Distillery/Producer/Bottler InsightsJura Distillery

1st July 2021

On a small island in the Hebrides, with just 212 inhabitants, you will find the Jura distillery.

Founded in 1810 by the Ferguson family, it is home to some of the tallest stills in Scotland, at over 28 feet high. In 1901 the family suffered a dispute with the Laird of Jura and the distillery was dismantled as a result.

It lay dormant until the Mackinley-Mcpherson distillers rebuilt the site in 1963, this brought a much needed industry to the tiny island community, who have come to depend on the iconic stills as a source of local work and community spirit. Despite being only 100 miles from the centre of Glasgow, the journey to the island is no easy task, in fact the first distillery manager William Delmé-Evans, learned how to fly, instead of battling with the fearful corryvreckan in the sound of Jura.

Jura Distillery, Summerton Whisky Club

Images © Jura Distillery

The Distillery is now in the well guided hands of Whyte & Mackay, and has continued to support the island economy by quietly re-investing in community projects and infrastructure. As you approach the distillery, walking past the palm trees on the quay, and the seals sheltering in the harbour, it’s easy to see where the malt takes on the characteristic oily, salted fruit, with the hint of smoke.

Jura Distillery, Summerton Whisky Club

Operating in a typically different way, the Jura distillery runs 28 mashes per week of unpeated malt, with a final two week run of heavily peated production at 45ppm before closing down for the summer maintenance and rest. This unique way of managing the spirit is what allows the blenders to create flavours ranging from light and delicate, to a spirit that rivals the powerhouses on Islay, just 5 minutes away by boat.

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DISTILLERY INFO

Jura Distillery, Summerton Whisky Club
NAME

Jura

ADDRESS

Craighouse, Isle of Jura,
Craighouse,
Scotland,
PA60 7XT

WEBSITE

www.jurawhisky.com

DATE ESTABLISHED

1810

ANNUAL CAPACITY (l)

2.2 Million LPA

WATER SOURCE

The Loch a’Bhaile Mhargadh

MALT SPECIFICATIONS

Laureate, Concerto, Chronicle, Sassy

MALT SOURCE

Bairds (unpeated) Crisp (peated)

YEAST TYPE

M/MX Dry (MS1) (Dry yeast used in case weather means we can’t reach the island)

GRIST WEIGHT (T)

5

MASH TUN TYPE

Lauter

WORT CLARITY

Clear

WASHBACKS (QUANTITY)

6

WASHBACKS (SIZE)

24,500L

WASHBACK TYPE

Stainless Steel

FERMENTATION TIME

54 hours

WASH STILLS (QUANTITY)

2 x lampglass

WASH STILLS CHARGE

24,500L

SPIRIT STILLS (QUANTITY)

2

SPIRIT STILL CHARGE

16,000L

CONDENSER TYPE

Shell and tube

NEW MAKE STRENGTH

FILLING STRENGTH

63.50%

WAREHOUSING

4m Litres on the island