A Little Jura in the Night

Good friends came to enjoy dinner with us this evening. Mark brought a bottle of Jura whisky which I had given him as a thank-you for looking after Joe The Dog.  He hadn’t yet sampled it, so we had a post-prandial bottle-opening session. This is the whisky I like best – robust, yet not heavy and with hints of oak and notes of honey and caramel, soft liquorice and roasted coffee beans (OK, I got that from the Jura Distillery site – it just tastes like a stonking good whisky to me!). Mark only knew that this was a Scottish whisky, so I showed him the Island of Jura on Google Earth and then some photos of the place. This is my favourite place out of all those I have visited in the world. That’s why it features in The Butterfly & The Bull. Although it’s only about seven miles from the Scottish mainland, it has a wild and isolated feel about it.  It is rugged, with wild moorland and rocky coastlines.  And yet, at Jura House, there exists the most luxuriant walled garden with shrubs, herbs, vegetables and herbs galore. About one hundred and fifty people live on the island. There is one road, one hotel, one store, one distillery.  In the novel, I envision an island bereft of its absentee landowners, its tourist trade and its reliable links with the mainland.  The island community pulls together to bridge the gap between one set of circumstances and another. They are helped in this by one of their own. Colin McKay. A modest genius. The character is based on a real Juraman I met in 2009. He liked the local whisky, too, as I remember.


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6 responses to “A Little Jura in the Night

  1. A little night music to my ears…

  2. Old Laughing Lady

    Did Mark enjoy this excellent single malt……

    • You have never seen a man enjoying his whisky as much as he did! He was beaming all over his face and looking forward to our next meeting. It is a grand little snifter, I must say.

      • Old Laughing Lady

        Gordon cracked open a bottle of Jura at Ne’erday, I didnt try it but you may have talked me into having a wee taster. My favourite has to be McCallan.

        Now someone once told me that a malt should be served with a dash of water, some say just an ice cube while I prefer it just as it comes…….

        The closest I have been to Jura is when we took a trip in the sea leopard across Corryvreckan, we stopped in the Bay of Pigs for coffee. The area was covered in jellyfish. One day we may manage to get there, in the meantime we will continue to discover Scotlands other hidden gems and well kept secrets. To Sutherland and beyond….

  3. I thoroughly recommend the Jura. Gordon is clearly a man of guid taste. I’m a great fan of the McAllan, though – a fine whisky.
    I’m a “nae watter” man myself. It seems like sacrilege to dilute something which has taken ten years or more to come to a fine maturity.
    I’ve anchored in the Bay of Pigs many’s the time – never with jellies, though. I agree that there are plenty of hidden gems in Scotland to keep anyone happy for a lifetime.

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