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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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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
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
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
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
A 10 year old bottling from Glenturret, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2007 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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
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An 8 year old single malt from Glenturret, the home of Famous Grouse - Scotland's favourite blended whisky.  More info
A single cask Glenturret, bottled by Signatory on the 23rd March 2009 following a 16 year maturation in single cask number 826, a refill sherry butt. There are just 845 of these individually numbered...  More info
This was distilled at Glenturret on the 6th September 1995. It was aged in two hogsheads for 15 years before bottling by Signatory on the 7th March 2011. A release of 774 numbered bottles.  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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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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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
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
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
A 16 year old Glenturret distilled in 6th September 1995, aged in a brace (oh yes, I said brace) of hogsheads (numbers 548 and 549) before bottling on the 6th March 2012. A release of 709 numbered...  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
Two casks of Glenturret from Signatory - 550 and 551, aged for 17 years before bottling in early 2013.  More info
This is a delicious light-bodied Glenturret which was distilled in 1999 and was aged in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling. The bottlers, Gordon and MacPhail, recommend this as a nice aperitif.  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 Glenturret from the Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in September 1989 and matured for 19 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in March 2009 by Douglas Laing. An outturn of...  More info
This is a sherry matured single malt from the Glenturret distillery. This whisky has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask collection.  More info
This single cask Glenturret was distilled on the 12th July 1985, matured in hogshead number 136 for 22 years before bottling on Valentine's Day 2008. A release of 305 bottles, bottled by Signatory.  More info
Distilled in 1992 and aged in sherry casks before bottling at cask strength in 2006. A 14 year old single malt from Glenturret, the key component of the Famous Grouse blend.  More info
An 18 year old from Ian MacLeod's Chieftain's Choice range. This was distilled in October 1990 and aged for 18 years in cask number 91781 before bottling in May 2009. A release of 312 bottles.  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
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