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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.

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About Glenturret Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01764 656565

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

340 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner

The Edrington Group

Distillery Address

The Hosh, Crieff, Perthshire

Distillery Website


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


John Drummond is licensee, until 1837.


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


John McCallum is licensee until 1874.


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


Mitchell Bros Ltd takes over.


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


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


James Fairlie buys the distillery and


Production restarts.


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


Highland Distillers takes over.


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%).


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


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


Three new single casks are released.

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A 28 year old single malt from the Glenturret distillery in the Highland region, independently bottled by the folks at A. D. Rattray. It was distilled on the very last day of 1986 and set aside to age...  More info
Well-Sherried single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenturret distillery, the home of the classic Famous Grouse blend. Laid-back but flavoursome, this whisky is packed with Sherried fruit, thick honey...  More info
This is a limited edition bottling of Glenturret single malt Scotch whisky, released by the Famous Grouse to celebrate Scotland hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The casks used for this release...  More info
From the Glenturret distillery comes a rather scrummy single malt Scotch whisky which has been matured in three different types of cask (hence the name - Glenturret Triple Wood). The casks used for...  More info
Single cask Glenturret single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a hogshead cask from December 1986 to April 2015. At 28 years old, it was bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection range, with...  More info
An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenturret distillery, distilled in May 1994 and bottled in May 2015. It comes presented as part of the Pearls of Scotland range. Just 300...  More info
Peaty Glenturret! Yum! The Peated Edition from the Glenturret distillery boasts warming earthiness and baking bread notes on the nose, with sweet, buttery biscuits and almost coastal peat smoke...  More info
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A 2000 vintage Glenturret single malt Scotch whisky, independently bottled by Gordon & MacPahil as part of the wonderful MacPhail's Collection. It was matured from 2000 to 2015 and eventually bottled...  More info
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
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25 year old Glenturret single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask from April 1990 to June 2015. It was then bottled by the chaps at Gleann Mór with an outturn of 293 bottles, presented at...  More info
From Adelphi's sizeable selection of independently bottled single malt Scotch whiskies comes a 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky distilled by Glenturret in the Highlands. It was distilled in 1988...  More info
Cask strength Glenturret, anyone? Oh yes, this ought to be a treat! This 27 year old Glenturret single malt Scotch whisky was distilled back in December 1986 and set aside to mature in hogshead #307...  More info
Good ol' Glenturret single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for The MacPhail's Collection. It was distilled in 1999 and matured in oak until 2014, when it was all bottled up for the...  More info
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A single cask bottling from Berry Brothers and Rudd of 35 year old whisky distilled at Glenturret.  More info
Two casks of Glenturret from Signatory - 550 and 551, aged for 17 years before bottling in early 2013.  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
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
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
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