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ISLE OF JURA 10 years old 43 %     INFO              
The Isle of Jura Distillery Co, Ltd

ISLE OF JURA 16 years old 40 %      INFO             
The Isle of Jura Distillery Co, Ltd

ISLE OF JURA 21 years old 40 %        INFO        
The Isle of Jura Distillery Co, Ltd

ISLE OF JURA 26 years old 45%                     
Last bottle and empty
THE STILLMAN'S DRAM
Limited Edition
1800 numbered  ottles
Isle of Jura Distillery Company Limited

JURA 10 years old 63,9 %                        
CADENHEAD'S
AUTHENTIC COLLECTION
Cask Strenght
Distilled April 1983
Bottled November 1993
No Additives
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Wm. Cadenhead, 32 Unionstreet,
Campbeltown

ISLE OF JURA 19 years old 43 %           
VINTAGE 1975
Distilled 22.10.75
Bottled 8.95
Cask no. 2768-70
360 bottles 35 cl
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

ISLE OF JURA 20 years old 43 %            
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 22.10.75
Bottled 2.96
Cask no. 2774
220 bottles
Van Wees, Holland

ISLE OF JURA 13 years old 43 %            
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 12/10/88
Bottled 19/9/2002
Cask no. 1649
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.

ISLE OF JURA 5 years old 60,0 %   INFO            
Distilled: 1999
Bottled: 2004
HEAVILY   PEATED
Cask Strenght Cask No. 19
Special Limited Edition
Isle of Jura Distillery Company Limited,
Isle of Jura
ISLE OF JURA   Geen leeftijd vermelding 45 %       
SUPERSTITION
The Isle of Jura Distillery Co, Ltd,
Craighouse, Isle of Jura

ISLE OF JURA 17 years old 56,6 %        INFO           
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date Distilled Sep 88
Date Bottled Feb 06
Society Cask code 31.14
Outturn 223 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Barns and brine'

JURA 7 years old  58 %                                        
HEAVY  PEATED  EDITION
CASK  STRENGHT
The Isle of Jura Single Malt Whisky
The Only Single Malt Scotch Whisky
from The Isle of Jura
PHENOL 40  PPM
Distilled 27/1/99
Isle of Jura Distillery Company Limited,
Isle of Jura

ISLE  OF  JURA 15 years old  45 %         
1990
VINTAGE  COLLECTION
The Unique Malt Whisky from the Island
of Jura's only distillery
Distilled 1990
Bottling date: 2 Juni 2005
Numbered Bottles
Isle of Jura Distillery Company Limited,
Isle of Jura

JURA  1 9 9 2  15 years old  43 %   INFO
CONNOISSEURS  CHOICE
Islands Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillation Date: March 1992
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Bottling Date: May 2007
Proprietors: Isle of Jura Distillery Co, Ltd
Specially selected, produced and bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

JURA  43 %                                                          
THE  ISLE  OF  JURA
SINGLE  MALT  WHISKY
SPECIAL  EDITION
ISLAND  MALT  
ISLAND  SPECIAL
Isle of Jura Distillery Co, Ltd,
Craighouse, Isle of Jura

ISLE  OF  JURA 19 years old   59.98 % INFO
-SPECIAL  ISLAND  EDITION -
The Only Single Malt Scotch Whisky
From The Isle of Jura
THE  DELME  EVANS  SELECT
Distilled 1st Nov. 1988
-EUROPA  OLOROSO  SHERRY -
from Gonzalez Byass, Spain
Cask No: 1796
Second Edition 1st May 2007
586 numbered bottles
Isle of Jura Distillery, Craighouse, Isle of Jura, Argyll

ISLE  OF  JURA  Aged  21 years  53.4 %  INFO
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Society Single Cask No. 31.20
Distilled Sept. 1988
Cask Type: Ref Bourbon Hogshead
Outturn 256 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Cornish pastie and plaster - board"

ISLE  OF  JURA Aged  18 years  40% INFO
THE  ONLY  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY  FROM
THE  ISLE  OF  JURA
The Isle of Jura Distillery, Craighouse, isle of Jura

ISLE  OF  JURA PROPHECY 46 %
PROFOUNDLY   PEATED
LIMITED  ANNUAL  RELEASE
YEAR  1
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
NON - CHILL  FILTERED
Isle of Jura Distillery, Craighouse, Isle of Jura

ISLE  OF  JURA VINTAGE  1 9 9 9   55 %
Date Distilled  27/01/99
BOUTIQUE  BARRELS
HEAVY  PEAT
Phenol  30 p
From The Isle of Jura
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
KENTUCKY  BOURBON  CASK
BOURBON  X U  CASK  FINISH
SINGLE  CASK  BOTTLING
NON - CHILL  FILTERED
BOTTLED  AT  CASK  STRENGHT
Jura Distiller: Willie Cochrane
The Isle of Jura Distillery, Craighouse, Isle of Jura.

ISLE  OF  JURA VINTAGE  1 9 9 5   56.5 %
Date Distilled  14/11/95
BOUTIQUE  BARRELS
From The Isle of Jura
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
SMALL  BATCH  BOURBON  CASK
BOURBON  J O  CASK  FINISH
SINGLE  CASK  BOTTLING
NON - CHILL  FILTERED
BOTTLED  AT  CASK  STRENGHT
Jura Distiller: Willie Cochrane
The Isle of Jura Distillery, Craighouse, Isle of Jura

ISLE  OF  JURA VINTAGE  1 9 9 3   54 %  
Date Distilled  21/01/93
BOUTIQUE  BARRELS
From The Isle of Jura
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
OLOROSO  SHERRY  BUTTS
SHERRY  J I  CASK  FINISH
SINGLE  CASK  BOTTLING
NON -  CHILL  FILTERED
BOTTLED  AT  CASK  STRENGHT
Jura Distiller: Willie Cochrane
The Isle of Jura Distillery, Craighouse, Isle of Jura    

JURA  Aged  30 years  40 %   INFO                        
LIMITED  EDITION
1200 Bottles
The Isle of Jura Single Malt Whisky
The Only Single Malt Scotch Whisky
from the Island of Jura
The Isle of Jura Distillery, Craighouse,  Isle of Jura

JURA  15 years old  46 %    INFO
B E IN N  A'  C H A O L A I S
MOUNTAIN  OF  THE  SOUND
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
from The Isle of Jura
CABERNET  SAUVIGNON  CASK  FINISH
Rare & Limited Edition  2009
One of 1366 Bottles
Non - Chill - Filtered
Distilled, Aged and Bottled in Scotland
The Isle of Jura Distillery,
Craighouse, Isle of Jura

JURA  15 year old  46 %     INFO                      
B E  I N N    A N   O I R
MOUNTAIN  OF  GOLD
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
from The Isle of Jura
PINOT  NOIR  CASK  FINISH
Rare and Limited Edition 2009
One of 1366 Bottles
Non - Chill - Filtering
Distilled, Aged and Bottled in Scotland
The Isle of Jura Distillery,
Craighouse, Isle of Jura

JURA 15 year old  46 %      INFO                             
B E I N N   S H I A N T A I D H
THE  SECRET  MOUNTAIN
Single Malt Whisky
from The Isle of Jura
BAROLO  CASK  FINISH
Rare and Limited Edition 2009
One of 1366 Bottles
Non - Chill - Filtering
Distilled, Aged and Bottled in Scotland
The Isle of Jura Distillery,
Craighouse, Isle of Jura

ISLE  OF  JURA  Age  22 years  55.9 %    INFO                      
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Distilled April 1988
Cask Type: Refill Butt / ex sherry
1 of 242 Bottles
Society Single Cask No: 31.21
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Ploughman's Lunch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

JURA   Aged  12 years  46 %                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

ELIXER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Single Malt Scotch Whisky                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Fruity & Spicy with Hints of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Cinnamon and Citrus                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

The Isle of Jura Distillery,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Craighouse, Isle of Jura

ISLE  OF  JURA  42 % INFO     
TURAS  -  MARA
TRAVEL  EXCLUSIVE
RICH  &  INTENSE
Single malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled, Aged and Bottled in Scotland
Jura Distillery, Craighouse, Isle of Jura.

ISLE  OF  JURA  46 %
1 9 8 9
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel                            
Island Single Malt
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled: 17/12/89
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no: 30713  
Bottle: 15/08/13
240 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chill Filtered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL
                                                                                 
ISLE  OF  JURA  46 %
1 9 8 9
HEAVILY  PEATED
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel                            
Island Single Malt
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled: 17/12/89
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no: 30713  
Bottle: 15/08/13
240 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chill Filtered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

ISLE  OF  JURA
VINTAGE  1 9 8 9
HEAVILY  PEATED
23 years old  46 %                         
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Island Single Malt
Distilled: 17/12/89
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no: 30746
Bottled: 06/11/13
233 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL
                                                 
JURA INFO
Aged 24 years 53.4 %                   
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Date distilled:  27th September 1988
Cask type: Refill Hogshead ex Bourbon
Society cask no: CODE 31.25
Outturn: One of only 255 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Banquet for "The Wicker Man"

ISLE  OF  JURA INFO
Aged  25 years  52 %                                 
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Society Single Cask: Code 31.28
Distilled 27th  September 1988
Cask Type; Refill Hogshead / ex Bourbon
Outturn: One of Only 250 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Going nuts in a rugby club changing room

ISLE  OF  JURA INFO
Aged  25  years  52.2 %                           
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Date Distilled 19TH April 1989
Cask Type: Refill Hogshead / ex Bourbon
Outturn: One of only 148 Bottles
Society Single Cask No: 31.29
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Summer palette of bright colours

ISLE  OF  JURA INFO
Aged 26 years   55,8 %                                         
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Distilled: 19th  April 1989
Cask Type: Refill Hogshead / ex Bourbon
Outturn; One of Only 234 Bottles
Society Single Cask: CODE: 31. 31
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
A couple of classic icons

JURA

Est.1810
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
THE  PAPS
Aged 19 years 45,6 %
Exclusively for Global Travellers
Matured in American White Oak
ex – Bourbon Barrels enhanced
by casks which held Forty year                                                                                                                                                
old Pedro Ximenez Sherry
Cask: P X 40
Distilled Aged and Bottled in Scotland
The Isle of Jura Distillery Co, Jura

The Paps, at journey’s end in the Heart of our island, you ‘ll find them: The Sacred Mountain,                      
the Mountain of the Sound and the Mountain of Gold. These are the Legendary Paps of Jura.
That tower over the Landscape for miles around. They command respect from both Islander
and  Traveller – just as our whisky does. Matured for 19 long years. This remarkable spirit is
the Pinnacle of our Master Distillers’s Art.

Deep Mahogany Gold with a complex finish.

Highland Malt
The Western Islands
Jura
ISLE OF JURA  (1810 -1901)  (1963

Craighouse, Jura, Argyll. Licentiehouder: Charles Mackinlay & Co, Ltd. Eigendom van The Onvergordon Distillers Ltd.
Isle of Jura werd gesticht door de landeigenaar Archibald Campbell en James Ferguson. Campbell was eigenaar van de gebouwen, Ferguson van de machinerie.
Vóór 1810 werd er al gedistilleerd op deze plek door David Simpson die ook twee distil-leerderijen bezat op Islay, Bowmore en Bridgend.
In 1831 was William Abercrombie de licentienemer.
In 1832 werd Archibald Fletcher licentiehouder en de Small Isles distilleerderij, zoals Isle of Jura toen werd genoemd zou twintig jaar in familie bezit blijven.
In 1839 gaven de Fletchers de licentie op, de voorraad whisky in de lagerpakhuizen was toen slechts 5450 liter.
In 1852 waren J. en A. Gardner of Gardinner eigenaars maar kwamen bijna onmiddelijk in problemen, de Gardners verlieten Jura met achterlaten van hun machinerie.
Colin Campbell had de keus tussen een nieuwe licentiehouder vinden, of de machinerie te verkopen als schroot voor€ 400.
Dit probleem werd opgelost toen hij werd benaderd door Norman Buchanan te Glasgow in April 1853.
In datzelfde jaar nam Buchanan ook Caol Ila over op Islay.
Maar tien jaar later raakte Buchanan ook in moeilijkheden en in 1867 werd J. & K Orr de eigenaar tot 1872.
In 1876 nam James Ferguson and Sons te Glasgow Isle of Jura over.
In 1884 stelde de nieuwe landeigenaar James Campbell, die zijn vader Richard was opgevolgd, een nieuwe huurovereenkomst op die de licentienemer verplichtte de kwaliteit van de distil-leerderij aanzienlijk te verbeteren, een nieuwe pier aan te leggen, kompleet met wachtlokaal.
Ferguson installeerde vier Wash backs van elk 59000 liter, een Wash still van 31000 liter en twee Spirit stills van 10.670- en 5450 liter.
De kapaciteit bedroeg toen 817.200 liter spirit per jaar.
In 1901 stierf James Campbell en werd opgevolgd door zijn zoon Colin en verlieten de Fer-guson's Jura met medenemen van alle machinerie van de distilleerderij.
Oorzaak was een verschil van mening met de Campbell's over de reparatie aan de pier waarvan Campbell wilde dat Ferguson deze zou betalen, wat de laatste weigerde.
De Ferguson's bleven hun huur betalen tot in 1918, toen de huurovereenkomst afliep.

Pier, wegen en andere zaken kwamen na het aflopen van de huurovereenkomst in handen van de Campbell's.
Het verschil van mening over de reparatie van de pier kwam in 1920 voor het gerecht, en toen ontdekte Campbell dat Ferguson Senior was overleden en zijn zoon kort erna.
De laatste whisky had het eiland in 1913 verlaten.
Campbell liet de daken van de distilleerderij verwijderen om geen belasting op het gebou-wencomplex te moeten betalen.
In December 1920 kregen de erven van de Ferguson's nog een rekening van Campbell voor het op diepte brengen van het water naast de pier, over de uitslag van deze zaak zijn gegevens bekend.
In 1960, toen George Orwell op het eiland woonde was Jura een eiland geworden met als inwoners eigenlijk alleen maar dieren, vooral herten.
Werk was er niet en mogelijkheden daarvoor ook niet, dus trokken jonge mensen naar het vaste land en Jura verpauperde.
Orwell's landheer Robin Fletcher, samen met Mr. Riley-Smith van Jura Estate, wilden hier wat aan doen en besloten de distilleerderij te herbouwen.
Zij vroegen Delmé-Evans, die Tullibardine in 1947-1948 had gebouwd om een ontwerp te maken en lieten hem geheel vrij met de invulling van het ontwerp.
Delmé- Evans besloot een ouderwetse boerderij-distilleerderij te bouwen, klein van opzet, vanwege de kleine oppervlakte aan grond, en eenvoudig van opzet, vanwege de afgelegen plek op een eiland.
De whisky moest van het Highland type worden, om zich af te zetten tegen de zwaar turfge-rookte whiskies van Islay.
De oude gebouwen, behalve het huis van de manager en de vatenmakerij werden door een 230 man sterke geimporteerde werkploeg afgebroken.
Dank zij de inspanningen van Robin Fletcher was Jura sinds 1960 aangesloten op het elec-triciteitsnet door middel van een kabel van Kiells aan de kust van Argyll naar Jura.
Ook had hij gezorgd voor financiële hulp door zich te verzekeren van de medewerking van Scottish & Newcastle Breweries, die via hun dochteronderneming Waverley Group voor 72 % in het aandelenkapitaal deelnamen.
Isle of Jura zou 1,4 liter spirit per jaar moeten kunnen produceren met zijn twee ketels.
Het weer was een factor van betekenis, omdat alles per schip moest worden aangevoerd.
De bouw duurde drie jaar.
26 April 1963 wordt Isle of Jura geopend door Lord Polwarth van de SCottish Council.
Het water komt van Loch a'Bhaile Mhargaidh.
Toen is 1975 Delmé - Evans terugtrad, liet hij een bloeiende distilleerderij achter en was de onderneming gezond genoeg om een programma van expansie te beginnen, ook werden twee ketels toegevoegd.

In 1985 werd Isle of Jura verkocht aan The Invergordon Distillers Ltd, die op hun beurt in 1993 werden opgekocht door Whyte & Mackay Ltd.
De Mash tun is 4,75 ton.
De zes Wash backs hebben een inhoud van elk 43.000 liter.
De twee Wash stills zijn groot 24.500 liter, de twee Spirit stills zijn elk 15.500 liter en de ketels worden met stoom verhit.
De produktiecapaciteit is 2,5 miljoen liter spirit par jaar. Distilleerderij manager is (2003) Michael Heads.
Sinds 1999 wordt in Januari elk jaar whisky geproduceerd van geturfrookte mout.
In Februari 2003 is de Isle of Jura Superstition uitgebracht, een malt gekomponeerd door Richard Paterson, Master Blender van nu Kyndall International, vroeger Whyte & Mackay geheten, van oude voorraden en de nieuwe jonge, geturfrookte malt.
Vanwege het laatste, zonder leeftijd vermelding. De distilleerderij kat heet Meg. (2003).
October 2001
Kyndall International neemt het Schotse deel van J B B Greater Europe over van Fortune Brands, eigenaar van wat eerder Whyte & Mackay en Invergordon was.
Het betreft vijf malt distilleerderijen: Dalmore, (Old) Fettercairn, Isle of Jura, Tam-navulin en Tullibardine en de Grain distilleerderij Invergordon.
Manager van Kyndall International wordt Brian Magson.
Vijftien maanden later verlaat Brian Magson Kyndall International,
Dit als gevolg van een meningsverschil met de Duitse West L B bank, de financier van Kyndall International.
De omzet in het eerste jaar na de aankoop was € 157.2 miljoen, de winst E 20.6 miljoen. Er werden 9,3 miljoen dozen whisky verkocht.
Kyndall International heeft 750 medewerkers.

1810 Archibald Campbell founds a distillery named Small Isles Distillery
1831 William Abercombie obtains the first licence for Isle of Jura Distillery
1832 The licence is taken over by Archibald Fletcher
1853 Richard Campbell leases the distillery to Norman Buchanan from Glasgow
1867 Buchanan files for bankruptcy and J. S K, Orr take over the distillery
1876 The licence is transferred to James Ferguson & Sons
1901The distillery closes due to a dispute between Ferguson and the land-owner Colin Campbell. Ferguson dismantles the distilling equipment
1920 Camobell removes the roofs of the buildings to avoid tax
1960Charles Mackinlay & Co, embarks on reconstruction and extension of the distillery. The famous architect William Delmé-Evans is called 'in.
Newly formed Scottish & Newcastle Breweries acquires Charles Mackinlay & Co.
1962 Scottish & Newcastle forms Mackinlay-McPherson for the operation of Isle of Jura
1963The first distilling after reconstruction takes place and Isle of Jura Distillery Co Ltd is founded
1974 The first single malt by the new owners is launched
1978 Stills are doubled from two to four
1985Invergordon Distillers acquires Charles Mackinlay & Co, Isle of Jura and Glenallachie
from Scottish & Newcastle Breweries
1993 Whyte & Mackay (Forune Brands) buys Invergordon Distillers
1996 Whyte & Mackay changes name to J B B (Greater Europe)
2001The management of J B B (Greater Europe) buys out the company from the owners Fortune Brands and change the name to Kyndal.
A new visitor centre opens in May
2003 Kyndal reverts back to its old name, Whyte & Mackay
Isle of Jura 1984, 19 years old is launched
2004  5 years cask strenght and 30 years cask strenght are released in limited numbers

To the north of Islay, just off Scotland's west coast, lies Jura. The Hebridean island that fewer than 200 people call home. It's an island steeped in myth and history, and it's here in splendid isolation that Scotland's finest malt whisky is produced, using methods which have remained unchanged for centuries.
The Isle of Jura Superstition is an inspired union of two distinct styles of Isle of Jura single malt, both classics of their kind. One is rich and strong, with a heavily peated style; the other is lighter and more delicate, a combination of premium ages. The result is a sensational malt whisky experience. It's unsurprising therefore, that when the men of Jura Distillery were looking to name this unique single malt, they looked to the earth itself. For it's to the soil that their ancestors owed life - Peat gave them fire, and thus light, warmth and fuel for cooking.
It was in peat that for hundreds of years the Clansmen of the Islands were buried and in peat that their Neolithic forebearers erected standing stone circles. Even today islanders remain superstitions of its properties and believe it unlucky to cut peat in April as opposed to May.
To symbolise this life - giving force and the superstitions surrounding it, our whisky bears the Hallmark of the Ankh cross. The Ankh cross is deemed to conduct the divine power of immortality - anuone close by is believed to absorb its positive energy.
Just as peat sustains island life, so the cross sustains eternale life. So when you detect subtle hints of peat in Isle of Jura Superstition, remember it's an elixir of life, The Stuff of Legend.


1999

All casks, 27000, are made empty and re -ack in new casks.

Juli 2009
Nadat in 2008 vier nieuwe expressies van Isle of Jura zijn uitgebracht, waaronder een zwaar
geturfrookte - en één gelagerd in ex - manzanilla vaten komen er nu, Juli 2009 drie 15 jaar
oude whiskies uit genoemd naar de drie 'Paps' van Jura:

Mountain of the Sound, Beinn A'Chaolais , nagerijpt in Cabernet Sauvignon vaten
Mountain of Gold, Beinn an Oir, nagerijpt in Pinot Noir vaten
The Sagred Mountain, Beinn Shiantaidh, nagerijpt in Barolo vaten
Elke expressie tekt 1180 flessen, het alcohol percentage is 46 %
Ondertekent door Willie Cochrane, Manager van Isle of Jura

Richard Paterson maakt bekent dat aan het eind van 2009 een expressie komt in de geest van de Superstition, zwaarder turfgerookt en gelagerd in Limousin- en ex - Matusalem oloroso -
sherryvaten

Voor 2010 staan meer 'Limited Editions' geplant, en de 21 jaar oude Isle of Jura wordt opnieuw uitgebracht

In a world of its own
Nestled off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Jura is a place rich in legend
yet shrouded in mystery. A place where good fortune holds a bewitching grip
over the islanders, and the three highly distinctive Paps of Jura cast a long and
foreboding shadow over the landscape. A magical haven where a sense of
solitude is all - pervading: one road, one distillery, one community. There is no
whisky and no island quite like Jura. It truly is in a world of its own.

The Diurachs.
Liue a life less ordinary Become a Diurach

Diurachs is the Gaelic word for the people of Jura. Less than 200 strongbut united
by their love for the island and its whisky. One taste of our precious malt and we
suspect you might feel the same. Become an honorary Diurach and eventually
all the secrets of the island will be revealed. There can be no greater enticement.
Your first step on an unforgettable jouney is to visit isleofjura.com.

2 0 0 0  Years  of  the  Jura Distillery.

October 2010
2 0 0 0  Anniversary  Commemorative Bottling  Limited Edition  Aged 2 1  years

Isle of Jura First opened in 1810, however the distillery as we all know today, was
rebuilt in 1963 by two local estate owners Robin Fletcher and Riley - Smith along
with distillery architect William Delme - Evans , also known from Tullibardine,
Glenallachie and  advised Macduff distillery, bringing new live and hope to the
Island.

The unique Vintage  1 9 6 3  Oloroso sherry casks from Gonzalez Byass have done
their bit to create a rich and full - bodied masterpiece.

Willie Tait Brand Ambassador for the Jura Single Malt Whisky

Willie Cochrane Master Distiller Jura Distillery.

Nosing & Tasting

VINTAGE   1 9 9 9                                    

A beautifully handcrafted and heavily peated malt. But the joy here is that the bonfire
smoke is tempered by the soft vanilla and floral notes of the Bourbon wood. It's a
stunning combination of peat smoke, pine wood and lemon grass.

VINTAGE  1 9 9 5:

The first taste ushers forth light, seductive and warming flavours. It's an enticing
spectrum of creamy toffee, citrus and vanilla layers. Ripe pear, crushed apples
and a hint of spicy cinnamon provide the perfect aftertaste.

VINTAGE  1 9 9 3:

This malt is, without question, a sensual delight. It will excite, surprise and satisfy
your taste buds with its subtle array of flavours: rich citrus marmalade, crushed
almonds, spicy ginger and roasted coffee. It's warm, deeply mature and inviting.
Pure luxery in a glass.

Prophecy

Our story begins in the early 1700's when the Campbells of Jura evieted a wise
old seer blessed with the gift of the third eye - the ability to foresee the future.
Bristling with resentment, she prophesised that when the last Campbell left the
island he would be one - eyed and his belongings would be carried in a cart
drawn by a white horse.

Over time the story became legend, the legend became myth and the prophecy
drifted from memory.

Until 1938, when Charles Campbell, blind in ine eye from the Great War, fell on
hard times. It was cold, unforgiving morning when he made his way to the old
pier for the last time, travelling on a cart drawn by a single white horse.

The seer;s prophecy had come to pass.

"That day, the sound of the cart on the track could be heard for miles"Allan Mac-
Donal - witness to a legend.

Meticulously crafted from a selection of the finest and rarest aged Jura single malt
whiskies, Prophecy is a profoundly peated spirit. Peat Smoke, fresh cinnamon and
spicy sea spray lead the first assault. Finally the tarry bonfire notes slowly give
way to hints of soft liquorice and nutmeg.

Bottled in a traditional style without chill filtration to preserve the true character and
deliver an authentic taste of 1938 . As such you may detect a gentle haze. This is
perfectly natural and does not effect the essence of the spirit.

THE  PAPS  OF  JURA

Dominating the Jura skyline from almost every conceivable direction are the three
highly  distinctive Paps of Jura.

This trio of steep - sided  quartzite mountains rise out of the south western half of
the island to a height of 785 m (2.576 ft) and give the island its onforgettable profile.

They are so named because of their similarity to female breasts. Rather considerately, the summits of these dark, rounded forms are invariably covered in
mist , protecting one might say, Mother Nature's dignity.

Jura is an island rich with tales and legends, and unsurprisingly, stories abound
about the Paps. There are a few that occupy that uneasy land between myth and
reality and provoke many a dram - fuelled discussion.

On any given night, you' ll still hear the locals talk of Cailleach a'Bheinn Mhor, the
Witch of Jura, who apparently responsible for the deep glacial scar that runs down
the side of Beinn a' Chaolais. You may even be told that the Paps are, in fact, the burial chambers of giant Norse warriors, a claim often vehemently countered by a handful that believe they were rocks thrown from Ireland by the great Finn McCool.

So many remarkable stories from a remarkable island. And best accompanied by a remarkable whisky.
It 's the one thing we can assure you is real.

October 2012
A 30 years old single malt whisky has
added to the range of Isle of Jura:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Standing Stone, is in Gaelic  "Camas an Staca "and the largest of the  8 standing stones on Jura.Matured is an American white Oak cask and finished 3 years in a oloroso sherry butt from Gonzalez  Byass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

2006        A 40 years old is released
2007        United Spirits buys Whyte & Mackay
              The Delmé - Evans, 18 years old is released
              A 8 years old heavily peated is released
2008       4 different expressions are released, Elements
2009       Prophecy, a peated version is released
              3 Vintages are released, Paps of Jura
2010       3 Boutique Barrels are released
             The Anniversary 21 year old is released
2012       The Elixer ie released,  12 year old
2013       Camas an Staca, 1977 Juar and Turas Mara are released

Uncover the truth with Jura 1984 Vintage
In the late 1940s, George Orwell retreated to Jura in search of solitude, arriving with only a typewriter, a motorcycle and a few basic provisions. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the era-defining novel penned during his stay, we soon discover that nothing is what it seems.

In the late 1940s, George Orwell retreated to Jura in search of solitude, arriving with only a typewriter, a motorcycle and a few basic provisions. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the era-defining novel penned during his stay, we soon discover that nothing is what it seems.       
In anticipation of the big reveal, we redacted our website and social media in true totalitarian style and released a few censored snippets about the launch to come.

Then on November 13th, we lured a lucky few into our very own dystopian nightmare complete with harsh, oppressive décor, propaganda posters and a small army of Ministry officials to keep comrades in check. Fortunately, the Jura-led resistance proved too strong in the end and guests were liberated into a palatial whisky lover's paradise and encouraged to enjoy a well-deserved dram of our limited edition single malt.

The truth is, with only 1,984 individually numbered bottles released, its intense and completely uncensored flavour is a privilege reserved for only the bravest revolutionaries. Visit jurawhisky.com to buy an extraordinary bottle of the rare and richly aromatic Jura 1984 Vintage - just make sure Big Brother isn't watching before you enjoy a dram.

Inside, Jura is a classic 1960s distillery – large rooms, a clear flow from a semi-lauter tun, stainless steel washbacks, and a capacious stillhouse with very tall (7.7m) stills with capacity in excess of 20,000 litres. Clearly it was not built solely to satisfy the thirst of the local populace. Relatively short ferments give Jura’s background rigidity – meaning that this is a whisky that needs time (or active casks) to open fully.


Whyte & Mackay’s master blender Richard Paterson is a great advocate of ex-Sherry casks and while the bulk of Jura is aged in ex-Bourbon and refill, in terms of single malt bottlings the Sherried element has a higher presence, adding some dried fruit sweetness.

Peated malt began to be run for a small period annually from the late 1990s onwards. This is blended with unpeated in some expressions, as well as on its own.

Although the large southern Hebridean island of Jura has always been sparsely populated, it has a fascinating distilling heritage. It was on 18th century Jura where it was reported that the natives made spirit from rowan berries, as well as using the bitter fruit to acidulate their whisky punch.

Illicit distillation took place, but there was a legal site in the island’s only settlement, Craighouse, in 1810 licensed to the island’s owner Archibald Campbell. There is debate as to whether there was a legal distillery in Lagg.

The distillery went through a number of names: Craighouse, Small Isles, Caol nan Eilean, Jura, and owners without garnering any great fame until 1901 when it was among many to close in whisky’s first great sales slump. The cost in running a remote island site is always expensive and a lack of direct transport to the mainland [all ferry traffic still has to go via Islay] also counted against its survival.

It was these economics which ruled Jura out of the distilling equation for over six decades. Then, in 1963, two of the island’s landowners, Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith, decided to start whisky-making once more – predominantly as an incentive to stop any further decline in the island’s population. With financial backing from Leith-based blenders Charles Mackinlay & Co., the famous designer William Delme-Evans was hired and a large, modern distillery was built which was further expanded in 1978 to its current size. In 1985, Invergordon Distillers bought Mackinlays and from there the firms were folded into Whyte & Mackay.

It began being sold as single malt in 1974, and the range has grown steadily since. The start of peating saw some smoky whisky being included in the no-age Superstition brand, launched in 2002, while a 100% smoked Prophecy was released in 2009.

1810
Small Isles Distillery is founded on the Isle of Jura by Archibald Campbell
1853
Richard Campbell leases the distillery to Norman Buchanan
1867
Buchanan goes bankrupt, and J&K. Orr assume control
1876
The distillery's license is acquired by James Ferguson & Sons
1901
At the start of the 20th century the distillery is closed and stripped bare
1960
Charles Mackinlay & Co rebuilds and extends the distillery; in the same year the business is purchased by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries
1963
Spirit spills from Jura's stills for the first time in the 20th century
1974
Jura appears as a single malt for the first time
1985
Invergordon Distilleries purchases Isle of Jura
1993
Whyte & Mackay takes over Invergordon Distillers
2002
Jura launches Superstition
2007
Whyte & Mackay is taken over by Indian group United Spirits
2009
Peated malt, Prophecy, is launched
2014
Whyte & Mackay is sold on to Filipino company Emperador for £430m

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
2.2
CONDENSER TYPE i
Tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
54hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
4.75
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam pans and coils
MALT SPECIFICATION i
0-0.5ppm
MALT SUPPLIER i
Bairds
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
0ppm
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
71%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
4,500
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Lantern
STILLS i
4
WAREHOUSING i
Racked
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
24,150
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Lantern
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
48,300
WASHBACKS i
6
WATER SOURCE i
Market Loch
YEAST TYPE i
Kerry
OWNERS

Emperador Distillers Inc logo
PARENT COMPANY

Emperador Distillers Inc
2014 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Whyte and Mackay Group
1995 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Invergordon Distillers
1985 - 1995
Scottish & Newcastle Breweries
1960 - 1985
Charles Mackinlay & Co
1960
James Ferguson & Sons
1876 - 1901
J&K Orr
1867 - 1876
Norman Buchanan
1853 - 1861
The Campbell Family
1810 - 1853

WILLIE COCHRANE, JURA
He’s the former Jura distillery manager renowned throughout the Scotch industry for his friendly persona and whisky knowledge. But this summer it was time for Willie Cochrane to hand over the reins at Jura to Graham Logan and embrace a well-earned retirement – though by no means a quiet one.
Willie Cochrane Jura distillery
Willie Cochrane: The renowned Jura distillery manager has led a colourful life on the island
‘What happened was, if you go back a long time ago to 1977 when I started at Jura distillery, I was in the lowliest job available. So in the distillery you had the mashman, stillman and tun room man. Now, because my background was in engineering, I quickly progressed from being the mashman to the stillman, which was the next step up.
‘I had only intended to stay on Jura for a year, but I was progressing and my wife Rose also got a job on the island, so that made life a bit more bearable here.
‘We decided we’d stay for another year. But then what happened was the manager left the distillery and the assistant manager asked me if I wanted a job as a brewer. So again, we decided to stay on the island.
‘Jura gets into your blood – it’s that kind of place. I love it. And I was fixing people’s cars – I was a mechanic before in Glasgow, where I’m from – I had a good life. I’ve always enjoyed working with tools; I’m a hands-on kind of guy.
‘My favourite part of the job? Obviously all the different styles of whisky and bottles of whisky that I have been making over the years. A major part of my job is meeting and greeting people. I love to meet people coming from all over the world. I’ll be sitting in my office and someone will say: “There’s a group on a tour and they want to meet you.” I always loved that part of the job; I love making people feel welcome on the island.
Island life: Jura is the type of place that ‘gets into your blood’, says Cochrane
‘I’ve done some travelling as well, though. I went to Japan for Whisky Live Tokyo about 10 years ago and I loved that. But I took an illness and that stopped me travelling. So what the company said was rather than you go, we’ll bring them to you. So I entertain them on Jura and I look after them.
‘I was on 3 Men in a Boat for the programme and I met Prince Albert of Monaco on Jura. I looked after him for a day. He was staying in the lodges. I took him shooting and obviously he had a big entourage, and we had a TV chef cooking for him as well.
‘Before he went away, I said to him: “Do you fancy a pint?” And so I went to the pub with the Prince of Monaco – he was a really nice chap. I also looked after Ian Botham, the cricketer, when he came to Jura.
‘My favourite whisky on the shelf is Jura 16-year-old, that’s my dram of choice. But I love the One for the Road. I am very honoured to share that Jura, it’s beautiful. I still can’t believe the guys at the distillery did that for me. It really is a very, very nice gesture.
‘I will miss working here. There are over 100,000 honorary Diurachs – that’s the Gaelic word for the community of Jura – and people who sign up get a business certificate, and my name’s probably on 99% of them. They’re like my children; some email me saying: “Hello daddy”.

Willie Cochrane Jura distillery
One for the road...: Willie Cochrane insists he won’t be turning his back on whisky entirely
‘Though I’m retiring, I’ll still be doing some ambassador work for the distillery and consulting. I don’t think I could turn my back on it completely... I love Jura, it’s a part of me.
‘The thing that always got my wife was that she didn’t see the grandchildren as often as she could have living on the island. I have three children and four grandchildren. It’s expensive travelling back and forth all the time, but hopefully now we’ll have a bit more time to see them.
‘My wife was a school secretary and marriage registrar on Jura. Our house is the registry office and people get married in our home. Sometimes I had to be the best man or photographer. I think she’s married about 30 couples, from people in London to people coming from Canada and local people – even my children got married in the house.
‘When it comes to whisky heroes, I am not just being biased but I always look up to the men who work in my distillery. They work 12-hour days. These guys constantly do it and they are the best at what they do. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with them all. I love the island and that whole world. It’s always about Jura, so I look up to all the guys.
‘I’ve always liked fly fishing so I hope I’ll have more time to enjoy that now I’m retired. I always liked football and I support my Rangers football team. It’s quite controversial, though – as my other half supports Celtic.’

WILLIAM DELMÉ-EVANS
He may not enjoy quite the renown of architect Charles Doig, but William Delmé-Evans was a central figure in Scotch whisky’s post-war distillery building programme, numbering Tullibardine, Jura and Glenallachie among his projects
Drawing board: William Delmé-Evans’ contribution to post-war Scotch is often underestimated
Each period of ‘boom’ in the Scotch whisky industry has seen the design and construction of new distilleries to meet growing demand. During the Victorian era, the best-known distillery architect was Charles Doig of Elgin, but the post-Second World War upturn in Scotch whisky’s fortunes saw another designer make a significant contribution to Scotland’s distillery landscape. His name was William Delmé-Evans, and he was a Welshman, with French blood in his lineage.
Delmé-Evans was born in 1920 and studied at Wellingborough College in Northamptonshire. He first visited a Scotch whisky distillery at the age of 12 and, by chance, a school friend happened to be the son of an excise officer. So, during the holidays, the young Delmé-Evans spent a great deal of time around Scottish distilleries, becoming fascinated with them as a result.
He trained as an agriculturalist and then as a surveyor, buying a farm in Northamptonshire, but a bout of tuberculosis ruled out war service or anything else that was too strenuous, and he found himself with lots of time in which to study the science and engineering of distilling.
As Delmé-Evans himself recalled, when I interviewed him in 2002: ‘It was at this stage of my life that I decided to build an up-to-date gravity-flow distillery. When I was almost fully recovered I went to stay with my school friend, and on one of these holidays his father announced that he was going to retire.

Island life: As well as building Jura distillery, Delmé-Evans put in an airstrip nearby
‘Knowing my desire to build a distillery, he found an advert in the paper for a disused brewery in the village of Blackford in Perthshire. The well that they drew the water from was still in existence, and I managed to get a sample and send it for analysis.
‘The result came back and I knew the water was almost perfect for distilling. By the end of the week I had purchased the building.’
He went on to explain: ‘With the help of my school friend’s father, who kept me right on the Excise requirements, I went ahead and built Tullibardine distillery. This was in 1947, and by 1949 the distillery was completed and commissioned to production.
‘By 1953, my own health was fading a bit. I had been working too hard. After a while, along came the firm Brodie Hepburn, who were whisky brokers, and I obtained a fair and reasonable price for Tullibardine.’
Delmé-Evans returned to his farm to recuperate, but three years later he was contacted by two major landowners on the Hebridean island of Jura, Fletcher and Riley-Smith. Concerned with increasing depopulation, they wanted to provide a source of local employment, and eventually it was decided to restore whisky-making to the island.

Glenallachie distillery
Speyside venture: Glenallachie was the culmination of all Delmé-Evans’ experience
The old distillery in Jura’s capital of Craighouse had closed in 1913, but it provided a basic footprint for the new venture. Delmé-Evans recalled: ‘During 1958 I started designing a distillery which just about trebled the production capacity of the old one, and, by 1963, Jura distillery was commissioned.
‘Although Jura is West Coast, and very close to Islay, the type of malt whisky it produces is completely different and is a fully-flavoured, almost a Highland, malt.
The new distillery was not created without the occasional problem, as Delmé-Evans recalled with a wry smile: ‘Eventually there were more than 400 men in total, working on the distillery, building houses and enlarging the nearby hotel.
‘The builders worked seven days a week, but we had some terrible times at the weekends, as most of them were either Celtic or Rangers fans and there were some awful fights on Friday and Saturday nights. Jura was an island with no policemen, and the local doctor had to patch men up after encounters in the hotel bar.’
Typical of the spirit of a man who took up golf at the age of 70 and could soon beat players with handicaps of less than 12, Delmé-Evans constructed an airstrip on the island, and then proceeded to obtain a pilot’s licence, buying a Cessna 172 aeroplane to minimise the inconvenience of the commute between his Herefordshire home and Jura.

Macduff distillery
Silent partner: Delmé-Evans never mentioned his involvement with Macduff, home to Glen Deveron malt
Delmé-Evans served as distillery manager at Jura until 1975, but as he noted in his 2002 interview: ‘No sooner had I opened Jura than Mackinlays [Mackinlay McPherson Ltd, a subsidiary of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries], whom I had brought in through Scottish & Newcastle Breweries as an outlet for some of our production and who owned half the shares in the distillery, wanted to build a Highland, Speyside, distillery.
‘I first of all had to find a site, and then design the distillery and the buildings. It was quite a lot of trouble to find the right water, but I did, and I had it piped down from Benrinnes to a site that I had purchased near Aberlour.
‘This was a big chance to put together all the knowledge I had gained over the past few years. By this time, I had worked out the velocities of the vapours being distilled and was able to design the actual stills, with all this knowledge behind me. I designed all the plant and the layout of the buildings.’
Glenallachie began production in 1968, and as far as the ‘official’ version of William Delmé-Evans’ professional life is concerned, his fame rests on the creation of three Scottish distilleries. However, this is not the whole story.
Back in 1960, he had been engaged by a consortium of Glasgow-based whisky brokers, including Tullibardine owner Brodie Hepburn Ltd, to create a new distillery just outside the Moray Firth port of Macduff. The Macduff distillery was to produce a single malt marketed as Glen Deveron.
Part-way through the distillery’s construction, however, and allegedly after disagreements with the consortium, Delmé-Evans resigned from his post, and for the rest of his life, never mentioned his involvement with the project.
William Delmé-Evans died at his Herefordshire home in 2003 at the age of 83, having made an all-too-often underestimated contribution to the growth and modernisation of the Scotch whisky industry in the decades following the Second World War.

Jura Lodge. Vivian Imerman, partner of Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz, a South African  entrepreneur, bought Whyte & Mackay in 2001 and Vivian Imerman fell in love with Jura
and saw the potential of Jura Lodge and commissioned a Paris - based but American - born interior designer to remodel the Lodge. The price for one night was 2500 pound.


‘NEW DAWN’ FOR JURA AS IT OVERHAULS RANGE
March 2018
Jura distillery is completely overhauling its entire range of Scotch whiskies in what’s being called the ‘biggest launch in its history’.

Jura's new whisky range
Complete overhaul: Jura’s new whisky range will look entirely different come April 2018
The island distillery is replacing its existing range of Scotch whiskies with a completely new line-up that introduces a new flavour direction for the brand.

From April 2018 Jura’s core range of Origin, Superstition, Diurach’s Own 16 Year Old and Prophecy will be removed from sale.

The expressions will be replaced with five new bottlings – including a ‘refined and stylish’ bottle design – created around a new signature style, combining subtle smoke with sweetness from American white oak barrels and ‘enhanced’ with a Sherry cask finish, described as a mix of Highland and Island styles.

The whiskies in Jura’s new range include:

Journey, a no-age-statement single malt matured in American oak barrels with a Sherry cask finish, is the entry-level whisky in the range. Bottled at 40% abv, the whisky is said to have notes of rich fruit and gentle smoke, and will be available for around £33.

Jura 10 Year Old will be rolled out to global markets following its exclusive launch in the US in 2017. Matured in American oak barrels for 10 years, the expression has been also finished in oloroso Sherry casks before being bottled at 40% abv. It will retail for around £38 a bottle.

Jura 12 Year Old has also been finished in oloroso Sherry casks following a full 12 years in American white oak barrels, giving it ‘subtle smoky notes with a sweet Sherry cask finish’. The expression, also bottled at 40% abv, will only be available in selected markets for around £45 a bottle.

Seven Wood is the second no-age-statement bottling in Jura’s new core range. A 42% abv vatting of single malt whisky matured in seven types of French oak and first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels, it’s said to feature notes of peach, candied orange and subtle smoke, and will be on sale for around £59.

Finally, the core range is complete with the launch of Jura 18 Year Old, a single malt matured for 18 years in American oak barrels before being finished in red wine casks. Described as exhibiting notes of toffee, black forest fruits and bitter chocolate, the whisky will be available globally for around £75.

New dawn: Jura distillery is taking its whisky in a new direction, with a combination of Island and Highland styles\\
Jura’s new range will be rolled out globally in an effort to ‘appeal to new drinkers’, in what’s being called ‘a new dawn’ for the distillery.
Graham Logan, Jura distillery manager, said: ‘This marks a hugely significant step for Jura.  A new house style of whisky is not for the faint hearted but it tells you where we are now and how committed we are to Jura, the community and our whiskies for the long term.
‘Combining two styles of whisky is a fairly unorthodox approach, but one that we know is right for Jura.  We can’t wait for people to try and it and see for themselves.’
The core range will also be complemented by a new line-up in global travel retail, which was announced in October last year.
The Jura Travellers Collection (previously known as the Jura Sherry Cask Collection) is a range of four whiskies matured in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in Pedro Ximénez casks that will be also go on sale in April.
Built in 1963, Jura is the only distillery in operation on the Hebridean island. Despite the island being rich in peat, the distillery only peated a couple of its whiskies very lightly – Supersition which launched in 2002, and Prophecy which launched in 2009.
Today owned by Whyte & Mackay, which also owns Dalmore, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn distilleries, Jura will introduce the lightly peated flavour across the entirety of its core range.

Kirsteen Beeston, global head of brand for Jura, said: ‘Jura is on the brink of something quite remarkable… The new style of whisky was the first step on this journey and one which we feel is a huge step forward in terms of flavour and product consistency. There is so much richness with Jura and we now confidently feel we have landed on a proposition with real consumer resonance and a range of whiskies with strong appeal.

April 2018
The wholesale revamp of Jura’s single malt range is just the latest chapter in the fragmented history of this island distillery. Has Jura found its place on the whisky map at last?  

Jura distillery
Bright future?: Jura’s new direction is an attempt to create a coherent house style
The history of Scotch whisky on the Hebridean island of Jura is littered with landmark dates: the opening of the original (legal) distillery at Craighouse in 1810; its closure almost a century later, followed by dereliction and ruin; reconstruction in the early 1960s, with spirit running from Jura’s stills again in 1963.
But, according to Daryl Haldane, head of whisky experience at Jura’s current owner, Whyte and Mackay, March 2018 is as important as any of the dates that have gone before.

Last month saw the unveiling of a wholly new Jura: a five-strong core range of single malts, comprising three age-stated whiskies and two NAS malts, unified by a taste profile that aims to combine Highland and Island styles – soft, fruity, with a hint of peat.
It seems a brave move when you consider that Jura was the fourth fastest-growing single malt in sales terms last year. After all, if it ain’t broke…
‘What we realised was that we needed to do something else,’ says Haldane. ‘There was a bit of confusion about what Jura was. It became quite difficult to define our house style at Jura.’
A fragmented history all too easily creates a fractured identity. The ‘old’ Jura was known variously as Small Isles, Craighouse and Caol nan Eilean before settling on the name it has today.
It produced a heavily peated spirit more in line with its Islay neighbours, from its illicit beginnings in the late 18th century through the visit of Alfred Barnard 100 years later, until its closure in the wake of the late Victorian whisky slump.

Post-1910, Jura wasn’t merely mothballed; the roofs of the buildings were removed in 1920, reputedly to avoid having to pay tax. By the time that local landowners Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith set about resurrecting the distillery 40 years later, there wasn’t much to work with.

This was not some misty-eyed, romantic single malt revival, but a practical scheme to tackle the depopulation of the island. When Barnard visited Jura in the mid-1880s, the population was almost 1,000 (and had been even higher); by the end of the 1950s, it was 150. ‘The community is something that’s essential – it’s a crucial part of the Jura story,’ says Haldane. ‘Over the years, depopulation had been felt quite drastically.’

The whisky world had changed during Jura’s half-century of stagnation. The plans of Fletcher and Riley-Smith depended on the support of the blenders – in this case, Leith-based Charles Mackinlay & Co, absorbed shortly afterwards by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries.

That meant no return to the peated spirit and relatively small stills of Barnard’s day, but instead some of the tallest and largest pots in the business, designed to create the light spirit demanded by the consumer tastes of the day.

Jura made its debut as a distillery-bottled single malt in 1974, but it would be more than another 20 years before it began making peated spirit again – initially for the lightly smoky Superstition, and then the more overtly peaty Prophecy.

Fragmented history, fractured identity: which was the real Jura? The heavily peated malt that can trace its history back to the Small Isles era, or the nutty, sometimes mineralic, light spirit of the distillery’s revival? The answer in 2018, it seems, is a bit of both.

Jura new range

Jura’s core range includes three age-stated and two NAS single malts

For distillery manager Graham Logan, the essence of Jura is the combination of tall stills and American oak, ex-Bourbon casks. ‘The main thing [about the stills] is that they’re 25ft tall,’ he says. ‘There’s lots and lots of copper, lots of reflux. It’s a light, floral, fruity new make spirit. We’ve got a very pure water supply [Market Loch], and a balanced system creates consistency in the final spirit.

‘What helps us is a nice, even maturation in our warehouses. While you were all having the snow and ice the other week, we had rain. In the winter, the average temperature is 6C; in the summer, it’s 10C. That’s some of the things that define Jura for me.’

‘There’s a lovely vibrancy about the spirit style,’ adds Gregg Glass, blender and whisky maker at Whyte and Mackay. ‘It’s quite hard to define, but as a whisky maker, it’s great when you pair it with a suitable cask.

‘You should be picking up some lovely, zesty fruitiness. Our [new] signature, subtle smoky element at the end is more of a clean smoky character, rather than a dirty peat that you might get from an Islay whisky.’

This is peatiness, as Haldane puts it, used as ‘the salt and pepper at the end of cooking’, an analogy echoed by Glass. ‘There’s this misconception that all of a sudden we’re all about peat,’ he says. ‘Not at all. Like you say, it’s a seasoning. It’s like this craze of chocolate with chilli – but if you’re able to taste the chilli, someone’s done a bad job.

‘It’s all about accentuating the distillery character. This is not a peated whisky. It’s peated whisky, but it’s not a peated whisky. It should be a gentle whisper in the background.’

Glass has worked on the Jura revamp alongside Whyte and Mackay master blender Richard Paterson for the past 18 months, since he joined the company from Compass Box, but the rethink has been ongoing for much longer than that.

This is epitomised by Jura Seven Wood, one of two NAS single malts in the new range alongside Jura Journey.

‘My first question when I joined the company was: why Seven Wood?’ says Glass. ‘Whisky making and distillation, I would say, is an iterative process. It can develop and morph over time, particularly for the Seven Wood. That particular project has been almost a decade in the making.’

It all sounds very Richard Paterson: seven different wood types, including American white oak – Jura’s ‘perfect natural partner,’ says Glass – and six types of French oak used for finishing. Six?

‘French oak is more about areas, rather than the type of oak,’ explains Glass. ‘The eastern forests – Vosges, for example – have a tighter grain, whereas Limousin has a wider grain and provides a different character.’

Seven Wood uses oak from the Vosges, Jupilles, Les Bertranges, Allier, Tronçais and Limousin forests, of which Glass picks out Vosges (‘almost milk chocolate characteristics’) and Bertranges (‘tropical fruit’) as key.

‘What I’m getting at is that seven woods might sound really strange – why that number? – but there is actually a lot of thought and liquid development that’s gone into making the product,’ says Glass.

Seven Wood: The new NAS malt uses six types of French oak from different forests

This sums up the Jura rethink as a whole: the creation of a coherent house style, still recognisably Jura in the mineral-edged, cereal-accented nutty dryness of Jura Journey, and the overlaying of different cask influences to create diversity and to loosen the spirit’s tightly-bound nature when young.

Thus ex-oloroso Sherry casks bring out an almost bitter, darkly fruity, chocolatey character in the 12-year-old, and red wine casks (‘top-notch Pauillac, although I can’t say where they’re from exactly,’ says Glass) create a triptych of smoke, sweetness and spice in the 18-year-old. All the time, first-fill ex-Bourbon casks underpin everything.

‘We’re focused on first-fill ex-Bourbon very heavily,’ says Glass. ‘There is some refill, but we’re very careful about that balance.’

Logan interjects. ‘We’re an island, we have two ferries and it can be quite hard to get new casks in the winter – so sometimes we have to use refill!’

Jura has sometimes been accused of being a single malt out of sync with its surroundings, as if its blender-influenced 1960s revival created a spirit looking outwards at the demands of the wider world, rather than remaining true to its own Hebridean roots.

If the revamp of Jura is partly an attempt to overturn that perception, it also recognises that it cannot ignore the past 55 years of its history, or the realities of what the distillery is equipped to produce.

After more than 200 years, has Jura finally found its true identity within the wider whisky world? Only time and the reaction of single malt drinkers will be able to answer that question.

RICHARD PATERSON CHOOSES WHISKY UNDERSTUDY
September 2016
Dalmore owner Whyte & Mackay has appointed Gregg Glass, whisky maker at Compass Box, as blender and whisky maker working under master blender Richard Paterson.

Gregg Glass Compass Box
Gregg Glass: The Compass Box whisky maker will move to Whyte & Mackay in December
Glass, who joined Compass Box Whisky as whisky maker in 2005, will join Whyte & Mackay on 1 December 2016, reporting to Paterson.

Scotchwhisky.com undersands that Glass is being trained as Paterson‘s successor for when the time comes for him to retire.

However, Whyte & Mackay has made no announcement regarding any plans for Paterson – who celebrated 50 years of working in whisky earlier this month – to step down in the near future.

Glass will be based mainly in Glasgow, but will also travel and provide support to Paterson when needed.

A statement from Whyte & Mackay said: ‘Gregg has gained a wealth of experience within the whisky industry most recently with Compass Box Whisky where he was whisky maker based in London.

‘Richard will be sharing the stories, knowledge and skills that he has learned over the last 50 years with Gregg in order to preserve the legacy of Whyte & Mackay. However, there will be no change to Richard’s role and he has no plans to hand over the reins.

‘Gregg’s appointment is designed to support Richard and allow him to focus his time on the things he loves, including creating new whiskies and promoting Scotch whisky to the world.’

After graduating with a Master of Arts from Glasgow University, Glass achieved his General Certificate in Distilling and is currently working toward an Institute of Brewing and Distilling Diploma.

He also spent time as a seasonal tour guide at Glen Ord distillery while studying at university.


JURA 12YO JOINS COASTAL COLLECTION
05 June 2018
Family-owned independent bottler Douglas Laing has unveiled a Jura 12-year-old single cask as the next bottling in its Coastal Collection, a series of whiskies celebrating the distilling heritage of Scotland’s islands.

Jura 12-year-old Coastal Collection bottle and tube
Divine provenance: The Jura 12-year-old single cask is said to evoke 'dark fruits and rich spices'
The single cask whisky has been matured in a refill oloroso Sherry butt and bottled at a strength of 48% abv.

Fred Laing, chairman of Douglas Laing & Co., said: ‘For this very limited Provenance collection, we have specially selected only four single casks which we believe truly bring to life their maritime heritage.

‘This latest Jura release is a beautiful balance of dark fruits and rich spices from its Sherry butt maturation, alongside that archetypal Jura character.’

Released under the bottler’s Provenance label, only 383 bottles will be available to purchase globally for a price of £44.99.

The whisky is non-chill filtered and has not been coloured by spirit caramel, in line with Douglas Laing’s self-proclaimed philosophy to bottle whiskies ‘as the distiller intended’.

The bottle keeps to the collection’s nautical theme, emblazoned with illustrations of ropes, rock oysters and ‘moody maritime colours’.

The Coastal Collection also contains a Bunnahabhain 12-year-old single cask whisky, along with two as-yet-unannounced bottlings due to go on sale later this year.


JURA ONE FOR YOU CONCLUDES COMMUNITY SERIES
June 2018
Jura has launched a cask strength, 18-year-old single malt to close its community-focused range of whisky releases: Jura One For You.

Jura One For You bottle and carton
Final instalment: Jura One For You was created in homage to Diurachs all over the world
Jura One For You, matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and virgin American oak quarter casks, is the final instalment of a three-part series celebrating Jura’s community, and the islanders – known as ‘Diurachs’ – living all over the world.

The island distillery said the use of new oak added ‘extra character’ to the flavour of the whisky, which has been bottled non-chill-filtered and naturally coloured at a cask strength of 52.5% abv.

The three-whisky collection began in 2016 with One For The Road, marking the retirement of Jura distillery manager Willie Cochrane, and continued last year with Jura One And All, celebrating Jura’s community and distillery workers.

Jura One For You has been created to honour Diurachs around the world who share the spirit of the island community.

‘This special limited-edition expression has been created with our extended community in mind; with flavours of honey, vanilla, almond and white chocolate, it is the perfect whisky to toast those who embrace the Jura spirit worldwide,’ said Graham Logan, Jura distillery manager.

Visitors to the Jura distillery Islay Festival open day on 31 May were able to buy the new expression, which was brought to the island by RIB the night before, ahead of its general release.

Priced at £130 a bottle, Jura One For You is available now in select markets, including the UK, Germany, France and Asia.

October 2018
Jura Travel Reatail Collection:
Jura The Sound, Jura The Road, Jura The Loch, Jura The Paps 19 year old
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