Sunday, September 19, 2010

Jura 10 year old single malt whisky

Ahhh single malt whisky ("whisky" for stuff from Scotland, "whiskey" for the Irish stuff) - the nectar of the gods.  Yes admittedly it's an acquired taste, but once you acquire it, the pleasures are boundless.

The Jura 10 year old single malt is a great way to start enjoying the wonderful world of single malt whiskies.  Jura is a little island off the coast of Scotland, a tiny community of less than 200 Diurachs (the Gaelic word for the locals) where the bank opens once a week, and Jura is the only distillery on that island.

When drunk neat, it's a robust mouthful, but with a splash of water, it transforms into something else altogether.  Unlike its cousins from the more famous island of Islay, there's not a lot of peat present, although it's still there.  Rather, a delicately sweet, nougaty flavour dominates.  That should be reason enough to go out and buy it!  You can get it easily from Vintage Cellars (yes another shameless plug).

Slainte mhath!

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