Whisky Focus - Jura Single Cask To Be Auction For Scottish Mental Health Charity

Jura Single Cask Auction For Scottish Mental Health Charity


21st September 2020
Jura Distillery Cask, a 19 year old single cask whisky which will be auctioned off in aid of the Scottish mental health charity - Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Jura 19 Year Old Distillery Cask No 1708 SAMH bottling.

We rarely see an official, original distillery, single cask bottling from the Isle of Jura distillery but that is exactly what the island distillery owners Whyte & Mackay has just generously bottled to be auctioned off to raise funds in aid of the Scottish mental health charity SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health).

To aid the SAMH charity Jura has selected a Jura 19 Year Old single malt whisky which was distilled and laid down to mature in Jura Cask No 1708, an ex-sherry butt, on 1st May 2001, it was then hand bottled at a cask strength of 55% ABV on the 10th August 2020 on the Isle of Jura, home to a tiny island community of just 212 people.

The Jura Cask No 1708 ex-sherry butt produced 470 bottles, all of which will be auctioned off online via the Whisky Auctioneer website from Friday 25th September until Monday 5th October. All proceeds from the online auction will be donated to SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health).

The auction forms part of a wider effort led by Whyte & Mackay employees to fundraise for mental health charities around the world. The team set themselves individual challenges to together clock up enough miles to virtually run, walk, cycle or row around the world.

The challenge Ė Whyte & Mackay Cares - was inspired by the heroic feats of Captain Tom Moore in the UK. Since starting the challenge in June, the team has virtually travelled twice around the world.

Graham Logan, Distillery Manager at Jura Distillery, said: "Our new charity release is a fantastic 19 year old that has aged for its whole life in an ex sherry butt. The distillation from our fantastically tall stills gives the spirit a light citrus and grassy character. Long summers and protection from the cold by the gulf stream in winter have really helped the maturation process over the years. Once opened the whisky noses wonderfully of fruit, vanilla and toffees, and reminds me of Christmas to taste. This is a classic Jura dram nurtured by our dedicated island team."

Daryl Haldane, Head of Whisky Experience at Whyte & Mackay, said: "I have been so impressed by my colleaguesí passion to support communities where our colleagues, friends and consumers live during the pandemic. The speed and creativity which has allowed this new whisky to reach public auction is outstanding and I am incredibly proud of the teamís efforts to get us here. All of the funds raised from the auction will go directly to SAMH, a charity which has been instrumental in providing vital mental health support to people throughout the pandemic."

Iain McClune, Founder of Whisky Auctioneer, said: "Now more than ever mental health is of utmost importance and itís a privilege to bring this Jura 19 year old to auction in support of such a worthwhile cause as SAMH.

"Our audience of whisky collectors and enthusiasts will no doubt be enamoured by this classic Jura dram and Iím certain the auction will inspire a huge amount of interest both in the UK and further afield".

The Jura Distillery Cask is said to carry a nose full of liquorice toffee, ginger biscuits, peach and subtle vanilla. On the palate is a rich mouthful of raisins, with a subtle touch of sea spray and cinnamon. The finish is described long and rewarding, with a nutty note of marzipan.

SAMH has a dedicated Coronavirus mental health information hub for anyone looking for help or support during the pandemic, which can be found on its website - www.samh.org.uk

To find out more about the auction and register your interest, visit www.discover.whiskyauctioneer.com/jura-charity-auction

If you want to explore the current Jura whisky range you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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