We are Michael, Charlotte, Mark, Faye, Amy and a community of around 250 people and 5000 deer based on the Isle of Jura, or to go by it’s Gaelic name, ‘Diùra’.
More deer than people
Jura has always been home to more deer than people. Which is how it got its name:‘Diùra translates to Deer Island… which is where the story really starts.
Deer Island Distillers is our (Michael and Charlotte) only child and born out of a conversation we had back in 2019, where Michael quite simply said he loved rum and would like to try and make some one day, to which Charlotte replied ‘Ok let's do that’. We then roped in our besties: Mark to do all the design work and Faye to be a taste tester and we got started. Amy joined the team in May 2021 as our first (formal) employee!
The centre of what we do
Jura itself is at the centre of what we do. All of our decisions, including the initial decisions to start this venture, are driven by our desire to support our island community. Our mission is to create jobs, support the economy, support local projects and to leave something behind for future generations.
Though we are still a tiny producer and are just starting out, we aren’t going to wait to get started on implementing some stuff that will help us deliver on our mission.
Anyone who follows the company (or any of us on social media) will know island life can be quite different! We are very lucky to live in one of the most amazing places on the planet that offers residents new adventures on a daily basis. These adventures may be long walks on the paps or winter sea swims, or they may be building your own house, or looking after your land. Due to the lack of services on the island, Diurach’s have to do a lot themselves. There are three initiatives we have rolled out to try and support the community on this front:
Our story is really just getting started so please keep visiting the website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date of what we are doing, both on the island and with product launches.
We hope to see you on the island soon.
Charlotte & Michael