Jura distillery

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Coordinates: 55°49′58.4″N 5°57′3.8″W / 55.832889°N 5.951056°W / 55.832889; -5.951056

Isle of Jura
Jura 10 years old
Jura 10 years old
Location Jura
Owner Emperador Inc.
Founded 1810

Jura distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery on the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides off the West Coast of Scotland. The distillery is owned by Whyte and Mackay, which in turn is owned by Philippines-based Emperador Inc.[1]


Even though the distillery didn't open until 1810, the people of Jura were entitled to distill 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.[2] 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 Monde Selection.[3]


A single malt from the Jura distillery packaged and aged by an independent bottler.
  • "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.
  • "Superstition" a single malt "lightly peated with hints of smoke."
  • "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.[4][5]


While the red deer population rests at around 5000, the number of people who make their living on this island sits at less than 200. The inhabitants of Jura are known as Diurachs, which is their Gaelic name.

The key dates in the Diurach calendar include the whisky festival – Feis Ile.[6] This runs throughout the last week in May each year across both Islay and Jura. The Jura Music Festival takes place every year in September.[7] Begun in 1994, the traditional music festival runs for three days. The annual Sports Day takes place on the Ardlussa Estate each July[8] and the Jura Regatta is held annually in the summer.[9]

The Diurach Programme[edit]

Visitors to the distillery are offered a free dram for life, every month at the Jura pub, as part of the Diurach promotional programme.[10]

The Island[edit]

The Isle of Jura is seven miles (11 km) wide and thirty miles (48 km) 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.

Getting to Jura[edit]

"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.[11]

Most travellers to Jura go by CalMac car ferry from Kennacraig on the Kintyre Peninsula to Islay, and then cross to Jura from Port Askaig on Islay by the MV Eilean Dhiura, a small vehicle ferry which is run by ASP Ships on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council. Islay can also be reached by air: Islay Airport is served by daily flights from Glasgow.

Brand ambassadors[edit]

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)[12] 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.


  • Jura Prophecy: Gold (Best in Class), International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010
  • Jura Diurachs' Own 16YO: Gold (Best in Class), International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010
  • Jura Superstition: Double Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009[13]
  • Jura Origin 10YO: Silver, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BBC News - Philippines firm Emperador buys Whyte & Mackay for £430m". BBC News. 
  2. ^ "Jura Whisky". isleofjura.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  3. ^ usl. "USL-Search Result". unitedspirits.in. 
  4. ^ "Jura Whisky". jurawhisky.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Jura Whisky". isleofjura.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Jura Whisky". isleofjura.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Jura Whisky". isleofjura.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  8. ^ "Jura Whisky". isleofjura.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Jura Whisky". isleofjura.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  10. ^ "Jura Whisky". isleofjura.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  11. ^ "home - Jura Passenger Ferry". jurapassengerferry.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  12. ^ MaltAdvocate.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  13. ^ Results, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009

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