Isle of Jura Distillery
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, Jura single malt has become one of Scotland's most famous. The history of distilling on the small island stretches back further than half a century, however, but is of chequered success. After the ban on home distilleries, an attempt in 1810 to resurrect production on the island lasted until the early 1990s, when the distillery was dismantled. In the 1950s, the crumbling buildings were repaired by two local estate owners, and the new distillery was providing spirit and employment by the end of 1963. Jura's classic bottlings are Origin (10 year old), lightly peated Superstition, Diurachs' Own (the name and apostrophe denoting this as the whisky of choice for Jura's inhabitants) and Prophecy, heavily peated and non-chill-filtered. Limited editions are also released, with access exclusive to 'Diurachs', the name given both to islanders and to the Jura whisky community. Distillery tours are free to all, Diurach or not, and include a complimentary dram.
- Open since: 1810