The approach to Islay by sea is one of anticipation as you travel up the Islay Sound to tiny Port Askaig. Next to the where the ferry docks from the main land you will find a much smaller vessel - the Jura ferry. You can sign up to become an honorary Duirach (that is citizen of Jura) which gives you a free ferry pass not to mention monthly free dram in the local hotel.
The distillery tour is also free (but needs to be booked in advance). We were lead around by shop manager Sue. The distillery is fairly noisy, and consequentially it is difficult to hear some of the information. We missed the start of the tour due to an excellent lunch in the nearby hotel.
|Lovely lady and a mash tun|
|wash and spirit stills|
|The four regular expressions|
The regular expression is widely available and light gold in colour. An aroma of apricots with some sweetness and plenty of fire.
The superstition is a tad darker with some phenols at the back of the palate and a smooth finish.
Prophecy focussed too much on peat for my liking. Darkest amber and quite oily.
|Diurach's Own 16 y/o|
It pours a burnished gold with a spicy curacao orange nose with an undercurrent of iodine and brine. Initially tingly on the tongue it progresses through mushroomy cheese rind and finishes with rich heather honey with a lingering sweetness. Its a more refined version of the 10y/o and one I'll certainly enjoying every dram of.