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Jura Distillery Manager, Graham Logan is retiring, following three decades of service.
Graham Logan’s Jura journey began in November 1991, when he joined as a trainee mashman following his time working as a Royal Navy Engineer.
“I remember my first visit to the island vividly,” recalls Logan. “I got a letter from my parents saying they had moved to the Isle of Jura. When our ship passed by a few weeks later, I only saw four houses and thought to myself ‘What have they done?’ Soon after, I moved to join them and instantly fell in love with its remote charm and strong sense of community. I haven’t left since.”
Over the next 25 years, Logan rose through the ranks to become the Distillery Manager in 2016, succeeding Willie Tait, who held the role from 1985 to 1999.
“It’s been an honour to serve the island and our distillery all these years. Jura is a lot more than just a whisky – and the work that we do here is truly special. I look forward to seeing Jura’s bright future ahead and I know the distillery is in good hands” adds Logan.
Jamie Muir, island-born and bred, returns home to become the new Manager. Starting his career at the distillery in 2006, Muir moved to mainland Scotland to experience other distilleries and further hone his skills. Muir’s return marks the beginning of a new era for the single malt.
“It’s a real full-circle moment, returning to Jura as Distillery Manager, having started my career here 16 years ago. I grew up on the island and have memories of football matches with Willie and sharing drams with Graham, so to follow in their footsteps is a real honour,” comments Jamie.
Graham Logan marked his retirement at the London Whisky Show, appearing alongside Willie Tait, whisky maker Joe Ricketts and Jamie Muir. At the Jura Whisky Festival, Logan launched his own very special release of the Jura single malt. A hand-selected recipe, it offered a perfect taste of the distillery’s character – fruity, aromatic and coastal. Laid to rest in Warehouse 2, cask number 1777 was bottled at 58.9% ABV and limited to just 200 bottles.
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