News: Willie Cochrane – JURA – geht in den Ruhestand

Eben haben mich Nachrichten von JURA erreicht: Willie Cochrane geht nach 39 Jahren in den Ruhestand und übergibt an Graham Logan.

Es war großartig, Willie kennenzulernen. Ich wünsche ihm alles Gute für den Ruhestand und Graham viel Erfolg in der neuen Rolle!

(Pressemitteilung, JURA)

A Fond Farewell: Jura Distillery Manager Willie Cochrane Retires

Diurachs raise a glass to one of whisky’s most celebrated characters

Jura Single Malt Whisky today, 16 May, raises a glass to much-loved Distillery Manager, Willie Cochrane, as he retires after an incredible 39 year career.

He hands over the reins to Graham Logan, a former Jura Mash/Stillman who has worked at Willie’s side for over two decades, helping Jura become the thriving success it is today.

Willie has been a ‘Diurach’ – the Gaelic term for the community in Jura – since 1977, when he arrived on the island planning to stay for just a year. Initially he had little knowledge of whisky, but his passion was ignited and he proved his talent for crafting extraordinary single malts by working his way up from Mash/ Stillman to Distillery Manager 11 years ago.

He became a celebrated part of the very fabric of Jura, renowned in the industry for his friendliness and his expertise, 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.

Graham Logan und Willie Cochrane
Neuer und alter Distillery Manager von Jura: Graham Logan und Willie Cochrane

Willie Cochrane said: “Jura is just as important to me now, as it has been for the last 39 years. I’ll find it hard to walk away completely, so I’ll still be involved in promoting the whisky from time to time. Definitely not a quiet retirement but one I’m very excited about, especially as I’ll have more time for the grandchildren, and to take holidays abroad with my wife! Graham and I have worked together for years and I know he’s the right man for the job. I’ll sleep well at night knowing the distillery is in capable hands, with someone who loves Jura just as much as I do.

Graham has followed the same path as his mentor, starting out as a Mash/Stillman 25 years ago before working his way up to Distillery Manager. He first set eyes on Jura aboard the deck of the HMS Liverpool, while passing by in his previous role as a marine engineering mechanic in the Royal Navy – little did he know that his Father had accepted a job on Jura and he’d soon be calling it home. Six years later, Graham swapped life at sea for the ‚water of life‘ when a job came up at the distillery.

Together, Willie and Graham have overseen a number of limited edition bottlings, such as Camas An Staca and Tastival 2015.

Graham Logan said: “Willie Cochrane will be a hard act to follow – he is something of a legend and rightly so. Willie played a huge part in making the distillery the success it is today and has been an asset to the quality of the whisky that we produce. I hope to be able to put my own stamp on the distillery, while maintaining the same level of craftsmanship and, overseeing some fantastic new bottlings.


* Jura Malt Whisky is the proud collector of many awards and accolades for its unique taste. Here are just a few of them:

ORIGIN

  • Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015
  • Silver at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

DIURACHS’ OWN

  • Silver at International Spirits Challenge 2015
  • Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015
  • Gold at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

SUPERSTITION

  • Silver at International Spirits Challenge 2015
  • Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015
  • Gold at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

PROPHECY

  • Silver at International Spirits Challenge 2015
  • Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

21 YEAR OLD

  • Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015
  • Gold at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015

30 YEAR OLD

  • Silver at International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015
  • Gold at Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2015