Jura Whisky’s celebrated Distillery Manager Willie Cochrane has just retired after an incredible 39 year career. To mark his contribution to the distillery, community and the industry itself, Jura today releases ‘One For The Road’: a limited edition 22 year old single malt, complete with exceptional ‘Pinot Noir’ finish and the final expression to be bottled in his care.
Willie’s story is extraordinary – he first came to the island as a young mechanic, with little knowledge of whisky and the intention of staying for only one year. He soon fell in love with the art of whisky making, the community and the island itself and steadily worked his way up to become of the industry’s best-loved figures.
Over the next 39 years, Willie became a celebrated part of the very fabric of Jura, renowned in the industry for his friendliness and expertise and earning prestigious titles for the whisky. A true ambassador for the brand, Willie has welcomed thousands of visitors from across the globe to the distillery, guiding them through the quality craftsmanship and dedication that goes into producing each cask of Jura.
Willie Cochrane said: “One of the perks of my job is meeting people who have travelled to the island from far and wide to share their appreciation for whisky with me and the team at the distillery. Now that I have the opportunity, I can think of no better way to repay the favour than releasing one final expression – one for the road – to share with them.”
As he bids farewell, Willie will embark on a European-wide tour, introducing One The Road to whisky lovers across the continent. From 17th Sept – 1st October 2016, Willie will visit Brussels, Lyon, Hamburg, Paris, Cologne and Stockholm to meet whisky fans and conduct tastings of the limited edition, One For The Road expression. This specially bottled 22 year old single malt, complete with exceptional ‘Pinot Noir’ finish, celebrates Willie’s 39 year career with Jura, and the story of one of whisky’s best loved characters. A must-have collectable for whisky fans, only 5,000 bottles (47% ABV) are available globally with an RSP of £120.
Graham Logan, the newly appointed distillery manager said: “Nobody embodies Jura’s spirit quite like Willie, so it’s a fitting tribute to a man who has contributed so much to our small, but passionate island. I’ll be raising a glass alongside the rest of the community as we wave Willie off on his next adventure.”