Glenturret Distillery, Highlands

Glenturret Distillery, Highlands

On the banks of the River Turret, near Crieff in Perthshire lies Glenturret, tucked away in a steep valley between fields and tree-covered hillsides, an ideal hide out in the days of illegal distilling.

It is also a claimant to being the oldest distillery in Scotland. There are records of a distillery in the neighbourhood at least as early as 1717, and some of the buildings on the present site date from 1775. The distillery itself was dismantled in the 1920s, then revived in 1959. Glenturret is one of the smallest distilleries of Scotland, yet one of the most visited.

In November 1999, the Highland Distillers group was acquired by the Edrington Group.Today it retains its rusticity while also being a tourist attraction.

About 70% of the production is marketed as single malt, the remaining part being used in the blending of The Famous Grouse range of whiskies, where it brings a distinct fruity note to the blend.

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