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Highland Malt The Midlands THE GLENTURRET (1775 - 1923) (1959
The Hosh, Crieff, Perthshire. Licentiehouder: The Glenturret Distillery Ltd. Eigendom van The Highland Distillers Ltd. Gesticht in 1775 als Hosh distilleerderij, en is daarmee de oudste distilleerderij in de Hooglanden. The Glenturret ligt tussen twee heuvels in, daar waar het water van de Ahaggie Burn de rivier Turret bereikt. In 1875 wordt de naam Glenturret voor het eerst gebruikt. The Glenturret wisselde enige malen van eigenaar maar begin 1900 was een landeigenaar te Crieff, Thomas Stewart, de bezitter. Gedurende de eerste wereldoorlog was The Glenturret gesloten, daarna waren Mitchell Bros & Co, Ltd te Belfast gedurende twee jaar de eigenaars. The Glenturret werd gesloten en de lagerpakhuizen deden tot 1923 dienst als opslagplaats. In 1923 werden de Murrays van Ochtertyre, eigenaars van de aangrenzende grond de eigenaars die het ook voor opslagdoeleinden gebruikten. In 1927 waren de laatste voorraden whisky uit de lagerpakhuizen weggehaald. James Fairlie, een whiskyenthousiast en kenner van de whiskyhandel, kocht de distilleer-derij in 1957 en er werd een nieuwe distilleerderij gebouwd in 1959 - 1960. Zijn zoon Peter hielp hem hierbij. In 1981 werd The Glenturret verkocht aan Cointreau en het was tijdens hun eigenaarsschap dat de whiskylikeur The Glenturret werd ontwikkeld en uitgebracht. In 1990 werden The Highland Distillers Ltd voor E 31.3 000.000 eigenaar van The Glenturret. The Glenturret had ook een beroemde kat 'Towser', die het wereldrecord muizenvangen in haar bezit had, bij haar dood in Maart 1987 had ze 27.890 muizen gevangen. Haar opvolgster was Amber. The Glenturret is een kleine distilleerderij met twee ketels met een produktie van ongeveer 400.000 liter spirit per jaar. Het proceswater komt van Loch Turret, het koelwater uit de Turret Burn. Het meeste van de whisky wordt verkocht aan bezoekers van de distilleerderij. In Mei 2002 werd een nieuw bezoekerscentrum geopend: The Famous Grouse Experience, at Scotland's Oldest Distillery. De investering was E 2.5 miljoen. De Mash tun is één ton, de acht wash backs zijn elk 6000 liter en de Wash still is groot 12500 liter, terwijl de Spirit still 9000 liter groot is, beiden worden indirect met stoom verhit
Voorjaar 1999 kregen de Edrington Group en Highland Distillers verschil van mening over het niet of wel aanhouden van de beursnotering. September 1999 wordt bekend dat Edrington en William Grant & Sons samen Highland Distillers overnemen. De naam van de nieuwe onderneming luidt: The 1887 Company, wat slaat op het stichtingsjaar van Highland Distillers. Edrington verkrijgt 70 %-, William Grant & Sons 30 % van de aandelen.
Records have shown that distillation was taking place from as early as 1717 when Glenturret was an illicit distillery, until it was officially established in 1775.
Glenturret wqas originally named Hosh, that is the area in which Glenturret is located. Hosh comes from the Gaelic "cois" meaning foot.
It was not unto 1875 that the distillery was re - named Glenturret, by is new owner Thomas Stewart, this name is derived from the water source of Glenturret: Loch Turret.
Production continued until 1914 and Glenturret fell silent in 1921 and it was not until 1959 that James Fairlie restored the distillery and started production again.
1981 Cointreau buys the distillery and in 1990 they sell Glenturret to Highland Distillers.
Also in 1981 Cointreau built a visitors centre
In 1999 Highland Distillers is taken over by the Edrington Group.
In 2000 Glenturret is home of The Famous Grouse Experience.
The barley used is Concerto (2012) and unpeated
Manager is Neil Cameron.
A heavily peated whisky , 80 ppm, is used to produce Ruadh Maor.
In 1957 Glenturret is refurnished with second hand equipment and in 1971 a further upgrading has done.
Owner: The Edrington Group Established: 1717 Water Source: Loch Turret Malt Source: Simpsons of Berwick Malt Storage Capacity: 25000kg Mill Type: Porteous Mill Grist storage: 1050 kg Mash Tun Construction: Mash Size: 5000 litres No. of Wash Backs: Wash Back Capacity: 6250 litres Yeast: Kerry Quest M No. of Wash Stills: 2 Wash Still Charge: 12.6000 litres Heat Source: Steam internal pans Wash Still Shape: Pot Still with bulge in neck No. of Spirit Stills: 1 Spirit Still Charge: 6600 litres Heat Source: Steam Internal copper coil Spirit Still Shape: Pot Still with straight side. Current Annual Distillery Output: (2012) 160.000 litres a year.
1775 Whisky smugglers establish a small farm distillery with the name Hosh 1818 John Drummond is licensee 1826 a distillery in the vicinity is named Glenturret and decommissioned before 1852 1837 John Drummond is no longer the licensee of The GlenTurret 1852 John McCallum is licensee 1874 John McCallum is no longer licensee of The Glenturret 1875 Thomas Stewart is manager is changed the name of the the distillery from Hosh into The Glenturret 1903 Mitchel Brothers Ltd takes over 1921 Production ceases and the buildings are used only for whisky storage 1929 Mitchel Brothers Ltd is liquidated The distillery is dismantled The buildings are uede for storage of agricultural needs 1957 James Fairley Glenturret is in production again 1981 Remy Cointreau buys the distillery A visitor centre is opened 1990 Highland Distillers take over 1999 Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons buy Highland Distillers for 601.000.000 pound The purchasing company the 1887 Company is a joint venture between the Edrington Group ( 70 %) and William Grant & Sons (30 %). 2002 The Famous Grouse Experience visitor centre costing 2,500.000 pound is opened 2003 A 10 year old replaces the 12 year old
Edrington completes Grouse Experience makeover
May, 2014 Edrington has announced that the £250,000 investment in the visitor facilities at the Famous Grouse Experience at its Glenturret Distillery, Scotland's most visited distillery, in Crieff, has been completed. The announcement comes ahead of an anticipated surge in visitor numbers for this year's Commonwealth Games and golf Ryder Cup. Scotland's oldest working distillery was established in 1775, and is the home of the country's best-selling Scottish blended whisky (No. 4 standard blended whisky worldwide). The refurbishment programme, which is the first major upgrade to the facilities since 2007, has seen the visitor café, shop and tasting experiences transformed, as well as the welcome lounge that receives 120,000 visitors every year. The distillery has opened up a new tasting bar, alongside which there are a series of nosing pods to allow visitors to get much closer to the whisky blending process and identify aromas and ingredients that make the spirit so distinctive. This year Scotland hosts the Commonwealth Games in July, and the Ryder Cup in September. The facilities for corporate entertainment and private events have also been enhanced with a new facilities for whisky tasting experiences, including The Famous Grouse Suite, extending the distillery's abilities to accommodate valuable corporate and group business. Another new feature, is the 'Personalisation Bar' in the new gift shop, which allows customers to not only bottle their own whisky, but to personalise their bottle of The Famous Grouse on site. Business development manager Lesley Williamson said: "This will be an extremely busy year for tourism businesses in the Perthshire area. The eyes of the world will be upon us and it's imperative that we continue to deliver our visitors a quality experience. "Glenturret Distillery has a place in Scotland's history as the oldest working distillery, and The Famous Grouse Experience is a popular visitor attraction for tourists from around the globe. "The investment demonstrates our commitment to the future of the Distillery in Crieff and in our offering to the corporate and private events market, as well as an important tourism destination, both of which are incredibly important to our business."
"Here are no fads, appliances, or patents, but like the building, the vesselsare all of the ancient pattern." Alfred Barnard 1887.
Who knows fro how long the River Turret has been flowing from its source high on the Ben Chonzie, through one of the loviest glens in Scotland and into the peaceful Turret Loch.
One thing is certain: the distillery that sits by the burn has been quietly going about its craft for longer than any other in Scotland.
Since 1775, the Glenturret Distiller has produced small, precious quatities of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. As unchanging as the river, the traditional Pot Sill process is used this day.
This unique Triple Wood cask selection has been hand - picked by Glenturret's Master of Whisky, Neil K. Cameron.The combination of American sherry oak, European sherry oak and ex - bourbon casks make a wonderfully rich and creamy Single Malt.
The mash tun contains only a tonne of grist, the washbacks are wooden, and the stills have a slightly rudimentary look about them suggestive of a more rustic approach to whisky-making. This is not however borne out in the spirit which is light, acidic, and intense. Some heavily peated malt [called Ruadh Mhor, ‘Big Red’] is also made, which goes into Black Grouse.
Glenturret has an uncommonly chequered history. On one hand, it is fond of claiming to be Scotland’s oldest distillery. On the other, it could be said to be one which helped to usher in a new era for distillation.
The oldest distillery claim doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny. The site is claimed to have been the site of an illicit still known as The Hosh [Gaelic for ‘foot’] which was operational in the 1770s, though quite why an illegal operation would have a name is slightly unclear. Licensed distilling on the site only started in 1818 when John Drummond began making whisky.
Unlike many small Perthshire distilleries of that period, it survived the trials of the 19th century and in 1875 it changed its name from The Hosh to Glenturret – taking the name from a nearby distillery which had failed 20 years previously.
The troubled times of the 1920s hit it hard, and in 1928 it was dismantled. In the late 1950s, however, James Fairlie had the idea of building a new plant inside the old buildings. He bought the stills and mash tun from Tullibardine (which was being refitted) and got Glenturret up and running once more in 1960, in time to take advantage of the upturn in whisky’s fortunes.
Fairlie and his son Peter also saw the potential in whisky tourism and soon opened a visitor’s centre – the second distillery to do so.
It was, for a decade, part of Rémy Cointreau (1981-1993) before joining Highland Distillers [now Edrington] who, in 2002, radically transformed the site into The Famous Grouse Experience.
Single malt bottlings are now rare.
An illicit distillery named Hosh is said to have been established
John Drummond is granted a license to distil at the same site
John McCallum takes over as license holder
Thomas Stewart picks up the license and changes the distillery's name from the Hosh to Glenturret
The distillery passes into the hands of Mitchell Bros
Glenturret closes, and is dismantled five years later
James Fairlie reopens the distillery using the stills and mash tun from Tullibardine
Rémy Cointreau buys the distillery and installs a visitors' centre
Highland Distillers acquires Glenturret
Edrington and William Grant & Sons purchase Highland Distillers and ownership of Glenturret falls to the former
Edrington build a £2.2m visitors' centre, The Famous Grouse Experience, at Glenturret
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
The Edrington Group
1999 - present
1990 - 1999
1981 - 1990
1957 - 1981
1907 - 1928
Glenturret Distillery Co
1896 - 1907
1875 - 1896
1852 - 1875
John Drummond & Co
1818 - 1852
GLENTURRET AND CUTTY SARK BRANDS FOR SALE
Blended Scotch Cutty Sark and Glenturret distillery – the home of The Famous Grouse – are being put up for sale by their owner Edrington as part of plans to refocus its portfolio on premium brands.
The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret distillery
Iconic sight: The Famous Grouse Experience will close at Glenturret distillery following its sale
The owner of the new Macallan distillery on Speyside expects a ‘high level of interest’ in the two brands from prospective buyers.
Glenturret distillery in Crieff is currently home to the Famous Grouse visitor centre, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.
While Glenturret’s single malt whisky is a relatively small brand on its own, selling around 48,000 bottles a year, it forms a major component of the blended Scotch.
Both the distillery and visitor centre are being offered for sale, which will see the closure of the Famous Grouse Experience, although all 31 employees at the site are expected to keep their jobs in the transfer.
Edrington will however keep hold of The Famous Grouse brand, which is the best-selling whisky in Scotland.
Gerry O’Donnell, corporate affairs director for Edrington, said the company is considering creating a new visitor experience for the brand elsewhere.
‘It’s a good chance for us to reimagine our experiences for consumers in the future,’ he said.
Edrington chief executive Ian Curle said the sale of both Glenturret and Cutty Sark would enable the company to focus on its premium portfolio, including Macallan, Highland Park, Glenrothes and Famous Grouse.
‘Premium spirits is the fastest growing area of the spirits market,’ he said.
‘Focusing our resources and investment on the brands best equipped to compete powerfully will help Edrington to capitalise on the long term prospects from premium spirits.’
Cutty Sark was originally created to be smuggled across to the US during Prohibition
The news follows the opening of Macallan’s new subterranean distillery near Craigellachie, which forms part of a £500 million investment in the brand.
O’Donnell added: ‘These brands are above Glenturret in the pecking order and it’s our sense that Glenturret will get the focus and investment and consideration in another owner that it probably needs.’
The sale will also allow Edrington to focus on the development of Glenrothes single malt, having bought the distillery back from London wine and spirits retailer Berry Bros. & Rudd in April 2017.
Now available in over 30 countries, Glenrothes will see a new range and packaging introduced later this summer.
Cutty Sark, which was created in 1923 by Berry Bros. & Rudd, and owned by Edrington since 2010, is the biggest selling blended Scotch in Spain, Greece and Portugal, selling over eight million bottles a year.
The brand accounts for 10% of all spirits bottled at Edrington’s Great Western Road facility in Glasgow, although any impact on production ‘can be managed over time’.
The news comes as Edrington announced an annual sales increase of 7% for its 2017/18 financial year, and pre-tax profit increase of 3%.
The company also produces Brugal rum and Snow Leopard vodka.
GLENTURRET DISTILLERY SOLD TO LALIQUE OWNER
Glenturret distillery, the home of The Famous Grouse, has been sold to the Swiss owner of Lalique crystal.
Tourist attraction: Glenturret currently welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year
The distillery, based on the banks of the River Turret in Crieff, has been home to the blended Scotch whisky brand for the past 40 years.
Edrington, which owns Macallan and Highland Park distilleries, sold the site to Art & Terroir, a French wine producer and distributor operated by Lalique owner Silvio Denz.
The deal includes both the Glenturret distillery and single malt brand, as well as some maturing stock, although Edrington will retain the Famous Grouse brand.
The deal, made for an undisclosed sum, is expected to complete in spring 2019, and will safeguard the jobs of all Glenturret’s employees.
Ian Curle, chief executive of Edrington, said: ‘When we announced the sale in June, we were clear that we expected that all jobs would be safeguarded and we are pleased that negotiations have settled on a good result for Edrington and Art & Terroir, and one which will protect all our employees at Glenturret.’
Licensed distilling began at Glenturret in 1818 when it was known as The Hosh.
One of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, Glenturret has preserved traditional brewing and distilling practices, and currently welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Denz, managing director of Art & Terroir, said: ‘Glenturret is the perfect choice as we enter the world of Scotch whisky and we are looking forward to working with the existing team to bring even greater success to this superb single malt and to its beautiful Perthshire surroundings.’
Edrington announced it was seeking a buyer for Glenturret and its blended Scotch brand Cutty Sark in June this year.
Last month the sale of Cutty Sark to French drinks group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet was confirmed for an undisclosed sum.
Through Art & Terroir, Denz owns and distributes several vineyards in Bordeaux, as well as Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey in Sauternes.
NEW GLENTURRET OWNER TAPS MACALLAN EXPERTISE
The Glenturret distillery at Crieff, home of The Famous Grouse Experience, has a new owner – luxury goods business Lalique. But the team at the Perthshire plant has a familiar look to it, as .
How old?: Glenturret claims to be Scotland’s oldest distillery, but some question that
Until now, Glenturret has been best-known for The Famous Grouse Experience visitor centre,Towser the mouse-devouring catand a dubious claim to be Scotland’s oldest distillery (supposedly dating from 1775, although licensed distilling only began in 1818) – but all of that might be about to change.
Nine months afterbeing put up for salebyEdrington– owner ofMacallan,Highland ParkandThe Famous Grouse– the distillery in Crieff has a new owner: Glenturret Holding, a joint venture between luxury goods company Lalique Group and Swiss entrepreneur Hansjörg Wyss, Lalique’s second-largest shareholder.
Lalique, known for its glassware but with interests in perfume, cosmetics, jewellery and furniture, paid £15.5m for its half of the distillery, brand and whisky stocks, giving Glenturret an implied total value of £31m.
Lalique company chairman and majority shareholder Sylvio Denz is a keen wine collector, and owner of Bordeaux estates Château Faugères (St-Emilion) and Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (Sauternes) – but what does the Swiss owner of a French crystal maker know about whisky?
Perhaps more than we might think; Lalique has been working with luxury-focused single malt Macallan for many years. ‘Thanks to its collaboration with The Macallan, Lalique has acquired significant expertise, goodwill and standing in the Scottish whisky industry,’ says Denz.
It has also acquired a couple of high-profile figures in the Scotch whisky world, whose names are indelibly linked with Macallan: Bob Dalgarno, who spent 30 years at the Speyside distillery and who takes on the role of Glenturret master blender, and Ken Grier, the new venture’s strategic consultant, and the man who did more than anyone to bringMacallan’s new £140m hometo life.
Old range: We will have to wait until 2020 to see the new Glenturret line-up
Denz says he is ‘very proud’ to have both on board with the new project, describing them as ‘great business partners and friends over the past 10 years’. General manager John Laurie and distillery manager Ian Renwick – in post for more than 20 years – complete the senior Glenturret team.
So, will the approach with Glenturret mirror the Macallan philosophy of luxury bottlings targeted at wealthy drinkers in the Far East? Denz has declined to comment on that, but the company does say that ‘anticipated joint initiatives include the design of The Glenturret whisky bottles by Lalique and the creation of limited whisky decanters in Lalique crystal’. The glassmaker will, however, continue to work with Macallan: ‘The partnership… is as strong as ever,’ says Denz.
Beyond the distillery and visitor centre, Lalique is acquiring more than one million litres of maturing Glenturret whisky, the oldest dating back to 1987, as well as 2,400 cases of bottled whiskies.
What will the company do with it? Single malt bottlings from Glenturret have been relatively rare, although there was an abortive attempt tocreate a three-strong core range(Sherry, Triple Wood and Peated) in late 2015.
The new Glenturret range is set to hit the market in 2020, but its exact form remains unclear, with Lalique only saying that stocks ‘will allow for the blending of high-end single malts with ages ranging from 10 to 40 years, including various special editions and “The Master Blender’s Choice” limited editions’.
Old ways: Glenturret uses traditional production methods, such as hand-mashing
Glenturret is a small, self-styled ‘farmhouse’ distillery that has made great play of its traditional production methods, such as hand-mashing, fermentation times of up to 100 hours and the slow running of its stills. But Lalique believes the plant can work harder.
‘The Glenturret distillery has the capacity to considerably expand its current production level of around 170,000 litres [of pure alcohol] per year without the need for significant investments,’ the company has said.
‘Over time, it is planned that production will treble to approximately 500,000 litres per year, with increased volumes becoming available for blending in around 2026/7, allowing time for the whisky ageing process. The output forecast for 2019 is 205,000 litres.’
Increased production will be phased in quite rapidly, Denz adds, but without the need to expand the distillery. ‘Glenturret will be able to increase annual production over the next three years to around 500,000 litres per year with its existing stills, mashing and fermentation capacity,’ he says.
Glenturret has also been home to The Famous Grouse Experience tourist facility since 2002 but, with Edrington holding onto Grouse, that will have to change. As a relatively accessible Highland distillery – an hour or two’s drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow – Glenturret currently attracts about 70,000 visitors a year.
Lalique says it will continue to run the visitor centre, café and restaurant, but with a difference. ‘There are plans to renovate the visitor centre in the spirit of Lalique,’ says Denz, ‘with a Lalique shop-in-shop due to open in the course of 2020.’
New bosses: Lalique chairman Sylvio Denz (left) and CEO Roger von der Weid (right)
He also indicates that Glenturret will get together with ‘other renowned Scottish brands, particularly in the gastronomy and hospitality sector’. No further details yet, but it is worth bearing in mind that the Gleneagles Hotel is about 10 miles away. Lalique already runs a few high-end hotels, including a recently opened example at the Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey estate in Sauternes.
At the moment, Glenturret employs 25 people; as it cuts the Edrington apron strings and becomes self-sufficient, that figure is likely to expand to 30. The distillery will continue to produce peated spirit intermittently – known as Ruadh Mhor and previously mostly blended into The Famous Grouse Smoky Black.
Lalique is not buying a cash cow. In a buoyant market for single malt, Glenturret’s net profit was a wafer-thin £200,000 in 2018, but Lalique believes that’s misleading, thanks to the fact that there were ‘significant’ discounted sales of its whisky to other parts of the Edrington empire.
It expects ‘significantly higher’ profits following the ‘moderate’ spending planned for 2019 and 2020, and Denz says Glenturret remains ‘a rare investment and business opportunity’.
The truth of that statement remains to be seen. Lalique has considerable expertise in the luxury goods market, and global distribution to match – but this is the company’s first venture into Scotch whisky and, says Denz, there are no plans for further acquisitions.
Can some of the Macallan magic rub off on this relatively unheralded distillery, so far remembered more for tourism, feline killing machines and contentious historical claims? Time alone will tell.