The Isle of Jura, only reachable by ferry from the neighboring Islay, has just one road, one hotel, one restaurant and little else to service the 180 people who live on the island. New life came to the Jura distillery in 1963, having been built on the bones of a shuttered old distillery (1810-1898). The barreling regimen of this subtle-styled distillery is 1/2 heavily peated whisky blended with 1/2 unpeated whisky aged in American oak and finished in Oloroso sherry casks to make a drink less aggressive than its Islay neighbors. The newly released 10 year old has vanilla and light peat in the nose which grows with aeration. The impression is one of more delicacy and subtlety than most popular Highland scotches. 80 proof.