History of Jura whisky
Even though the distillery didn't open until 1810, the people of Jura were entitled to distil whisky for personal consumption, until a ban was introduced in 1781.
The distillery fell into disrepair, but in the 1960s two local estate owners Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith rebuilt the distillery, employing architect William Delme-Evans. By 1963 their work was complete; they had introduced taller stills allowing the distillery to create a mix of malts.
In 2006, the whisky received a Gold Quality Award from the international quality institute
Jura wisky Products
- "Origin" is a ten year old whisky. This lightly peated malt is made from a selection of aged Jura single malt whiskies.
- "Diurachs' Own" is sixteen years old.
- "Prophecy" is a heavily peated malt, bottled without chill filtration. In the early 1700s the Campbells of Jura evicted a man who prophesised that the last Campbell to leave the island would be one-eyed with his belongings carried in a cart drawn by a lone white horse. In 1938 Charles Campbell, blind in one eye from a war injury, fell on hard times and led his white horse to the old pier for the last time.
The Island of Jura
The Isle of Jura is seven miles wide and thirty miles long and it has only one road, one pub and one distillery. There are seven estates on Jura: Ardfin, Inver, Jura Forest, Ruantallain, Tarbert, Ardlussa, and Barnhill.
How to get to Jura
"Extremely unget-at-able" were George Orwell's words on describing how to reach Jura.
The island is as awkward to reach today as it was in 1946. The journey from London involves two flights and a boat. From March to October there is a passenger ferry from Tayvallich on the west coast of Scotland.
Throughout the year the Calmac ferry runs from Kennacraig to Port Askaig on Islay. At the same port, board the Jura island ferry.
Jura Passanger Ferry
The Jura Passenger Ferry - or Shannick - is a Stormforce 11, the flagship of Redbay Boats in Ireland that offs the best that RIBs can offer. The deep V hull offers maximum stability and comfort with seating for 12 passengers and 2 crew.
The hrd top guarantees you’ll stay warm and dry with wrap around views letting you sit back and enjoy the ever changing views, wildlife and historical sites. This is a journey you wil never forget.
Private hire and whisky trips to the islands distilleries
Jura Whisky Ambasodors
In 1975 Willie Tait began a lifelong association with the island. He has worked as a tunroom man, mash,
stillman under manager, distillery manager and master distiller, and is now Global Brand Ambassador. In 2011 he was awarded a lifetime Achievement Award from the Malt Advocate magazine (USA) for his 37 years' service to the Scotch Whisky industry. Willie Cochrane started his career at the Jura distillery as a Mash/Still Operator in 1976. Soon after, he was promoted to the dual role of Brewer and Engineer. After thirty years, he became Jura Distillery Manager