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Glenturret  Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Highland Distillery Information

Glenturret Malt Whisky Distillery History 

Previously named "Hosh"

Home of the Famous Grouse


An account of 1717 speaks of numerous bothies with their illicit stills in Glen turret, The area was an ideal location for the distillers and smugglers of the time, The first proper single malt distillery on the site was established in 1775, using the pure waters of The Turret Burn and traditional farm distillation methods and equipment.


The economic depression of the late 1830’s closed the other bothy distilleries that had established themselves along Turret Burn leaving Glenturret the sole survivor. During the later part of the century the whisky trade improved. The owner in 1870, a Mr Thomas Stewart, enlarged the distillery improving the machinery and warehouses.

Sometime between 1896 and1903 the distillery became the Glenturret Distillery Co


As with all Scottish distilleries the downturn in the market when prohibition was introduced in to the United States (1920), was responsible for a drastic drop in sales, and the distillery fell silent in 1921.


James Fairlie purchased the Glenturret Distillery in 1957, the long closure and neglect caused considerable dilapidation to the distillery. However he began its revival and by June 1960, whisky was again in production and used to supply blenders.


During the 1970’s the company decided to lay down spirit for eventual sale as a single malt of varying maturity. Storing the whisky over longer periods of time strained the company finances. In 1981, one of Glenturrets’ customers, Cointreau et Cie, came to the rescue with an attractive take over offer. Under their ownership they invested and expanded the distillery.


In 1990, ownership passed to Highland Distillers Co Plc


In common with the original whisky makers, the water is drawn from the cool, clear Turret Burn,. As Scotland’s oldest single malt distillery, it is the birthplace of an award winning single malt renowned for its quality, glorious bouquet and natural golden hue. The Glenturret is made using the Pot Still process, whereby the fine single malt is produced by traditional methods slowly, patiently and in small precious quantities at this historic site


Glenturret Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Glenturret 10 year old

Glenturret 18 year old New Style


Glenturret Single Malt Whisky 10 year old 40%

Bottle Tasting Note:

Colour; Pale Lemon Gold.

Bouquet: Spicey citrus with a mild peat aroma.

Palate; very soft, mature orange zest/vanilla

In a presentation Tube.


Glenturret  Single Malt  Scotch Whisky   Older Distillery Bottlings

Glenturret  8 year old

Glenturret 15 year old

Glenturret 18 year old

Glenturret 21 year old

Glenturret 1972

Glenturret 1992 aged 15 Years

Glenturret 1991 aged 15 Years

Glenturret 1993


Glenturret  Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings



Chieftain’s (Ian Macleod),

Dun Bheagan  (Ian Macleod),

Hart Brothers,


MacPhails Collection,

Mission (Murray McDavid),

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Old Masters (James MacArthur)

Signatory Vintage


Glenturret  Single Malt  Scotch Whisky 1997 40%  MacPhails Collection,

Colour: Golden.



Nose: Some malty notes with elements of nuts, also a hint of sweetness.

Palate: Sweet and spicy with a delicate vanilla note.

Finish: Prominent pepper, a slight nuttiness and mouth coating.


With Water

Nose: Malty with a hint of freshly cut grass, vanilla notes with a subtle sweetness.

Palate: A more mellow spicyness, a prominent sweetness with hints of white chocolate.

Finish: Sweeter, gentler and more balanced.

Body: Medium.

Cask Type: Refill sherry hogsheads.

Glenturret Distillery, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 4HA

Tel: +44 (0)1764 656565


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Glenturret Scotch Whisky

Distillery StyleTasting Notes


Nose: Floral, grassy, creamy.


Palate: Light to medium bodied. Smooth with honey and vanilla.


Finish: Long with toffee and honey.

Founded in 1775

Location Highlands region Midlands district north of Crief

Water source Loch Turret.

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#- Older Discontinued Style Bottlings

*- Limited Editions

^ - Independent Bottlings