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Glenturret


The beginnings of the Glenturret whisky distillery are rather vague at best. The owners claim the distillery is one of Scotland’s oldest and it is certainly rumoured that distillation was carried out in the area during the early 18th century, this was, though, by illicit means. It was in 1775, that the Hosh distillery was established by a group of smugglers. The buildings sit at the banks of the River Turret, not far from Crieff.

Today, the distillery is perhaps best known for its housing of the Famous Grouse Experience. The visitor centre is a top tourist draw and was installed in 2002, for the princely sum of £2.5 million. Famous Grouse is one of the world’s best-loved Scotch blends and Glenturret is said to be a component. In 1826, a distillery called Glenturret was established, though it closed a couple of decades later. It was in 1875, that the Hosh distillery adopted the name Glenturret, Thomas Stewart was the manager.

The whisky distillery was sadly closed for much of the early part of the 20th century. Following the acquisition by Mitchell Bros Ltd in 1903 the buildings were used as whisky storage. They deemed that whisky production would not be so lucrative. Mitchell Bros went into liquidation in 1929 and for some time the buildings were used for agricultural storage. Glenturret’s saviour arrived in 1957 in the form of James Fairlie who acquired the distillery and subsequently refurbished it.

Spirit ran from the stills once more in 1959 and, shortly after, the Glenturret distillery was acquired by Remy-Cointreau. Following purchase by Edrington and William Grant and Sons of previous owners, Highland distillers, the Glenturret distillery is under Edrington Group ownership. Glenturret holds its own place in the record books; The Guinness Book of World Records sites Towser, the now woefully deceased cat, as having caught more mice than any other; in her 23 years she is said to have caught 28,899 mice, the real question remains: who counted? There is but one official distillery bottling, though there are independent expressions.

Glenturret Whisky Distillery

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About Glenturret Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01764 656565

Distillery Founded

1775

Distillery Capacity

340 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

The Edrington Group

Distillery Address

The Hosh, Crieff, Perthshire

Distillery Website

www.thefamousgrouse.com

1775

Whisky smugglers establish a small illicit farm distillery named Hosh Distillery.

1818

John Drummond is licensee, until 1837.

1826

A distillery in the vicinity is named Glenturret, but is decommissioned before 1852.

1852

John McCallum is licensee until 1874.

1875

Hosh Distillery takes over the name Glenturret Distillery and is managed by Thomas Stewart.

1903

Mitchell Bros Ltd takes over.

1921

Production ceases and the buildings are used for whisky storage only.

1929

Mitchell Bros Ltd is liquidated, the distillery dismantled and the facilities are used as storage for agricultural needs.

1957

James Fairlie buys the distillery and

1959

Production restarts.

1981

Remy-Cointreau buys the distillery and invests in a visitor centre.

1990

Highland Distillers takes over.

1999

Edrington and William Grant & Sons buys Highland Distillers for £601 million. The purchasing company, 1887 Company, is a joint venture between Edrington (70%) and William Grant (30%).

2002

The Famous Grouse Experience, a visitor centre costing £2.5 million, is inaugurated.

2003

A 10 year old Glenturret replaces the 12 year old as the distillery´s standard release.

2007

Three new single casks are released.

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Distilled in 1977 and aged for 29 years before bottling at cask strength. Whisky Magazine gave this well aged Glenturret a "Recommended".  More info
$448.04
A single cask Glenturret. This was distilled on the 21st December 1979 and aged for 29 years in hogshead number 1439 before bottling on the 3rd December 2009. A release of 184, individually numbered...  More info
Distilled at Glenturret on the 21st December 1979 and matured in hogshead 1440 for 29 years before bottling on the 15th September 2009. This was bottled by Signatory and is part of a limited release...  More info
A 1979 vintage single cask whisky from Glenturret, a malt which provides the backbone of Famous Grouse. This was bottled in 2011 by Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection.  More info
$230.28
This was distilled on the 21st December 1979, aged in hogshead 1444 for 31 years and bottled by Signatory on the 17th January 2011. A release of 230 bottles at cask strength.  More info
$169.63
This is a hogshead-matured Glenturret which was distilled on the 21st December 1979 and aged in cask 1445 for 32 years before bottling. There are just 255 numbered bottles of this, from Signatory's...  More info
$186.39
Glenturret retains a loyal fan-base and with bottlings such as this one from Berry Bros & Rudd it is easy to see why. Bottled from cask 'ref. #1', this may be a vatting or different casks.  More info
$269.91
Distilled at the Glenturret distillery in 1977, this bottling from Berry Brothers and Rudd has been aged for 34 years. Possibly a marriage of different casks, it was drawn from cask 'ref. #2'.  More info
$244.53
A grand old Glenturret from our single cask series. It's a refined whisky that has truly improved with age. Lots of depth and character that simply can't be replicated any other way, exactly what you...  More info
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A single cask bottling from Berry Brothers and Rudd of 35 year old whisky distilled at Glenturret.  More info
$400.38
Glenturret 8 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
An 8 year old single malt from Glenturret, the home of Famous Grouse - Scotland's favourite blended whisky.  More info
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