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Isle of Jura Scotch Whisky Distillery History  

The distillery is near to a cave where illegal distilling is known to have been carried out since the 1600s and was established in 1810 by the Laird Archibald Campbell.


The whisky distilled at that time was a characteristic peaty Islay style malt whisky – not at all like the present day product. The distillery was let out to many people over the years. Eventually it was leased to a James Ferguson in 1875 and renovated in 1884 records show that it was distilling 65,000 gallons per year.


In the early 1900’s the Ferguson’s seem to have been in disagreement with the then Laird Colin Campbell and decided to relinquish the Jura distillery, they dismantled and sold the machinery, which they had installed.  Later the roofs were removed to avoid paying rates and the distillery fell into ruin. It seemed that whisky distilling on Jura had come to a permanent end.


In the 1950’s Robin Fletcher owner of Ardlussa Estate and Riley-Smith owner of Jura House and Ardfin Estate had meetings to see how they could solve an anticipated jobs and population crisis on the island. The reopening the distillery to see if new people could be attracted to the island was considered. They were joined by farmer, distiller and architect Delme’ Evans. Together they eventually raised financial support to rebuild the distillery.


During the 1960-63 period the distillery was reconstructed by the Jura Distillery Co Ltd with financial support from Mackinlay McPearson Ltd as part of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries


Delme’-Evans designed and built the new distillery on the site of the old ruined one. He said of his plans “My primary aim was to construct an economic distillery within the space available. Everything had to be simple and fall to hand. You could not afford to complicate things in so remote a location.” “Everything had to be designed in such a way that the new Jura malt could be produced. “It was our intention to produce a Highland-type malt differing from the typically peaty whisky last produced in 1900. I therefore designed the stills to give spirit of a Highland character, and we ordered malt which was only lightly peated.”

The new distillery was opened on April 26th 1963 and employed a quarter of the island’s male workforce.


In 1978 the number of stills were increased from two to four. In 1994 the Jura distillery was acquired by Whyte & Mackay with a brief spell from 1996 to 2001 with JBB Europe before returning to Whyte & Mackay.  


Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery BottlingsCore Expressions




Diurachs' 16 Year Old


Isle of Jura Limited Edition Distillery Bottlings


Jura Tastival Bottling

21 Year Old

30 Year Old Camas an Staca

Vintages  1977

Boutique Barrels 1993, 1995,1999


Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings

5 Year Old 1999

10 Year Old

18 Year Old

21 Year Old Cask strength

Vintage 1973, 1984, 1989


Special Island Edition- 59.98% The Delme-Evans Select.

27 Year Old Stillmans Dram

30 Year Old

33 Year Old

36 Year Old

40 Year Old

Jura Boutique Barrels Vintage 1995, 1999,

Jura Elements "Air"

Jura Elements "Earth"

Jura Elements "Fire"

Jura Elements "Water"

Jura Paps - Beinn Shiantaidh -The Sacred Mountain

Jura Paps - Beinn A’ Chaolais - Mountain of the Sound

Jura Paps - Beinn An Oir –Mountain of Gold

Isle of Jura Vintage 1974

Isle of Jura  Delme-Evans


Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings




Chieftain' s

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Coopers Choice

Dun Bheagan,

Murray McDavid,

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Old masters (James MacArthur)

Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Scotts Selection



Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).

Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Island Region Distillery on Jura

Isle of Jura Distillery, Jura,


PA60 7XT

Tel: +44 (0)1496 820240


Isle of Jura Distillery Visitor Centre Information


Please Contact the distillery to confirm before travelling


Contact +44 (0)1496 820240

Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery StyleTasting Notes


Nose: Light and salty. Floral, citric with a trace of smoke.


Palate: Light to medium bodied. Sweet and malty, heather, slightly salty and a trace of peat.


Finish: Long, malty and salty.

Jura Tasting Notes Jura Tasting Notes

Founded in 1810 by the Laird Archibald Campbell.

Location Island Region whisky from Jura

Water Source Loch a Bhaille Mhargaidh


Isle of Jura Scotch Whisky Distillery Equipment

Malting Port Ellen Islay or Simpsons of Berwick

Stainless Steel semi-Lauter Mash Tun

6 Stainless steel washbacks

4 pot stills (27ft8.2m Tall, “Waisted” with Broad Necks with gently sloping Lyne arms  Constructed by MacMillan of Prestonpans)

Standard casks: Refill whisky.

Bond Five warehouses on site eight racks high- 27.000 casks

Isle of Jura Recent Awards

Jura 10 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Silver Winner at the 2010 IWSC Awards


Isle of Jura Superstition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Bronze award winner at 2005 International Wine and Spirit Competition

Gold Winner at the 2009 SFWSC Awards.


Isle of Jura 16 years old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Bronze award winner at 2004 International Wine and Spirit Competition

Gold Best in Class at the 2010 IWSC Awards


Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky Prophecy

Gold Best in Class at the 2010 IWSC Awards.