Glenturret

Glenturret is one of the oldest still producing distillery there is in Scotland. Its history traces back to some smugglers in 1775. Sometimes it is called the Disney of whisky, as the visitor centre is so nice and well made.

Information about the Distillery
72 Bottles
Scotland, Highlands
-3.854356 56.391097
Active
1 x 12,500 l
Normal
1 x 9,000 l
Normal
8 x 6,000 l
1 t
1775
340,000 l
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Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
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Apple:
Grape:
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Heather:
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Green Apple:
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Tasting
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Fruit:
Oak:
Peat Smoke:
Vanilla:
Cinnamon:
Salt:
Coconut:
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Malt:
Chili:
Nuts:
Pepper:
Herb:
Zitrus:
Coffee:
Orange:
Oil:
Berries:
Sherry:
Lemon:
Grass:
Barley:
Hay:
Leather:
Caramel:
Wheat:
Nutmeg:
Clove:
Alcohol:
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Finish
Oak:
Sweet:
Spices:
Nuts:
Fruit:
Peat Smoke:
Malt:
Apple:
Pepper:
Oil:
Berries:
Sherry:
Vanilla:
Chocolate:
Coffee:
Raisin:
Heather:
Green Apple:
Caramel:
Honey:
Almonds:
Chili:
Tropical Fruit:
Herbs:
Herb:
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

Glenturret distillery has a selection of both independent and official bottlings for potential buyers to choose from. The official bottlings that were released by the distillery consisted of an 8 year-old, 10 year-old, 12 year-old, 15 year-old, 18 year-old, 21 year-old, and 25 year-old, and a series of Special Bottlings. They all were given up in 2009 for a single successing bottle. A 10 year-old. Most of the old bottles are already gone an very seldom a special bottling appears from the disti

llery. A number of independent bottlings have been performed over the years at the distillery. Gordon & MacPhail and Signatory Vintage perform the majority of these, most of which have been releases of casks filled in the early 1990s.

Glenturret has a long history of being deeply connected with blending. The single malt is the major component of the Famous Grouse blend, and the 'Famous Grouse Experience' visitor’s centre is located on the Glenturret site.

The Production

Loch Turret, after which the distillery is partially named, provides the water source for Glenturret. Water flows into Loch Turret from Ben Chonzie, which is part of the Grampian Mountain range. The production capacity of the site is relatively small, standing at mere 340’000 liters a year.  

The still house of the Glenturret distillery.
The still house of the Glenturret Distillery

The Pot Stills

The production at Glenturret is driven by only one wash still and one spirit still. The wash still has a capacity of 12’500 litres, and has a cone shape, which is pretty unusual. The spirit still has a capacity of 9’000 liters, and is fitted with a reflux bowl, which increases the amount of reflux in the stills, therefore making the whisky smoother. The shapes of the pot stills are unique to Glenturret, with the cone design increasing the quality of the reflux in the necks of the stills. To reduce cooling water the condensers are ocated outside the stillhouse.

The spirit still of the Glenturret distillery.
A Pot Still of the Glenturret Distillery

Maltings

One of Glenturret’s most impressive features is that it continues to use its own malting floor to this day. The malts used in production are lightly peated, with different batches of barley being malted to different degrees, as per the requirement of the master distiller. Glenturret makes an effort to only source barley from Scotland, and as a result their supply comes from a number of different sites across the country.

The Warehouses

Glenturret has six on-site dunnage warehouses, which have enough space to house up to 10’000 casks. The distillery uses a combination of American and European Oak casks to mature its malt. The spirit that is intended to be used in blending is transported almost immediately off-site.

The warehouses of the Glenturret distillery.
Some warehouses of the Glenturret Distillery

The History

Glenturret markets itself as 'the oldest distillery in Scotland', but as is often the case with such dramatic claims, the actual facts about when the distillery was founded are a little vague. There is no doubt that the stretch of land on which Glenturret sits in the Midlands of Scotland has been a site of legal and illicit distillation dating back to the eighteenth century. In 1775, the Hosh Distillery, an illicit operation, was founded by a group of whisky smugglers. In 1818, the operation went legitimate, and John Drummond, who headed the operation, became the license holder.  In 1826, another, smaller distillery was established on the site under the name of 'Glenturret', but was decommissioned in 1852. In 1875, the original Hosh distillery took the name of Glenturret, under the stewardship of Thomas Stewart.  In 1903, the Mitchell Brothers Ltd acquired the site and continued to oversee production until 1921, at which point the company decided to cease production, and the site was used for storage only. In 1929, the Mitchell Brothers were liquidated, and the Glenturret distillery was dismantled, with the facilities being taken over by a local farmer to store his agricultural equipment.  After laying silent for thirty years, production restarted in 1959 after James Fairlie bought the site. The site continued to swap hands into the late twentieth century, with Rémy-Cointreau purchasing the distillery in 1981, and Highland Distillers taking over in 1990.  Today, the distillery is owned by the Erdington Group, who acquired Highland Distillers in 1992 to the tune of a staggering GBP 601 million. As we move into the twenty-first century, Glenturret has reduced it's number of bottles to just one. The 10 years-old. 

Visitor’s Centre

Absolutely. The Famous Grouse Experience has been nicknamed 'Whisky Disney' due to its scale, and includes a tour of the facilities. There is also a café in which you are able to order bar meals.

The Restaurant in the visitor center.
The restaurant of the Glenturret Distillery

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