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Isle of Jura

In 1963, the spirit sprang from the Jura stills for the first time since the turn of the 20th century. The whisky distillery is the Isle of Jura’s one and only and underwent a substantial rebuild; nothing remained from the old buildings save for the walls. The buildings were designed by William Delmé-Evans who would later be the principal architect for the Tullibardine distillery. It was two local estate owners, Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith who employed Delmé-Evans to renovate the distillery in a bid to boost the local economy.

Despite the relative close proximity between Islay and Jura, the whiskies are rather dissimilar. Jura whiskies offer power, but none of the intense peat smoke of its Ìleach cousins from across the narrow channel between the two isles. The Isle of Jura distillery was founded by Archibald Campbell in 1810 and named the Small Isles Distillery. It was some eight years after the License Act of 1823 that William Abercombie obtained a license for the distillery, renaming it Isle Of Jura.

The name derives from the Old Norse for ‘deer island, a reference, most probably, to the large local herds of deer, which more than outnumber the isle’s human population. The most notable resident was George Orwell, who famously travelled to the isle on a bright, cold day to write '1984'. There have been several independent bottlings as well as an extensive official range which include the 2008 release of four vintages which make up the Elements series.

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About Isle Of Jura Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01496 820240

Distillery Founded

1810

Distillery Capacity

2 200 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Craighouse, Isle of Jura PA60 7XT

Distillery Owner

Whyte & Mackay

Distillery Website

www.isleofjura.com

1810

Archibald Campbell founds a distillery named Small Isles Distillery.

1831

William Abercombie obtains the first licence for Isle of Jura Distillery.

1853

Richard Campbell leases the distillery to Norman Buchanan from Glasgow.

1867

Buchanan files for bankruptcy and J. & K. Orr takes over the distillery.

1876

The licence is transferred to James Ferguson & Sons.

1901

The distillery closes and Ferguson dismantles the distillery.

1960

Charles Mackinlay & Co. embarks on reconstruction and extension of the distillery. Newly formed Scottish & Newcastle Breweries acquires Charles Mackinlay & Co.

1962

Scottish & Newcastle forms Mackinlay-McPherson for the operation of Isle of Jura.

1963

The first distilling after reconstruction takes place.

1978

Stills are doubled from two to four.

1985

Invergordon Distilleries acquires Charles Mackinlay & Co., Isle of Jura and Glenallachie from Scottish & Newcastle Breweries.

1993

Whyte & Mackay (Fortune Brands) buys Invergordon Distillers.

1996

Whyte & Mackay changes name to

2001

The management of JBB (Greater Europe) buys out the company from the owners Fortune Brands and changes the name to Kyndal.

2002

Isle of Jura Superstition is launched.

2003

Kyndal reverts back to its old name, Whyte & Mackay. Isle of Jura 1984 is launched.

2004

Two cask strengths (15 and 30 years old) are released in limited numbers.

2006

The 40 year old Jura is released.

2007

United Spirits buys Whyte & Mackay. The 18 year old Delmé-Evans and an 8 year old heavily peated expression are released.

2008

A series of four different vintages, called Elements, is released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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This is a sixteen year old Isle of Jura bottling from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Jura was the home to George Orwell when he wrote the eponymous Nineteen Eighty-Four. Maybe he needed a dram...  More info
$103.58
An "Advance Sample" Old Malt Cask bottling from the Jura distillery. This was distilled in May of 2003 and aged for 9 years in refill hogshead 8552 before bottling at 50% abv in May 2012. Delicious...  More info
$32.39
A special edition Jura released to celebrate the Islay whisky festival. Aged in a French Limousin oak cask which was chosen by a select group of Jura residents from the distillery's warehouses. It...  More info
$304.75
A 9 year old whisky from the Isle of Jura, bottled for Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This stuff was distilled in Spring of 2003, aged in a single refill hogshead and bottled in Spring of 2012...  More info
$60.02
A rich, dark single malt whisky from the Isle of Jura, this was distilled in 1976 before a 35 year maturation in a single cask (sherry hogshead number 888). It was bottled at cask-strength by Berry...  More info
$309.72
This is a delicious 9 year old from the Isle of Jura. It was distilled in Spring 2003 before a maturation in a refill hogshead. It was then bottled for the Provenance range.  More info
$61.91
A 1976 vintage whisky from Jura, matured for 35 years in a single sherry cask before bottling by Berry Bros. & Rudd. A superb sherried whisky from the only distillery on the Isle of Jura.  More info
$351.63
Duncan Taylor bottled this 14 year old Jura at a full 54% abv in October 2012.  More info
$184.97
A 1991 vintage from the Isle of Jura distillery, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
A 1992 vintage from the Isle of Jura distillery, aged in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
The 18 year old was release to replace the Isle of Jura 21, and this was matured in Oloroso sherry and American white oak casks.  More info
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The 10 year old from Isle of Jura, this one has all of the oily, malty, briny flavours you'd expcet from the island distillery.  More info
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Released at Fèis Ìle 2013 (the Islay whisky festival), this special release is from the Isle of Jura distillery, just across the water. A single cask release of 663 numbered bottles.

It is triple...  More info
$248.60
From Douglas Laing's marvellous Old Particular range of independently bottled whiskies comes a rather stunning single cask, single malt distilled by Jura. Back in March 1992, they filled hogshead...  More info
$158.64
A single cask Island malt from the Isle of Jura. This was distilled on the 6th October 1997, matured for 11 years in refill butt number 9211 before bottling by Signatory on the 2nd March 2009. A...  More info
A box set with the Paps trio from Isle of Jura. These are three 15 year old whiskies, limited to 1,366 bottles of each, and inspired by the Paps of Jura. The Mountain of the Sound single malt is...  More info
Mountain of the Sound! It sounds epic! This 15 year old Jura was finished in Cabernet Sauvignon casks and is part of the trio of 15 year old whiskies inspired by the Jura Paps, there are just 1,366...  More info
A very special single malt from Jura, inspired by the Isle's Mountain of Gold. This was finished in a Pinot Noir wine cask.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$174.47
A presentation gift set with a bottle of Isle of Jura Superstition with a telescopic pocket tumbler with which to drink your superstitious whisky. Superstition if a blend of old Jura malts and...  More info
$56.07
From the three whiskies in the Isle of Jura Paps range, celebrating the island's mighty mountains. Sacred Mountain was finished in Barolo wine casks.  More info
$155.54
Isle of Jura 1974
(70cl, 44.50%)
From Whyte and Mackay's Rare and Prestige range, this was finished in Gonzalez-Byass Matusalem Oloroso sherry.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
$1110.23
Part of a release of 768 bottles from the Isle of Jura. This Elements expression is dedicated to air, the air used to season the oak casks and their porosity (oh yeah!). The distillers describe them...  More info
$185.10
A release of just 684 bottles from the Isle of Jura Elements series. Each "Element" displays a different part of distillation. In this instance, Fire reflects the charred bourbon cask this 1998...  More info
$124.03
A 16 year old Jura, selected by Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich's Master Distiller. This was aged in bourbon barrels and finished in port casks before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery as part of an...  More info
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Released to celebrate 200 years of distilling at the Isle of Jura. This 21 year old was specially selected and finished in a 1963 cask that previously held Gonzalez Byass Oloroso sherry.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (1.0/5)
$158.75
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