Scotland: Whisky & Distilleries
Since Littlemill has been dismantled
in 1997, Glenturret could be the oldest active scottish distillery,
as its has been founded as soon as 1775. Some of the buildings
from that time are still in use currently. The distillation is
older than the licence, as some sources mention distilling in 1717
Settled in a very picturesque hilly area, Glenturret was first known as Hosh Distillery. Its current name dates back to 1875.
The distillery closed in 1921 and was used as a whisky warehouse. It was partially dismantled two years later and used as a barn.
Closed from 1921 until 1959, it came back to live thanks to James Fairlie who refurbished it , being very carefully not to loose its traditional character.
From 1981 till 1990, the distillery belonged to the Cointreau company. Since 1993, it belongs to the Highland Distillers group.
Glenturret is not only famous for its whisky. It appears in the Guinness Book of records, thanks to Towser, a very great mice hunter. Towser is one of the Glenturret famous cats. Towser has killed 28899 mice.
To officialize this record, only the mice found near the stills were carefully counted. This figures do not take into account the countless rabbits, rats and pheasants who have been its victims as well.
Glenturret is one of the smallest distilleries of Scotland, and one of the most visited as well. In November 1999, the Highland Distillers group was acquired by the Edrington Group for 601 million pounds.
About 70% of the production is marketed as single malt, the remaining part being used in blends like Glenturret Malt Liquor, Fairlie Liquor (named after James Fairlie) and the Famous Grouse.
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