The 1950's saw plans to reopen the Isle of Jura distillery. To solve the problem of work for the islanders estate owners Robin Fletcher and Mr Riley-Smith got together with former distiller and architect Delme Evans to design and build the new distillery which opened on 26th April 1963.
Isle of Jura Distillery History
James Ferguson & Sons acquire and renovate
Reconstructed by Jura Distillery Co. Ltd (Mackinlay McPherson Ltd, part of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries)
Stills increased from 2-4
Whyte & Mackay
JBB (Greater Europe)
Owned by Whyte & Mackay
The Isle of Jura's remoteness provides a romantic note for its visitors who are able to enjoy its natural beauty, scenery and wildlife and take part in walking, climbing and exploring. The distillery sponsors the annual Isle of Jura Fell Race.
Isle of Jura Distillery Comments
Illegal distilling probably dates back to 1600's on this remote island. George Orwell wrote his famed novel "1984" on Jura, attracted there by the island's remoteness giving him the peace he needed to write.
The soft peaty water is good for making whisky and the very plain malt dried using warm air contributes to Jura's lighter and softer finish.