Illicit whisky distilling occurred on Jura for centuries, and early incarnations of the spirit were made using locally grown rowan berries. In 1810, a legal Jura distillery was founded by the Laird of Jura, Archibald Campbell. It soon fell into disrepair, and was revived and dismantled numerous times. However, in the 1950s, two Jura landowners, Robin Fletcher and Tony Riley-Smith, decided to reconstruct the distillery in order to revive the local economy. By 1963, the distillery opened and began production, founding the Jura as we know it today. A single malt expression was launched in 1974, and the range grew steadily over the years, In 2018, Jura went through a considerable revamp, and introduced a new range of whiskies with a lightly smoky character.