Distillery Opened Capacity Malting Floor Washback Type Number of Washbacks Number of Wash Stills Number of Spirit Stills
1810 2.3 million litres / Stainless Steel 6 2 2

Modern-day Jura distillery is built by Charles Mackinlay & Co. in 1960, but another establishment preexisted many years before just where Jura sits nowadays: in fact it was 1810 when Archibald Campbell founds a distillery names it Small Isles Distillery.
As for many other distilleries, Jura history can be considered two-phased, since opening and closing happened during the years with a few changes of property.

When Scottish & Newcastle Breweries obtains Charles Mackinlay & Co.,  big reconstruction and expansion take place and finally after decades, first distilling happens at Jura Distillery, in 1963.

In 1978 stills are doubled form two to four to expand production.

In 1985 Isle of Jura and others are acquired by Invergordon Distilleries, which 8 years later is acquired by Whyte & Mackay.
In 2014 Whyte & Mackay is sold to Emperador Inc.. At that time the Philippine spirits company may be the world's largest producer of brandy by far, but it may not be considered as  a global company. The acquisition of Jura and Dalmore brings growth to the company, which becomes one of the biggest drinks companies in the world selling in more than 100 countries.

Sales volumes for Jura single malt increased rapidly since 2010 and Jura is now the third most sold single malt in the UK after Glenfiddich and Glenmorangie.

  • 1810 Archibald Campbell founds a distillery named Small Isles Distillery
  • 1853 Richard Campbell leases Jura distillery to Norman Buchanan form Glasgow
  • 1867 Buchanan files for bankruptcy and J. & K. Orr takes over the distillery
  • 1876 Licence is transferred to James Ferguson & Sons
  • 1901 Ferguson dismantles Jura distillery
  • 1960 Charles Mackinlay & Co. extends Jura distillery
  • 1963 First distillation takes place at Jura distillery
  • 1985 Isle of Jura and others are acquired by Invergordon Distilleries
  • 1993 Whyte & Mackay (Fortune Brands) buys Invergordon Distilleries
  • 1996 Whyte & Mackay changes name to JBB
  • 2002 Isle of Jura Superstition is launched
  • 2004 Jura releases two cask strength in limited numbers
  • 2006 The 40 year old Jura is released
  • 2008 Jura releases a series of four different vintages, called Elements
  • 2014 Whyte and Mackay is sold to Emperador Inc.

Jura Distillery is equipped with one semi-lauter mash tun, six pair of stainless steel washbacks with a fermentation time of 54 hours. Jura stills are two pair and they are the second tallest in Scotland.

Jura has a total capacity of 2.3 million litres of alcohol per year.

Jura core products consist of:

  • Origin
  • Diurach's Own
  • Superstition
  • Prophecy
  • Jura Elixir
  • Turas-Mara
  • Jura Tastival
  • 22 yo
  • One for The Road

Image source: Jura Whisky official website