Glenturret Distillery

Glenturret Distillery: A Unique Marriage Of Fine Malt Whisky & Haute Cuisine

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Glenturret Distillery is a Great British Brand 2023

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Glenturret Distillery is an entry in our Great British Brands 2023 book. 

Glenturret Distillery: Great British Brand 2023

‘The past year has been an exciting time at The Glenturret. It was the first year of trading for the distillery’s restaurant, which had opened the previous summer with the aim of demonstrating how whisky and fine food complement each other. One unexpected outcome of Covid may be that it enabled us to attract a star of the Scottish culinary world to The Glenturret. 

‘Renowned chef Mark Donald was captivated by the innovative concept during a particularly challenging time for the hospitality industry. 2022 also saw visitors coming back to the distillery: the visitor centre felt alive again; everyone’s energy levels were buoyed by the return of the tourists. We made an important change in the distilling process in 2022 by replacing our mash tun with a closed-topped one. This latest upgrade has saved a huge amount of energy and water, thereby massively reducing the distillery’s carbon footprint. But the year had its difficulties, too. 

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‘One of the major challenges for whisky production has been the soaring cost of energy. The war in Ukraine has disrupted our supply chains – for example, shipping the whisky to our markets now takes much longer – and has caused the price of barley – one of the principal ingredients of whisky – to go through the roof. The weakness of sterling, while generally a good thing for exporters, for luxury goods brings with it the danger of discounting in overseas markets. 

‘In 2023, I’d love to see some stabilisation of costs as that would make managing the business easier. The Glenturret shows great promise as we look to the years ahead. Our whiskies are re-establishing themselves as a premium brand and the restaurant is a great success with weekend reservations booked a minimum of two months in advance.’ John Laurie, Managing Director, The Glenturret

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Brand Timeline

1763

First documentary record of The Glenturret in a lease granted by the Barony of Ochtertyre. Originally known as The Thurot Distillery. 

1825

The Drummonds negotiate the Ochtertyre Agreement to obtain water and peat for whisky production, securing the distillery’s future.

1980

The Glenturret opens one of the first distillery visitor centres in Scotland, welcoming one million visitors in the following decade.

2019

The Glenturret’s new owners, led by The Lalique group, unite Lalique’s contemporary elegance with the distillery’s traditional craftship.

2022

The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant makes history by becoming the first restaurant in a distillery in the world to earn a Michelin star.

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DID YOU KNOW

  1. The Glenturret Distillery is Scotland’s oldest working distillery, dating back to 1763.
  2. In the 18th century, Sir Patrick Murray of Ochtertyre owned The Glenturret and part of the new bottle design features elements of his coat of arms.
  3. The Glenturret Distillery was home to the famous cat, Towser. She features in the Guinness World Records as The World’s Greatest Mouser.
  4. The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant won a Michelin star within seven months of opening, making it the fastest Scottish restaurant to win the award. 
  5. In 2009 The Glenturret began producing a peated spirit called Ruadh Maor, named after a shooting lodge that was flooded to make way for the Loch Turret reservoir. 

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THE GLENTURRET DISTILLERY

The Hosh, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland PH7 4HA

+44 (0)1754 656565

theglenturret.com

@theglenturretwhisky