whether the price is worth it I am no sure I have to try more to be sure
Michael Finland

30th January 2014

What the 10 year old should be!

If this was the 10 year old and retailed at around the £30-£35 range, I would defiantly be giving it 4 and 1/2 to 5 stars. But based on price I'm giving it 3 an 1/2.

10th January 2014

Full at 40

For a standard strength bottling this is a well rounded, warm whisky with great depth. If you can't tell the difference between this and the 10 year old standard bottling stick to cheap blended whisky!

23rd October 2013

Really good, but...

I liked it, but, being an experienced scotch drinker, I have to admit that there was nothing really special about this one. The nose is sweet, but then, the palate is bitter, opaque, too dull.

11th June 2013

I know why it's 16 years old

It's so that it is old enough to legally have sweet sweet sex with my tastebuds.

9th April 2013

sex in a bottle

I have not tried and so I cannot compare to the comments about it being no better than the 12 year( thought i definately will). I can say that this is a complex and well balanced scotch. Sweet fruit and vanilla in the nose, spice, citrus, chocolate, and light peat in the finish. nice medium/ heavy body, smooth. this is a winner. balance AND complexity, I consider the price reasonable for this accomplished bottle and i will definately buy it again.

14th February 2013


Forgot to rate

18th January 2013


Opened a bottle of this with my father on Christmas day this year (my father being a big fan of jura, and me not having tasted it before), I found it uneventful that day, however about two weeks later he poured me another dram over a conversation, and I found it to be at least twice the whiskey it was Christmas day. It's nose is at first an inviting vanilla and oaken smell that has just a whiff of smoke(no more than a highland park or Dalwinnie), that then goes into walnut, fresh cream and marzipan. It's taste carry's the vanilla of the nose, with orange juice, orange bitters, toffee, butterscotch, cinnamon, almond paste, cream tea and Jamaican ginger cake. This isn't going to blast you in the face with dried fruit like a sherry cask but very rewarding and more complicated than first seems.

18th January 2013

Damp late afternoon cont'd:

Hint of peat most likely influenced by prior dram of pleated scotch. But that influence certainly adds to the experience.

4th December 2012

A damp late afternoon day near the ocean.

Puffs of briney sweet atmosphere. Settling into tasty notes of cherry , peat, oak, raisin, vanilla, maple..... The list goes on. This one really has got it's own thing going on.

4th December 2012

Get a better whisky for half the price

Hardly an improvement on the standard bottling and they're charging over £40 for this. I was given a bottle and have tried to like it. A definite zesty, marmalade and citrus, chocolate and weak spice. Loaded with caramel, chill-filtered and a measly 40%. You've lost me for the moment, Jura. Sort something out.

27th November 2012

What's the extra 6 years for?

Oh Lord no, what happend here? Nothing I'd say, there is not that much difference between this dram and the 10 year old, it's gotten a bit softer but that's it.

20th August 2011


Sweet aroma, to savor slowly.

27th July 2010

A delicious beauty

In the nose a light smoke sweetly transforming into creamy marzipan. On the palate elegant vinous note, orange zest, with refreshuing sour tangs.
Finish is medium to long, with a delicious orangy coating. I'd give it 9 points if it had been 43% (or even better 46%) and non chill-filtered.

20th November 2009

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