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Glenturret distillery

Glenturret is one of Scotlands youngest ‘old distilleries’, while distillation occurred on or near the site since 1717 far prior to the distillery’s claimed foundation in 1775. This claim relates to an illegal farm distillery established on the Hosh which would become licensed for distillation in 1818.

However the Hosh farm distillery closed repeatedly over the next few decades and it was only following the closing of another distillery and the acquisition of it’s brand in 1875 that the distillery became Glenturret.

However this distillery was closed and was dismantled in 1929. The few dilapidated buildings purchased by James Fairlie in 1957 represent the only relationship to the earlier distillery. In spite of this Glenturret is generally regarded as the oldest working distillery in Scotland

In fairness, while this might sound a somewhat dubious claim, given the number of changes to equipment, complete redevelopments and whisky styles few distilleries can present a more reasonable claim

Glenturret factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Glenturret glen*turr*et Highlands Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1717 - Present Malt Glenturret Tour Link
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Neil Cameron Highland Distillers

Glenturret Timeline:

1717: Parish records report illicit distillation in the area

1775: An illicit farm distillery is established in the Hosh

1816: The Small Stills Act is introduced, making distillation in stills of 48 gallons and below illegal

1818: John Drummon is granted the first license for distillation at 'the Hosh distillery'

1826: A nearby distillery is established named 'Glenturret'

1842: John Drummon is declared bankrupt in March 1842

1852: John McCallum takes over the Hosh distillery, the Gleturret distillery folds

1874: John McCallum is declared bankrupt

1875: Thomas Stewart acquires the distillery and the name Glenturret. The Hosh distillery is expanded, modernised and rebranded Glenturret

1887: Alfred Bernard visited the distillery recording the 'inner workings of the Distillery are of the oldest fashion, plan, and type' even for the time

1896: The Glenturret Distillery Co. is established

1907: The distillery is acquired by Mitchell Brothers Ltd. of Glasgow

1921: Production stops and the distillery is closed

1929: Glenturret distillery is dismantled and Mitchell Brothers Ltd. Go into administration

1957: James Fairlie acquires the dilapidated distillery site and Glenturret brand

1959: The new and old buildings are refitted incorporating the mash tun and stills from Tullibardine (itself undergoing a refit)

1960: The new distillery becomes operational and spirit begins to flow

1964: Fairlie showed the British Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, round the distillery

1981: Rémy Cointreau one of the distilleries main customers takes over the distillery, the distillery and its visitor centre are expanded

1990: In 1990, ownership passed to Highland Distillers Co Plc.

1993: Glenturret joins Highland Distilleries Co plc

1998: The company is renamed Highland Distillers Ltd

1999: Highland Distillers Ltd is acquired by the Edrington Group Ltd

2002: The £2.5million Famous Grouse Experience visitor centre is opened

Useful Glenturret links:

Glenturret at GreenWellyStop

Glenturret at MaltMadness

Glenturret at MasterOfMalts

Glenturret at SMWS

Glenturret at ScotchWhisky

Glenturret at Whisky

Glenturret at WhiskyExhange

Glenturret at WhiskyPortal

Glenturret at Whiskybase

Glenturret at Wikipedia

Glenturret at Wormtub

Can I tour Glenturret?

Yes Glenturret distillery is tourable. On Trip Advisor the distillery has been rated as excellent by 1071 of 1,552 tours to date. This gives Glenturret an overall rating of 4.5

Latest reviews

Amazing Day Out by Zuzana F

This distillery is a must visit if you are in the area. Beautiful surroundings and very helpful enthusiastic staff. John (our guide) made our tour a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back! The decor is exquisite, peppered with the most amazing Lalique creations. Highly recommended.

Glenturret Distillery Tour by Tricia A

Staycationing in Scotland. Booked the tour as part of a package with Crieff Hydro. Charlie, our guide, was knowledgeable and charming. There's a lovely wee cafe on site and a shop where you can stock up on "duty free"😉

Great Overall Experience. by Paul L

Great place for all ages, really interesting and relaxed tour around the distillery followed by a tasting. Under age visitors get Irn bru. Lovely shop, cafe & bar if you want to stay a bit longer. Super friendly staff.

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Excellent 1,071
Very good 374
Average 72
Poor 18
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