Glenturret’s history stretches back to 1775. There’s an emphasis on tradition here throughout the whisky making process. The mashing process is done by hand using a rouser. The distillation process is unrushed and the new make is cut by hand unlike many other distilleries. It still draws soft water from the Turret Burn.
Many distilleries would keep cats as mice could be a problem. Towser lived in the still house at Glenturret and is believed to have caught 28,889 mice over her lifetime (nearly 24 years). There is a statue onsite and Towser even lent her name to a cask strength whisky.
The distillery is now owned by the luxury goods company, Lalique. The new range of bottle design is heavily influenced by Lalique Glass designs.
Glenturret Distillery Tours
Prior to Covid-19 the distillery offered a number of experiences. The Distillery Experience was designed to take you through the traditional art of making Glenturret single malt using hand operated methods and the history and heritage of the distillery followed by 2 whiskies to taste. Duration 1 hour. Other options include Apertour, a distillery tour where the emphasis is on photography.
The Glenturret Tour
The current offering includes The Glenturret Tour which is centred around the traditional art of making Glenturret single malt whisky and the history of the distillery. The tour ends with a dram of Glenturret. For details see the website.