Established in 1775 as a single malt distillery by John and Hugh Drummond, Glenturret was the first of several distilleries drawn towards the soft and pure waters of Turret Burn in the Perthshire countryside.
The distillery has survived many tough periods in its three centuries, from US Prohibition in the 1920s to the Great Depression of the 1830s.
The distillery has survived many tough periods in its three centuries, from the Great Depression of the 1830s to US Prohibition in the 1920s. It wasn't until the 1950s that the distillery was revitalised by whisky enthusiast James Fairlie.
From their base at the heart of the Crieff community, with their open-mash tun and Douglas Fir washbacks, they have a genuine reverence for tradition. Although the rest of the whisky world has moved away from the traditional mashing by hand and cutting by eye as vital components of the whisky-making process, they maintain and continue with both these traditions.
At Glenturret, our idea of progress is to stick to what we, Scotland’s oldest working distillery, have always done best, making scotch malt whisky the traditional way. And, when you have a true hand in the outcome, it makes the finished product all that more exceptional.
Their source of the high quality malt from Simpsons Malt in the Scottish borders, and their pure water from the Loch Turret which is situated just 3.5 miles from the distillery.
The malted barley is fed into their original grist mill to be ground until it resembles coarse flour.The Glenturret mash tun is the last remaining hand-operated mash tun of its kind in Scotland, with mashing done by hand with a wooden rouser. This approach allows for greater control of the mash which in turn allows for more sugars and thus more alcohol.The Glenturret wash backs are made from Douglas Fir. They have a particularly long fermentation time of up 100 hours which helps to build The Glenturret’s distinctive fruity characteristic. The most significant part of The Glenturret distillation process, is that they run their stills very slowly. This slow distillation helps to build sweeter, lighter characteristics in their new make spirit.