Established in 1775, Glenturret Distillery is Scotland's oldest working distillery, and one of the remaining distilleries in Scotland able to demonstrate traditional, hand made whisky making processes, from mashman to stillman.
At Glenturret features the only hand operated mash tun, which we were fortunate to see being cleaned during our tour, and the heart of the spirit, is passed to the warehouse to be weighed, filled and casked by hand.
Glenturret is home to The Famous Grouse Experience, which has developed a team of Drammoliers™, who specialise in providing entertaining whisky nosing and tasting events, and including the on-site Stillman Experience where you can learn the art of blending.
This excellence was certainly evident in our tour guide, Amy, who was fantastic from the get go, ensuring international visitors had translated materials. Our personal highlight, was the introduction to the warehouse experience, including a detailed Q&A on the different types of whisky casks, covering the economics of hogsheads, butts and barrels.
Only a small proportion of Glenturret whisky is kept for release as a single malt, so it was great opportunity to sample a couple of nips from the range.
With our West Highland origins, our preference the Glenturret Peated, which - as promoted - 'is more akin to how it would have tasted back in 1775.'
The Visitor Centre Shop is a great experience, including the option to bottle your own Glenturret single malt straight from the cask, and join notable celebrities to have done so;
The tour rightly focuses on the Glenturret Single Malt Whisky range, so here is Gordon Motion, Master Blender for Edrington and The Famous Grouse, who will take you through a tasting of Scotland's favourite blended whisky.
Before the Distillery Experience, we enjoyed a coffee and fruit tea at Wilde Thyme at Glenturret, which helped us relax and recharge after a busy day.
We joined the last tour of the day at 16:30, so combined our visit with a brisk walk along a well marked trail, called Lovers Walk, and an evening meal at Delivino, a family friendly Italian restaurant and deli, that provided fantastic value for money.
To plan your tour, please visit experience.thefamousgrouse.com/
We recommend Rabbie's Tours of the Scottish Highlands & Islands
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