A fine celebration in store for Jura's 50th anniversary

This year is the 50th anniversary of the famous Jura Brewery and they have a packed programme in store this year to celebrate. There will be live music, interactive displays, whisky tasting and even story telling session at the 2013 Jura Whisky Festival, which is a well established part of the Islay Whisky Festival or Fèis Ìle.

At the back end of the 50’s. After decades of neglect, Tony Riley-Smith and Robin Fletcher, 2 local estate agents, employed the architect William Delme-Evans to lovingly rebuilt the Jura distillery. The work was completed by 1963 and it provided a much needed boost to the economy of the isolated island community, The distillery went from strength to strength and has created a range of whiskies that is both eclectic and multi award winning.

As part of the two day festival on 29 and 30 May, visitors to Jura will be able to hear about the rebirth of Jura distillery first hand and experience some of the finest malts Jura has to offer, including: Delme Evans Select, Festival Bottling 2013, Turas Mara and a rather unusual 39 ¾ year old whisky!

Master Blender Richard Paterson will be leading the tasting Master Class for this year’s unique festival bottling, a marriage showcasing the best of Jura’s heavily peated and sherry styles, containing whisky aged in a 1963 Vintage sherry butt, tying this new whisky right back to the reopening of the distillery 50 years ago.

The liquid celebration of the anniversary doesn’t stop there, as a lucky few will get to taste a whisky specifically created to recognise the work of distillery architect William Delme Evans.

Just over 500 bottles of the Delme Evans Select were released in 1988 and it completely sold out. But the distillery held some bottles back, and visitors to this year’s festival will be the last in the world to enjoy this special spirit which was created using the very stills designed by the man whose name is on the bottle.

In another first for the Jura Festival, there will be a whisky masterclass held at sea, with a 40 minute guided cruise around the small isle bay and a chance to taste the newest edition to the Jura range – Turas Mara.

Meaning “long journey”, this travel retail exclusive was inspired by a poem by island resident Jessie Scott who wrote an ode to Jura when she emigrated from the island in the 1800s. A plaque with the poem has pride of place on the beach at the point where she left the island.

Meanwhile, Paterson will also be hosting an exclusive pre-launch of the Jura 40 year old – which at the time will only be 39 ¾ years old – with festival goers getting the chance to create the tasting notes to go along with the whisky when it officially launches some time in 2014.

For more information on the Jura Distillery Whisky Festival please visit www.isleofjura.com  or email shop@jurawhisky.com