Ancient The Glenturret Distillery Revamps Its Scotch Single Malt Offerings

Scotland’s The Glenturret distillery is considered to perhaps be the oldest working distillery in that whisky making region, sporting a 250 year old history that begins back in 1763, with the first historical reference to a distillery and what we would later know today as this brand. It is believed distilling was perhaps going on there even before that.

As was common with the Scottish distilleries, particularly the older ones, history saw The Glenturret change ownership hands a few times and also fall silent for a period of time from 1923 to 1957. Jump forward to 2019 and this facility was purchased by a joint venture led by The Lalique Group, a French luxury lifestyle company.

The Glenturret 2020 range

The revamped The Glenturret Scotch range (image via The Glenturret)

With all of this as background, last month what’s described as a new chapter began for The Glenturret, complete with a revamping of the brand and the introduction of a group of new single malt whiskies. It is said as this next phase rolls out there will be an honoring of “the provenance of the distillery located in the heart of Crieff, its prowess in traditional distilling and passion to preserve and enrich whisky making for future generations.”

The new The Glenturret line up, according to those behind it, will feature “four core expressions: Triple Wood, 10 years old Peat Smoked, 12 years old and 15 years old, as well as the 25 and 30 years old, an ‘Extremely Scarce’ release limited to 1,000 bottles in total.” All of these whiskies are under the care of Bob Dalgarno, regarded as one of the better whisky makers in the industry.

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“I saw Glenturret as a great opportunity to work alongside an understated yet highly skilled team who influence the creation of the distillery New Make Spirit as only their hands can,” said Dalgarno in a prepared statement. “Alongside this was the challenge of creating a new range of whiskies with a different cask and character profile. Building on previous experiences and having the freedom to influence and develop, respecting the history whilst writing new chapters was a perfect fit.”

“Having Bob on board is a recognition of the scale of our ambition and a testament to our transformative work over the past eight months,” added Ian Renwick, Distillery Manager at The Glenturret. “Throughout the process, from distillation through to maturation, we have been working closely together every day with Bob and our team. We cannot wait to share the new expressions with the world.”

The new Glenturret range, of which more information can be found on each expression below, will be available at select hotels, restaurants, bars and retailers across several markets including the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, China and Taiwan.

The Glenturret Triple Wood
Aged in AMERICAN and EUROPEAN SHERRY casks and BOURBON barrels, sweet FRUIT and CARAMEL flirt with sticky GINGER cake and VANILLA, maturing OAK and light SPICES look on with interest from the sidelines. Bottled at 43%vol. Natural in Colour.

The Glenturret 10 Years Old Peat Smoked
SMOKE from the PEAT FIRE envelops. Fresh CITRUS FRUIT, VANILLA and light SPICE drift from the embers with hints of SEA SALT and smouldering HEATHER. Bottled at 50%vol. Natural in Colour. Non-Chill-Filtered.

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The Glenturret 12 Years Old
Rich FRUIT CAKE dressed with WALNUTS. Sweet APPLE and GINGER in balance enjoyed with LEMON TEA. The EUROPEAN OAK politely drives the chosen strength. Bottled at 46%vol. Natural in Colour and Non-Chill-Filtered.

The Glenturret 15 Years Old
Vibrant LEMON ZEST sings, harmonising with TOFFEE APPLE and notes of SPICE. A soft baritone of OAK in the background, STRENGTH steps forward and adds its voice. Bottled at 55%vol. Natural in Colour and Non-Chill-Filtered.

The Glenturret 25 Years Old
A slice of FRUIT SPONGE, LEMON and CARAMELISED APPLE lightly coated with SYRUP. Layers of CINNAMON and VANILLA add sweetness with aromatics, SOFT OAK and GINGER. Bottled at 44.5%vol. Natural in Colour and Non-Chill-Filtered.

The Glenturret 30 Years Old
TROPICAL FRUIT and VANILLA discretely chaperone GREEN APPLE, PEAR and OAK as they dance together in a slow waltz of aroma and flavour. Bottled at 45.7%vol. Natural in Colour and Non-Chill-Filtered

The Glenturret New Make Spirit
Cornerstones of ORANGE and APPLE bound together with a touch of PEAR, TOFFEE APPLE sweetness, CEREAL notes, and a hint of oiliness. Placed into cask at 63.5%vol.


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