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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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This is a seventeen year old bottling of Glenturret by Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask Range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate Douglas Laing's...  More info
A single cask Glenturret distilled on the 12th July 1985 and aged for 25 years in hogshead 137 before bottling in June 2011 for Signatory's award-winning Cask Strength Collection.  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
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Signatory had the honours of bottling a single cask of Glenturret single malt Scotch whisky in November 2013. The whisky was distilled in September 1996 and matured for 17 years. 349 bottles were...  More info
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Two casks of Glenturret from Signatory - 550 and 551, aged for 17 years before bottling in early 2013.  More info
£42.34
A single cask bottling of 20 year old Glenturret single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the Highlands in April 1993 and bottled in February 2014 by Signatory. 376 bottles were produced.  More info
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At 26 years old, this Glenturret is ready to be tasted, so says Signatory (and they would know). It was distilled by the Perthshire distillery in November 1986 and bottled at cask strength in October...  More info
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25 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenturret distillery in the Highlands, bottled by A. D. Rattray for their wonderful Cask Collection. It was distilled in December 1988 and spent 25...  More info
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From the Glenturret distillery comes this 27 year old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead cask from December 1986 to May 2014. It was bottled by Signatory for their frequently...  More info
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Released by Hunter Laing in collaboration with the Glenturret distillery in the Highlands, this 1986 vintage single malt Scotch whisky has been strictly limited to 2400 bottles. Matured for 26 years...  More info
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This whisky comes from the good old Glenturret distillery, who have been making the spirit since the 1700s. While not that old, this independently bottled expression matured for 13 years in refill...  More info
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