Glenturret distillery is located in the Highland town of Crieff, Perthshire and was founded, well, yes it was founded, that's one sure thing. But when?

Well, this is where it gets a little complicated; There was initially a distillery called 'Hosh' which was founded in 1775, although some claim its history dates back to 1717 with a legacy of illicit production.

John McCallum took over the distillery in 1845 and then in 1875 it was taken over by Thomas Stewart.


Anyway, in its Centenary year of 1875 Thomas Stewart renamed "Hosh" to "Glenturret" after purchasing the name, but this distillery then closed in 1921.

After closure in 1921 all production equipment was removed and the remaining buildings were used only for warehousing.

In 1957 James Fairlie purchased the buildings and re-equipped them with equipment to begin the production of whisky once again under the name "Glenturret" in 1959.



Remy Cointreau purchased Glenturret in 1981 but then sold it on to Highland Distillers in 1990 who were taken over by a partnership between Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons called "The 1887 Company".

Glenturret is also the 'home' of Famous Grouse blended whisky with "The Famous Grouse Experience".


More great distillery info here thanks to Malt Madness

Photos by kind permission of Alan Jamieson



General whisky characteristics: Light, floral, short-ish


Glenturret, (OB), 10y, 40% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle;


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Gold

Nose: Rubber, leather and blige pumps with a light floral overtone.

Palate: Much more delicate and floral than the nose suggests. Hyacinth and sweet wood.

Finish: Medium with a slightly bitter floral aftertaste.

Overall Impression: Maybe this is a dram which improves with age, I'd love to try a 20y+ expression.






Maltbarn, Glenturret, 34y, 1977-2012, 48.4% ABV

Matured in a Bourbon Barrel, Maltbarn Edition 3, one of 249 bottles

Typical cost of this bottle;

Tasted (blind) for MMA 2012


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Golden yellow

Nose: Aromatic fruit with a hint of farminess. Perhaps raspberry with a suggestion of mandarin? Then maybe hints of milky liquorice? Somehow this appears to be constantly changing, but I love it.

Palate: That fruitiness and milkiness are really at the fore here. Can I suggest a large fruit cocktail in cream or custard?

Finish: Long, gentle, fruity.

Overall Impression: A very gentle fruity cocktail, one to accompany good discussion by an open fire in winter. Excellent, I love it.









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