Is Jura the forgotten island? Not by me. by Paul Mclean of MCLEANSCOTLAND WHISKY TOURS

Jura is found on Scotland’s west coast, next to its’ busy neighbour, Islay. Although not as busy and as many inhabitants, it has whisky – well just one distillery, more later. It does however also have deer and history in abundance! Jura has been inhabited since 8000 BC and had homes since 5600 BC oh aye, a wee while back. Even 10,000 BC has been put forward,  ok donder along to Lussa Bay and, 3 stone circles can be seen in Lussa Wood – believed to hold the oldest stone structure in Scotland. I do like history and scraping aboot.  Even better, I love delving into clan history, especially my own; Maclean. The Battle of Kura, a little know affray, June 768 AD, a fight between the Britons (Strathclyde) and Dalriada (Ulster as is now and the west of Scotland – I do insist on you doing your own discovery work on Dalriada),  this all came about around 258 AD, it is fascinating, do go and check this out, it is where Scotland and its’ language began. Wee note; the Maclean’s are related to the Kings of Dalriada.

Did I mention the Vikings were here? No, well they were, and it’s almost certain it was them who named this island “deer island”. The Norwegians gave up the island in 1266, it was then ruled and held for the Scottish king by those Macdonalds, Lords of the Isles. Here we go – in 1390 lands were given to Lachlan Maclean of Duart. Then in the early 1600’s those barbarous, land grabbing, devil worshiping, thieves (the Campbells) were given the isle and the Macdonalds driven out. The northern lands of Jura were still Maclean, we didnee get on too well with these savages, two big battles are known to have taken place; both 1647, Barnhill and Glen Garrisdale, all the hero’s of clan Maclean were killed, for years after there was a skull at the glen locally known as Maclean’s skull. In 1690 John Campbell (surname means crooked mouth by the way, very apt) took action against our hero’s , with constant eruptions between the two clans the Maclean’s were forced out but not before selling (canny chief) their lands to Donald McNeill of Colonsay. This 30 mile long and seven mile wide island is surrounded by the wild waters of the Atlantic, home to serene bays, seals and sea eagles. The Corryvreckan, a giant whirlpool at the north tip off the isle, the Royal Navy considers it to be one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the British Isles.  Jura’s only village Craighouse is where the distillery is located. The isle is some two hundred people strong (last counted),  in previous centuries there were as many as a thousand.

Here is a wee tale; a story goes, of an old woman, told prophecies, she saw the departure from the island of the Campbell chief. The last Campbell would have one eye and that all he owned would fit on a cart, drawn by a white horse. In 1938 Charles Campbell had one glass eye, all his goods were taken to the pier by a cart and white horse. Justice!!!  There is an alternative ending, rather than a horse, it was a white car – horsepower.  Which leads me nicely into the whisky! Jura Distillery;  Founded in 1810, it collapsed at the end of the 19th century and fell into ruin. Despite this and the two World Wars, the Diurach spirit remained. In 1963, it was rebuilt to help revive the small island community. Jura Prophecy (whisky)  heavily peated with a sweet and spicy finish. It’s said that centuries ago, an old seer prophesied that the last Campbell to leave the island would be penniless. In 1938, this came to be. To mark the legend, the seer’s symbol watches over every bottle. See? Told you so. Today you get to Jura from Port Askaig, although there are wee ferry companies who will take you from the mainland (no cars). Last time I was there, some wealthy Aussie was building a golf course and posh digs, will be there again pretty soon to be sure. PAUL MCLEAN

https://whiskytours.scot/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/is-jura-the-forgotten-island-not-by-me-by-paul-mclean-of-mcleanscotland-whisky-tours/

Is Jura the forgotten island? Not by me. by Paul Mclean of MCLEANSCOTLAND WHISKY TOURS

Jura is found on Scotland’s west coast, next to its’ busy neighbour, Islay. Although not as busy and as many inhabitants, it has whisky – well just one distillery, more later. It does however also have deer and history in abundance! Jura has been inhabited since 8000 BC and had homes since 5600 BC oh aye, a wee while back. Even 10,000 BC has been put forward,  ok donder along to Lussa Bay and, 3 stone circles can be seen in Lussa Wood – believed to hold the oldest stone structure in Scotland. I do like history and scraping aboot.  Even better, I love delving into clan history, especially my own; Maclean. The Battle of Kura, a little know affray, June 768 AD, a fight between the Britons (Strathclyde) and Dalriada (Ulster as is now and the west of Scotland – I do insist on you doing your own discovery work on Dalriada),  this all came about around 258 AD, it is fascinating, do go and check this out, it is where Scotland and its’ language began. Wee note; the Maclean’s are related to the Kings of Dalriada.

Did I mention the Vikings were here? No, well they were, and it’s almost certain it was them who named this island “deer island”. The Norwegians gave up the island in 1266, it was then ruled and held for the Scottish king by those Macdonalds, Lords of the Isles. Here we go – in 1390 lands were given to Lachlan Maclean of Duart. Then in the early 1600’s those barbarous, land grabbing, devil worshiping, thieves (the Campbells) were given the isle and the Macdonalds driven out. The northern lands of Jura were still Maclean, we didnee get on too well with these savages, two big battles are known to have taken place; both 1647, Barnhill and Glen Garrisdale, all the hero’s of clan Maclean were killed, for years after there was a skull at the glen locally known as Maclean’s skull. In 1690 John Campbell (surname means crooked mouth by the way, very apt) took action against our hero’s , with constant eruptions between the two clans the Maclean’s were forced out but not before selling (canny chief) their lands to Donald McNeill of Colonsay. This 30 mile long and seven mile wide island is surrounded by the wild waters of the Atlantic, home to serene bays, seals and sea eagles. The Corryvreckan, a giant whirlpool at the north tip off the isle, the Royal Navy considers it to be one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the British Isles.  Jura’s only village Craighouse is where the distillery is located. The isle is some two hundred people strong (last counted),  in previous centuries there were as many as a thousand.

Here is a wee tale; a story goes, of an old woman, told prophecies, she saw the departure from the island of the Campbell chief. The last Campbell would have one eye and that all he owned would fit on a cart, drawn by a white horse. In 1938 Charles Campbell had one glass eye, all his goods were taken to the pier by a cart and white horse. Justice!!!  There is an alternative ending, rather than a horse, it was a white car – horsepower.  Which leads me nicely into the whisky! Jura Distillery;  Founded in 1810, it collapsed at the end of the 19th century and fell into ruin. Despite this and the two World Wars, the Diurach spirit remained. In 1963, it was rebuilt to help revive the small island community. Jura Prophecy (whisky)  heavily peated with a sweet and spicy finish. It’s said that centuries ago, an old seer prophesied that the last Campbell to leave the island would be penniless. In 1938, this came to be. To mark the legend, the seer’s symbol watches over every bottle. See? Told you so. Today you get to Jura from Port Askaig, although there are wee ferry companies who will take you from the mainland (no cars). Last time I was there, some wealthy Aussie was building a golf course and posh digs, will be there again pretty soon to be sure. PAUL MCLEAN

https://whiskytours.scot/

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/is-jura-the-forgotten-island-not-by-me-by-paul-mclean-of-mcleanscotland-whisky-tours/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 311: Vital Spark 5 Year Old 2013 – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 311: Vital Spark 5 Year Old 2013

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, tries an undisclosed Ileach. Vital Spark is a release from the Meadowside Blending Co, which we are familiar with because of their releases of The Maltman and The Grainman. While it is not mentioned as such on the label, it is a public secret that this third batch is a single oloroso sherry cask of my beloved Caol Ila (which is not necessarily true for batch 1 and 2!). Oh, will you look at that color…

https://youtu.be/RB4ap-AZyfc

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/marks-whisky-ramblings-311-vital-spark-5-year-old-2013-scotch-whisky-news/

Laphroaig “Join us for FÈIS ÌLE 2020: #LaphroaigLive from Islay” – Scotch Whisky News

 

Hope you are all safe and well. It’s incredibly quiet here at the distillery. Whisky production on pause. Everyone self-isolating. Fèis Ìle cancelled.

However, as ‘glass-half-full’ kind of people, we are delighted to announce that our Fèis Open Day will go ahead – bringing our Friends around the world together virtually. Register at the link below to join our live tasting event on May 26th from 18:15pm (BST).

REGISTER HERE

Master Ambassador Simon Brooking and I will host tastings of 10 Year Old, Quarter Cask and Lore and discuss whisky, friendship…and…well, whatever you would like to suggest… Whilst we can’t open our distillery gates on ‘Open Day’, we will be open to any questions you have on the day. Submit your questions to Simon and I as we taste and we will answer as many as we can. Think of it as an informal #LaphroaigLive: No camera crews, no script, no room full of Friends… but a chance to sip a dram and share a toast together through the wonders of technology.

For those who need to restock, we have some tasting bundles here.

We can’t guarantee delivery before the live event due to the current situation we all face, however we will record the tasting which will be available for you to replay and enjoy again.

With Simon and I joining from our respective homes, we also wondered where you will be celebrating Fèis this year? Perhaps you have never been? Perhaps you go every year? Either way, we want to see your home bar, your armchair, your life-size replica of the Laphroaig kiln – whatever but always together with your favourite bottle of Laphroaig. Post your pictures on Instagram or Facebook with the tag #MyLaphroaigMoment for your chance to win a bottle of Càirdeas 2020 edition, 15 sample bottles to share with friends and an exclusive, private virtual tasting with me for you and your friends in July. We will choose the winner and our favourite image during the live session on May 26th!

…and if you still have time on your hands after posting your #MyLaphroaigMoment image, perhaps try this at home.

Slàinte,
John and the Laphroaig Distillery Team

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/laphroaig-join-us-for-feis-ile-2020-laphroaiglive-from-islay-scotch-whisky-news/

Love Scotch? Read on… – Whisky Magazine News

Reading that will pair perfectly with your next whisky…

Scotch Whisky
The Whisky Magazine Annual

If you’re anything like us, by now you’ve likely worked your way through every unread book and magazine on the shelf and even that junk mail that just came through the door is beginning to look like it might help pass the time…

Don’t do it! We have something far better for you to peruse while enjoying a dram from your favourite distillery: our new Scotch Whisky annual!

Packed with interviews, distillery focus features and blind tasting reviews, Scotch Whisky turns the spotlight on brands old and new, large and small.

This new title has been curated by Whisky Magazine’s Scotch Whisky Editor, Christopher Coates, and is a valuable addition to any whisky lover’s bookshelf.

Available in print and digital editions, Scotch Whisky forms the perfect ‘year in review’ for any whisky enthusiast looking to bring themselves up to date with the latest developments.

• 132-page ‘bookazine’ •

• Includes six in-depth interviews with the great and good of whisky •

• Distillery features on Highland Park, GlenAllachie, Macallan, Rosebank, Raasay, Glenturret and many more •

• More than 100 blind-tasted Scotch whisky reviews •

• Tasting notes and progress reports on unreleased spirits from some of Scotland’s newest distilleries •

Find out more!

Best wishes,

The team at

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/love-scotch-read-on-whisky-magazine-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 311: Vital Spark 5 Year Old 2013

Vital Spark is een release van de Meadowside Blending Co die we beter kennen van de releases onder het label The Maltman en The Grainman. Hoewel het niet met zoveel woorden op het label staat, is het een publiek geheim dat deze derde batch een single oloroso sherrybutt betreft van mijn geliefde Caol Ila (wat niet gezegd kan worden van batch 1 en 2!). Oh, dat kleurtje alleen al…

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6207

Win a Year’s Supply of Wemyss Malts Whisky! – Scotch Whisky News

Win a Year’s Supply of Whisky!

Happy World Whisky Day!

In honour of our 15th anniversary year, we’re giving one lucky person the chance to win a Year’s Supply of Whisky!

There’s two ways to enter: 

1. Buy a bottle of our Batch Strength blended malts and use the code YEAROFWHISKY at checkout for 10 entries into our competition. We’ll also give you £5 off delivery when you use YEAROFWHISKY at checkout.

2. Complete the form on our website for 1 entry into the competition

SHOP BATCH STRENGTH WHISKIES

A Year’s Supply of Whisky is equal to one bottle of whisky per month.
Terms and conditions apply – see website for details

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/win-a-years-supply-of-wemyss-malts-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Virginia Distillery Company Offer – American Whiskey News

Buy Two or More Bottles, Get $1 Shipping


Need a restock? Our Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is available for online purchase, along with our other award-winning products.

When you order two or more bottles, you’ll only pay $1 shipping.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/virginia-distillery-company-offer-american-whiskey-news/

Japanese Whisky Lockdown Episode 6 – Watch Now – Japanese Whisky News

Episode 6 of the Japanese Whisky Lockdown is just minutes away. Tune in now.

Discover the famous whisky from one of Japan’s most renowned distilleries.

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/japanese-whisky-lockdown-episode-6-watch-now-japanese-whisky-news/

Hard To Find Whisky Distillery Focus: Glenfarclas – Scotch Whisky News

Since 1685 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Highland Single Malt Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style.

BROWSE OUR FULL GLENFARCLAS RANGE HERE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/hard-to-find-whisky-distillery-focus-glenfarclas-scotch-whisky-news/