Jura distillery

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

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 Glasgow founded and based Whyte and Mackay, which in turn is owned by Philippines-based Emperador Inc.[1]

OwnerWhyte & Mackay


The copper stills

The distillery was founded by the Laird of Jura, Archibald Campbell in 1810. The distillery fell into disrepair but was restored in 1884. Around 1900 it was again in disuse and dismantled. In the 1950s two local estate owners, Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith keen to revive the local economy had the distillery rebuilt and expanded by the architects Lothian, Barclay, Jarvis & Boys with input from whisky and distillery expert William Delmé-Evans.[2][3] The work was completed in 1963, and included the installation of taller stills, allowing the distillery to create a mix of malts.

Timeline of OwnershipEdit

  • Emperador Distillers Inc (parent company) 2014[1]–present
  • Whyte and Mackay Group 1995–present
  • Invergordon Distillers 1985[4] - 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 of Jura Family 1810–1853 [5]


Jura Single Malt Whisky 10 years old
  • "Origin" – a ten-year-old whisky, a non-peated malt having a "heather honey" finish[citation needed]
  • "Diurachs' Own" – sixteen years old, rich and full-bodied in nature[citation needed]
  • "Superstition" – a single malt "lightly peated with hints of smoke and spice"[citation needed]
  • "Prophecy" – a heavily peated malt, bottled without chill filtration. In the early 1700s, the Campbells of Jura evicted a man who prophesied 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.[6][7]

The locationEdit

Jura Two-One-Two whisky was named after the 212 inhabitants of the island of Jura.

The island 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. Less than 200 people live on the island (while it has a red deer population of around 5000). The inhabitants of Jura are known as Diurachs, which is their Gaelic name.

"Extremely unget-at-able" was how George Orwell described the location of the Isle of Jura in 1946, and it was here in 1948 he completed his novel Nineteen-Eighty-four: the island remains difficult to reach today. Most travelers to Jura go by Caledonian MacBrayne 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. From March to October there is also a passenger ferry from Tayvallich on the west coast of Scotland.[8]

Brand ambassadorsEdit

Willie Tait is one of two brand ambassadors. He began working at the distillery in 1975, and worked as a tunroom man, mash, stillman under manager, distillery manager and master distiller, before taking the role of brand ambassador.[when?] In 2011 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Malt Advocate magazine.[9]

Willie Cochrane, the other brand ambassador, started at the Jura distillery as a mash & still operator in 1976. Soon after, he was promoted to the dual roles of brewer and engineer. After thirty years, he became the distillery manager.


  • Gold Quality Award from the international quality institute Monde Selection, 2006.[10]
  • Jura Prophecy: Gold (Best in Class), International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2010
  • Jura Diurachs' 16YO: Gold (Best in Class), International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2010
  • Jura Superstition: Double Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2009[11]
  • Jura Origin 10YO: Silver, International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2010

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "BBC News - Philippines firm Emperador buys Whyte & Mackay for £430m". BBC News. 9 May 2014.
  2. ^ Clow, Robert (14 June 2009). "Obituary: Geoffrey Jarvis". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Scottish Architects - DSA Building/Design Report (October 16, 2019, 2:29 pm)". scottisharchitects.org.uk. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Brewery firm in £17.5m whisky deal". Aberdeen Evening Express. Scotland. 14 October 1985. Retrieved 23 October 2021 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Scotch Whisky". scotchwhisky.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Jura Whisky". jurawhisky.com. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Jura Whisky". isleofjura.com. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  8. ^ "home - Jura Passenger Ferry". jurapassengerferry.com. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  9. ^ MaltAdvocate.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  10. ^ usl. "USL-Search Result". unitedspirits.in. Archived from the original on 29 May 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  11. ^ Results Archived 1 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009

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