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January 14, 2020

Jura Whisky with Master Distiller Greg Glass

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Today’s guest pulled out all the stops! Greg Glass is the Master Distiller of Jura, a beloved brand from the Whyte & Mackay portfolio, and not only did he bring a TWENTY-ONE year old whisky, he holds the distinction of being the first and only guest to bring an edible bubble machine. (Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to see Pedro try to catch the bubbles in his mouth.)

What we drank:

Jura New Make (11:05)

Jura 10 (19:06)

Jura Seven Wood (24:48)

Jura 18 (33:03)

Jura 21 (41:41)

About Jura: From Wikipedia

The distillery was founded by the Laird of Jura, Archibald Campbell in 1810. The distillery fell into disrepair but was restored in 1884. Around 1900 it was again in disuse and dismantled. In the 1950s two local estate owners Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith keen to revive the local economy had the distillery rebuilt and expanded by the architects Lothian, Barclay, Jarvis & Boys with input from whisky and distillery expert William Delmé-Evans. The work was completed in 1963, and included the installation of taller stills, allowing the distillery to create a mix of malts.

The island of Jura is seven miles (11 km) wide and thirty miles (48 km) long and it has only one road, one pub and one distillery. There are seven estates on Jura: Ardfin, Inver, Jura Forest, Ruantallain, Tarbert, Ardlussa, and Barnhill. Less than 200 people live on the island (while it has a red deer population of around 5000). The inhabitants of Jura are known as Diurachs, which is their Gaelic name.

“Extremely unget-at-able” was how George Orwell described the location of the Isle of Jura in 1946, and it was here in 1948 he completed his novel Nineteen-Eighty-four : the island remains difficult to reach today. Most travellers to Jura go by CalMac car ferry from Kennacraig on the Kintyre Peninsula to Islay, and then cross to Jura from Port Askaig on Islay by the MV Eilean Dhiura, a small vehicle ferry which is run by ASP Ships on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council. Islay can also be reached by air: Islay Airport is served by daily flights from Glasgow. From March to October there is also a passenger ferry from Tayvallich on the west coast of Scotland.