If you’ve had a long and tiring day, there are very few better ways to relax than to get home, put your feet up in front of the fire, switch on your favourite TV show, and pour yourself a refreshing glass of your favourite alcoholic beverage to help take the edge off things. We’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages for centuries upon centuries now, and they’re still just as popular now as they were back then, and what’s especially remarkable, is that when you look at all of the trusted tried and tested favourites such as brandy, rum, and whiskey, the distillation methods and the recipes themselves have remained pretty much unchanged for hundreds of years, testament to the old saying that “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”. We’re not talking about those fluorescent green, red, and blue drinks you can buy from most corner shops and off licences, we’re talking about true spirits, with Whiskey proving to be one of, if not the most popular of all. One type of whiskey that is actually growing in popularity lately is Jura whiskey which is what we’ll be taking a look at right now.
Jura whiskey – Jura Whiskey gets its name because it was brewed and distilled on the isle of Jura, or more specifically, first on the isle of Islay, then by default the isle of Jura. Located just off from the far West Coast of Scotland, it is widely believed that Irish monks were the first to bring the art of whiskey distillation first to the isle of Islay, located a stone’s throw away from Jura. As there were unlimited supplies of peat, and water due to lochs and rivers full of soft and pure mineral water, they grew a form of barley known as bere to brew the drink. Thanks to excise taxes introduced in 1644, heavy taxes were levied on whiskey which forced whiskey distillers to relocate to quiet and remote caves and glens so as to avoid getting apprehended. Enforcers of these laws and taxes however, steered clear of Islay for over 100 years, as the excisemen were fearful for their lives as the natives of the isle were regarded as feral barbarians and fierce fighters. Because the excisemen steered clear of the area, whiskey production thrived here, so much so in fact, that producers began exploring similar locations, including nearby Jura. They got to work on brewing, the years went by, laws and civilisation changed, yet the distillation techniques remained the same, and the areas are still home to a number of highly successful breweries, which is where we get Jura Whiskey.
Serving suggestions – This single malt scotch whiskey is smooth, refreshing, warming, and delicious and like most other single malts, can be consumed in a number of ways, although any true single malt fan will tell you that it would be sacrilege to serve it with mixers such as lemonade or coke, and some are even a little cautious about the use of ice cubes. Despite this however, it goes well with a number of mixers, as well as with hot drinks such as cocoa, tea, and coffee, and if it tastes nice to you, that’s all that truly matters.