Glenturret Speyside Whisky Distillery
The Glenturret single malt whisky distillery in Crieff, Perthshire can either be regarded as one of the oldest or one of the youngest distilleries in Scotland. The distillery itself claims it to be one of the oldest going back to illicit whisky distilling in 1717. However without going into a long involved story this distillery originally started official production in 1875 when the distillery purchased the name Glenturret from another distillery nearby.
The distillery only lasted until 1923 when it closed and the buildings eventually were used as cattle sheds and farm stores. It was not until the late 1950s that Mr James Fairlie purchased the site and installed all new equipment that the distillery again came to life. Although small with only one wash still and one spirit still the distillery produces about 340,000 litres of spirit per year. The distillery has really prospered in recent years in no small way due to its close association with the Edrington Group. Consequently nearly the total output from the distillery goes into blending “The Famous Grouse” and only a very small amount is kept for official distillery releases of single malt whisky.
In the past this was a fine 12 year old but this has now been superseded by a very good 10 year old. The distillery also has a visitor centre (The Famous Grouse Experience) which is one of the most visited in Scotland. To end with a bit of trivia the now deceased distillery cat “Towser” held the Guinness Book of Records, record for catching 29,000 mice during its lifetime. How they counted all these mice is unknown.
Taste: Fruity with a Rich Character