Established in 1810, the distillery fell into disrepair and closed in 1901. In 1963, after years of economic depression, the islanders felt it high time to revive the economy by rebuilding Jura’s distillery from scratch.
On a mission to produce a spirit unlike anything else, the distillery manager William Delmé-Evans, went to extreme lengths to ship unusually tall stills to ‘the most un-get-at-able place’ (George Orwell). It’s the reason why you can taste the difference in every drop.
Today the distillery is as important as it was in 1963, positioned at the heart of the island community.
On the nose, smouldering cocoa nibs and rich rice pudding. Baked apples follow, sprinkled with spice and raisins, and drizzled with creamy chocolate sauce. Leathery touches develop.
Rich and rounded palate, with an initial burst of barrel char halted by milk-chocolate-covered raisins and toffee sauce. The char rumbles along behind, rising at the end with a plume of soft peat smoke.
Smoky bonfire-baked apples fade to leave a hint of mint and menthol finish.
ABV = 40.0%.