Glenturret

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Owner.. Highland Distillers. ( Edrington )
Founded.. 1775.
Region.. Southern highlands.
Capacity.. 340 000 litres.
Tel.. 01764 656565
Web.. http://www.theglenturret.com

Visitor centre.

Tours. Tour Experiences
Distillery Experience: (1 hour) Runs hourly. Includes one exceptional distillery tour, and a taste of two fine whiskies. £10 adult, £9 concession (seniors/students/under 18s).
Tasting Experience: (1 hour) Runs hourly. Includes one exceptional distillery tour, a taste of five fine whiskies and a souvenir nosing glass to keep. £20 Famous Tasting, £30 Finest Tasting, Over 18s only.
Warehouse Experience: (1½ hours) Includes one exceptional distillery tour, a taste of four fine whiskies and a magical peek at hundreds of sleeping casks in our very special warehouse. £40, Over 18s only, Pre-booking recommended.
Blending Experience: (2 hours) Includes one exceptional distillery tour, a tasting of four fine whiskies inside our exclusive bonded warehouse and a unique opportunity to master the art of blending your own whisky, complete with complimentary 100ml bottle and certificate. £60, Over 18s only, Pre-booking recommended.
Stillman Experience: (Full day) Available Tue, Wed, Thu. Includes one exceptional experience with unrivalled access to the unique world of whisky production. Spend the day side by side with our Stillman and our Drammolier™, learn the art of blending, and toast one fine day with a dram from your complimentary bottle of The Glenturret Highland Single Malt. £250, Over 18s only, Pre-booking essential.

Bottle your own.

Whisky tastings.

 

The Distilling Process

MALTING AND MILLING

We source our high quality malt from Simpsons Malt on the Scottish borders, and our pure water from The Loch Turret which is situated just 3.5 miles from the distillery. The malted barley is fed into our original grist mill to be ground until it resembles coarse our.

MASHING

The Glenturret mash tun is the last remaining hand-operated mash tun in Scotland, with mashing done by hand with a wooden rouser. This approach allows for greater control of the mash which in turn allows for more sugars and thus more alcohol.

FERMENTING

The Glenturret wash backs are made from Douglas Fir. Stainless steel would be longer lasting but we believe in maintaining this traditional approach. We have a particularly long fermentation time of up 100 hours which helps to build The Glenturret’s distinctive fruity characteristics.

DISTILLING

Our stills have a shape and size unique to The Glenturret Distillery. Our tall wash still creates a very light spirit and we continue to use traditional pot stills made of hand-beaten copper. The most signi cant part of The Glenturret distillation process, is that we run our stills very slowly. This slow distillation helps to build sweeter, lighter characteristics in our new make spirit. Our stillmen use the skill and judgement built up over generations of experience to cut the spirit by eye using our hand operated spirit sample safe.

FILLING

The heart of the run is pumped from the still house to the lling store, where the strength of the new make spirit is reduced by the addition of Loch Turret water before being hand lled into oak casks.

MATURATION

The casks are stowed in our warehouse and left undisturbed until we feel that the whisky has matured to perfection.

 

TIMELINE..

1717… Glenturret is the site of several illicit stills because of its convenient location for the Perthshire water and being a good vantage point to look out for the law coming to stop the illegal activity.

1775 …Established as a fully- edged, of cial single malt distillery by John & Hugh Drummond.

1920 .. Alcohol is prohibited in the United States, having an impact on the trade all over the world.

1921..  Glenturret ceases trading and the distillery falls silent.

1957 .. New life is injected into Glenturret when the distillery is bought by James Fairlie.

1964 .. The distillery is visited by the Prime Minister of the time, Sir Alec Douglas-Home.

1980..  Glenturret opens its doors to visitors.

1990 .. The distillery is bought by Highland Distillers.

1991..  Glenturret has its one millionth visitor.

1995..  Towser’s famous statue is unveiled outside the distillery.

2002 .. The Famous Grouse Experience opens its doors at Glenturret, its new spiritual home. The Experience goes on to win a BAFTA and a Visit Scotland award for its interactive tour.

2012 .. The distillery produced the largest bottle of whisky in the world, a Guinness World Record, a 200 litre bottle of The Famous Grouse that holds 8000 drams.

2014 .. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the distillery and launch the Bottle Your Own experience.

2015..  The distillery celebrates 240 years of making whisky by hand and by heart.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager of The Glenturret has a vision to preserve the artisan methods of whisky making that have been celebrated at Glenturret Distillery for over 240 years.   2015 is an exciting time for the distillery’s award winning Glenturret Single Malt and plans are now underway to celebrate the historic dram

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