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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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Tasting Sets
A single cask bottling from Berry Brothers and Rudd of 35 year old whisky distilled at Glenturret.  More info
$416.34
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
$239.46
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
$193.83
This was distilled at the Glenturret distillery on the 28th November 1986. It was then matured for 25 years in a single hogshead (number 294) before bottling for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection...  More info
$168.46
Two casks of Glenturret from Signatory - 550 and 551, aged for 17 years before bottling in early 2013.  More info
$71.16
The more recently released entry level from the Highland distillery, Glenturret, released to replace the 12 year old. Glenturret is the spiritual (excuse the pun) heart of the Famous Grouse blend.  More info
$63.06
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