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Ceilidh Trail’s young musicians perform free at The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery

There’s a rare treat in store for lovers of traditional Scottish music and song when a group of outstanding young musicians perform FREE at The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff on Friday, August 4, 2017, from 12-1pm.

The six youngsters are stopping off at Scotland’s most visited and oldest working distillery as part of the 2017 Cèilidh Trail organised by the Fèis Fhoirt cultural tourism initiative.

The Cèilidh Trail is a platform for visitors to Scotland to experience traditional Scottish music in a wide variety of settings. Running over the peak July/August tourist season, the musicians entertain in a range of venues including pubs, restaurants, village halls and tourist attractions the length and breadth of Scotland.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager of The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome this fantastic group of young musicians to Crieff. This is a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to enjoy some beautifully crafted songs in both the Gaelic and Scots languages as well as lively folk tunes played on fiddles, accordions and other traditional musical instruments.”

Fifteen outstanding young musicians from across Scotland auditioned for a paid summer job touring on the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail 2017.

These young people are aged 17 – 19 and many of them are studying at some of the country’s leading music schools, including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

This project provides a professional development opportunity and a stepping stone between studying and launching a career as a performing artist.

In addition to 70 performances in Scotland, the superb young musicians on the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail 2017 have been invited to showcase at Cambridge Folk Festival in England (July 27 – 30) and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, France (August 4-13).

For further information on The Famous Grouse Experience and to book your tour, visit www.thefamousgrouseexperience.com

LIMITED EDITION GLENTURRET SINGLE MALT WINS PRESTIGIOUS SPIRIT AWARD

The Glenturret limited edition single malt, Fly’s 16 Masters Edition, has been awarded a SILVER in the International Spirits Challenge 2017: the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competition in the world.

The limited edition, which is still available to purchase, was dedicated to Fly the distillery dog, discovered in a photo unearthed at Glenturret Distillery of 16 stillmen and their dog which dates back to 1905.

Fly’s 16 Masters Edition is one of the extra special whisky releases to come from the small Perthshire distillery since the craft whisky brand was revitalised in 2015. Only 1,740 bottles of this rare 16-year old single malt were released last year on World Whisky Day.

The single malt has been described by leading whisky reviewer, Jim Murray, as “unmistakably Glenturret”, receiving the Liquid Gold Award in his world-leading whisky guide, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017, with a total score of 96 out of 100.

The International Spirits Challenge Tasting Awards comprise of blind tastings by panels of more than 50 respected and experienced industry professionals. Judges assess products according to their age, region and variety and award a score for its aroma, appearance, taste and finish. Scores are collated and recorded by the category chairman before Trophy, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded.

Stuart Cassells, general manager at Glenturret Distillery, commented:

“The Glenturret Fly’s 16 Masters Edition was a very special whisky release, dedicated to the skilled craftsmanship and traditional values we still hold here at the distillery today, and the heritage behind The Glenturret. It’s fantastic that the passion to create exceptional whisky the traditional way has been recognised with a Silver ISC award.

Stuart continues:

“With only a small number of this limited-edition whisky remaining from the initial release, these will make a great Father’s Day present for the whisky lover.”

The Glenturret Fly’s Masters Edition Tasting Notes:

 Appearance: Warm in your belly sun kissed amber hue

Nose: Lightly perfumed, citric, newly cut flowers, hints of marzipan, old leather, popcorn

Palate: Long and lingering, mature fruit notes, black cherries, mocha coffee maybe even espresso

Finish: Vibrant, well-aged, good balance, easy to drink

For more information on The Glenturret visit www.theglenturret.com

Please enjoy our whisky responsibly www.drinkaware.co.uk

Glenturret-washed Strathearn Cheese receives Gold World Cheese Award

An artisan cheese washed in The Glenturret single malt has received a gold award at the World Cheese Awards, which took place in Northern Spain this month.

‘Strathearn’ from Strathearn Cheese in Comrie is a handmade rennet set cheese hand washed with a brine that’s flavoured with Glenturret’s 10-year-old single malt whisky. The brine, along with a four-week maturation process, gives the cheese a hint of whisky taste.

The awards, which took place during the International Cheese Festival in San Sebastian, Spain, attracts over 3,000 entries from over 25 countries and is judged by over 250 experts; from retailers, buyers, cheesemakers and food commentators. The cheese is split into categories and awarded bronze, silver, gold or ‘super gold’. The ‘super gold’ cheeses then go on to be narrowed down until one cheese is crowned the ‘best cheese in the world’.

Strathearn Cheese launched in January this year and pride themselves on using local ingredients where they can, which made the 10-year-old Glenturret, produced by hand at the nearby Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, a natural choice.

Pierre Leger, who co-owns Strathearn Cheese along with Drew Watson, commented:

“We are both absolutely delighted that judges at the World Cheese Awards awarded a gold award to our Strathearn cheese. There aren’t many cheeses made with whisky in Scotland so being able to showcase a truly Scottish cheese, made with whisky crafted right on our doorstep here in Perthshire, on an international level has been fantastic.”

Stuart Cassells, General Manager at Glenturret Distillery, said:

“At Glenturret Distillery our stillmen still hand mash our ingredients by hand so it was only fitting for us to lend our Glenturret 10-year-old malt to this fantastic handmade, local cheese. For the Strathearn to pick up the gold award is a fantastic success for the guys at Strathearn Cheese and we’re delighted for Glenturret to have played its part in giving it that special flavour.”

For more on The Glenturret visit www.theglenturret.com

For more information about Strathearn Cheese visit www.strathearncheese.co.uk

Whisky Bible says Glenturret’s Fly is “Dog’s Bollocks”

Fly’s 16 Masters Edition, one of Glenturret Distillery’s limited release single malts named after the distillery dog from 1905, has been awarded the Liquid Gold Award in the world’s leading whisky guide, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017. Closing the review Murray commented in his own irreverent style that the single malt was fittingly “the dog’s bollocks”.

Only 1,740 bottles of this rare 16-year old single malt were released earlier this year on World Whisky Day. The limited edition was dedicated to Fly, the distillery dog, shown in a photo unearthed at Glenturret Distillery earlier this year, and dating back to 1905 showing the 16 stillmen of Glenturret.

Receiving a total score of 96 out of 100 in the leading whisky guide which has sold over half a million copies worldwide and features tastings of over 4,600 whiskies, the review summed up the malt’s characteristics, commenting ““It is, as is fitting to old Fly, the dog’s bollocks…”

Described as “unmistakably Glenturret”, Fly’s 16 Masters Edition is one of the extra special whisky releases to come from the small Perthshire distillery since the brand was brought back to life in 2015. Last year, a rare 34-year old single cask of just 54 special bottles sold out within two hours.

Stuart Cassels, the driving force behind Glenturret’s recent return to the limelight, commented:

“The Glenturret Fly’s 16 Masters Edition was an extra special whisky release, dedicated to the skilled craftsmanship and traditional values we still hold here at the distillery today, and the heritage behind The Glenturret. We pride ourselves on being the most traditionally made whisky in Scotland and it is fantastic for Glenturret and our stillmen, past and present, to be recognised on an international level by such a well-respected whisky expert. With only a small number of this limited-edition whisky remaining from the initial release, these will make the ultimate Christmas present for the whisky lover. But folks should hurry, as soon as word gets out about the Liquid Gold Award, we expect the remaining bottles to ‘fly’ of the shelf for good.”

The Glenturret Fly’s Masters Edition Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Warm in your belly sun kissed amber hue

Nose: Lightly perfumed, citric, newly cut flowers, hints of marzipan, old leather, popcorn

Palate: Long and lingering, mature fruit notes, black cherries, mocha coffee maybe even espresso

Finish: Vibrant, well-aged, good balance, easy to drink

For more information on The Glenturret visit www.theglenturret.com

Please enjoy our whisky responsibly www.drinkaware.co.uk

Glenturret special edition malt is a hit with whisky connoisseurs

 

The Glenturret has proved to be a whisky connoisseur’s favourite after making it into Scottish Field magazine’s Whisky Challenge Grand Final.

Scottish Field’s judges have nominated The Glenturret Sherry Edition malt whisky to go through to the final of this year’s prestigious Whisky Challenge, a competition which subjects some of the country’s finest Scotch whiskies to a set of expert taste buds.

The next step is for the Sherry Edition, one of a trio of malts hand-made at the Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, to be included in a blind tasting by the judges. The results of the Whisky Challenge will then be published in a supplement to the December issue of Scottish Field magazine.

The Sherry Edition was launched last year as part of a new range of single malts that highlight the versatility of Glenturret’s small batch processes with three distinct flavor profiles, to celebrate Glenturret Distillery’s 240th year. The range, which also included Triple Wood and Peated, marked the return of Glenturret to the market after years of being a key ingredient in The Famous Grouse blend.

The Glenturret Sherry Edition has been matured in both Spanish and American oak sherry-seasoned casks, delivering a sweet spiciness with a soft oak background.

Stuart Cassells, general manager at Glenturret Distillery, said:

“The Glenturret Sherry Edition is special to us because it helped relaunch The Glenturret, reinforcing Glenturret Distillery’s unique heritage as Scotland’s only remaining producer of hand-mashed whisky. We’re thrilled that it appears to be special to Scottish Field’s judges too. Let’s see whether this gem of a whisky goes all the way to win the competition.”

The Glenturret Sherry Edition retails at £45 and is sold at The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret distillery, both in the shop and online. It is distributed in the UK by Gordon & MacPhail.

For more on The Glenturret visit www.theglenturret.com

A smidgen of Glenturret gives new local cheese a tipsy twist

An artisanal cheesemaker in Perthshire has launched a cheese with a tipsy twist to it: it’s made with The Glenturret malt whisky.

Strathearn from Comrie-based Strathearn Cheese is a rennet set cheese hand washed with a brine that’s flavoured with a 10-year-old Glenturret malt. The brine, along with a four-week maturation process, gives the cheese a hint of a whisky that also prides itself on being hand-made.

The cheese is being sold in delicatessens and farm shops and will make an appearance at Perth Farmers’ Market this Saturday.

The partners behind the new cheesemaking business, which launched in January, said they stick to local ingredients as much as they can, which made The 10-year-old Glenturret, produced at the nearby Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, a natural choice.

“There aren’t many cheeses made with whisky in Scotland and it was important for us to make something that was very local,” said Pierre Leger, co-owner of Strathearn Cheese along with Drew Watson.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager at Glenturret Distllery, said:

“At Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest working distillery, our stillmen still mash ingredients by hand. That’s why we’re delighted that our now 240-year-old brand is appearing in a new hand-made cheese. We are always thrilled when collaborations like this happen and we feel sure Strathearn cheese will be a delicious hit.”

For more on The Glenturret visit www.theglenturret.com

For more information about Strathearn Cheese visit http://strathearncheese.co.uk/home.html

Two of Scotland’s national treasures link up for charity auction

One of Scotland’s oldest whiskies meets one of Scotland’s favourite sports stars at a fundraiser being held this week in Fife.

A beach rugby event taking place in Elie on Saturday July 23rd will feature a limited edition bottle of Glenturret single malt signed by rugby great Gavin Hastings, as part of a charity auction.

The bottle is numbered 667, which is the number of points Gavin scored for Scotland. The highly collectible 16-year-old malt is part of a batch of just 1740. Called Fly’s 16 Masters Edition, it is the latest in a line of limited edition whisky releases from Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, Scotland’s oldest working distillery.

The free event, which features a game of beach rugby, a barbecue and an after-party, takes place outside The Ship Inn in Elie and is being organised by clothing entrepreneur Henry James who grew up at the East Neuk pub. Henry’s swim shorts brand Henri James, Savills and The Ship Inn are joint organisers.

Proceeds from the auction will go to The Sandpiper Trust, an organization that provides immediate medical care in Scotland, particularly in remote areas, through a standardised medical kit called the Sandpiper Bag.

The Glenturret Fly’s 16 Masters Edition has an interesting ‘tail’ to tale. The label bears an image from 1905 which features 16 if the distillery’s stillmen, along with a collie dog named Fly. The dog was believed to belong to the distillery manager. The photograph was unearthed from the back of a cupboard at the distillery.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager at The Glenturret Distillery, said:

“It seems fitting that our very special Fly’s 16 Masters Edition should be linked to a very special Scot, Gavin Hastings, as well as an extremely worthy charity. Little would those stillmen have known that they would not only inspire their own limited edition malt but be linked to Scotland’s greatest rugby player and, in my opinion, the best fullback in history.”

For more on Fly’s 16 Masters Edition visit shop.thefamousgrouse.com

For more information about Elie Beach Rugby visit the Facebook event here.

Scottish rugby team gets its very own ‘haka’ dance thanks to country’s oldest distillery

As Scotland sends its support and best wishes to its rugby team for Sunday’s Six Nations game against France, Scotland’s oldest whisky distillery is sending something else: a homegrown dance that may help the team on its way to victory.

Straight from the heart of Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, Perthshire comes The Glenturret Haka, a dance to challenge the famous haka war dance of the New Zealand All Blacks. The Glenturret Haka, shared extensively via Facebook and YouTube, celebrates the hand mashing that sets the distillery apart from others. It shows stillmen from the distillery replicating the mashing movements and processes that are used to make Scottish whisky the traditional, hand-made, way.

Glenturret likes to think the video, which was originally posted on Facebook just days before Scotland’s win against Italy, was instrumental in helping the Scottish team end their nine-match Six Nations losing streak. The video has now been viewed by more than 6000 people via social media, even prompting some bars and pubs in Edinburgh to get in on The Glenturret Haka action.

Glenturret’s Stuart Cassells commented:

“We have high hopes for The Glenturret Haka that it will work like the proverbial charm to help Scotland win this Sunday and if the team wants to practice these new moves on the field, all the better! We’ve already had several Edinburgh pubs getting into the spirit this week, and sharing their versions of The Glenturret Haka with us. However, even if Scotland don’t deliver this Saturday, we’ve already struck up an entente cordiale with the French who have recently confirmed the first shipment of The Glenturret, making them our first ever export market for the whisky.”

You can catch the Scotland vs France game on Sunday 13th March at 3.00 pm on BBC.

Watch the Glenturret Haka on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/theglenturret

Could it be the Year of the Whisky? Mystery rock carving in China leaves Scots distillery baffled

What is the link between a Scottish missionary doctor, a resort in the mountains of China, and the UK’s oldest whisky distillery?

That’s the question being asked after construction workers in China uncovered a giant piece of rock engraved with the word Glenturret – the name of the famous whisky distillery in Crieff, Perthshire.

The discovery came during a recent excavation for a resort at Moganshan, a hilly vacation destination of China two hours from Shanghai. The developers of the resort know some of the property used to belong to Dr. Duncan Main, a Scottish missionary doctor who dedicated 45 years of his life to working in China in the late 1800s and early 1900s. What they are puzzled about is the connection to Glenturret.

Staff at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, Perthshire are baffled too. That’s why they’re calling on the public to help them solve the last pieces of an intriguing puzzle, one that gives a new twist to UK-China trade relations.

Grant Horsfield, founder of naked, which operates a luxury eco-resort in the area and is working on opening more properties, commented:

“We know Dr. Duncan Main, one of the most famous missionaries in China at the time, had a castle on the property and that it was used as a summer retreat by him and his hospital staff. It was built in 1910 as a sanitorium and known simply as #1 Moganshan. We also know it passed into the hands of the government of Zhejiang for a short time during China’s nationalisation and then was handed back to Dr. Main’s son, S. Duncan Main. It was then sold to the Jiangnan Auto Company and opened as the Green Shade Inn. However, it was not well maintained and was torn down in the 1960s.”

Horsfield recently got in touch with Glenturret Distillery, home of The Famous Grouse and The Glenturret Single Malt, after he and his workers found the name engraved in bold letters into a piece of rock. With the help of researchers on both sides of the world, including the local history officer at the AK Bell Library in Perth, the two parties have filled in a few blanks. But they’re hoping the public can help solve the mystery for good.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager of Glenturret Distillery, commented:

“At first it might seem not seem like a surprise that a Scottish missionary doctor would be linked to a Scottish whisky distillery. But the fact is that Dr. Duncan Main was born and brought up in Ayrshire and was educated in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We have yet to find a link between Dr. Main and our own region of Crieff, which is some distance away at the foot of the Scottish Highlands.

“We’re wondering if perhaps Dr. Main was such a fan of his native drink that he was one of the first importers of Glenturret whisky to China. Another possibility is that the rock has uncovered a link not to Glenturret Distillery but to a British steamship called Glenturret that we also know existed.

“What is clear is that Glenturret made its mark, literally, halfway around the world. We’d love to have someone come forward to shed some more light on what is truly a fascinating story and a very colourful cast of characters. Otherwise, for us, it may not be so much the Year of the Monkey as the Year of the Whisky as we try to clear the whole mystery up.”

Glenturret Distillery is asking anybody with information on Dr. Duncan Main, particularly regarding his time in China, or the mysterious rock to get in touch with the distillery at marketing@theglenturret.com

The Timeline of #1 Moganshan and Glenturret

1775: ‘Hosh’ distillery, later known as Glenturret Distillery, is established beside the waters of Turret Burn in Crieff, Perthshire.

1856: Dr. Duncan Main is born in Kirmichael, Ayrshire.

1873-1881: Dr. Main begins studying business and soon becomes interested in missionary work and medicine. He studies at both the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh.

1881: Dr. Main marries Florence Nightingale Smith, named after the original Florence Nightingale. They set sail for China and a career as missionaries. They settle in Hangzhou.

1910: Moganshan in the mountaintop bamboo forests near Hangzhou has become a popular getaway for missionaries and their families escaping the stifling heat of Shanghai. #1 Moganshan is built as a sanitorum for Dr. Main, his family and his hospital staff.

1921: Following the American Prohibition, Glenturret ceases distilling whisky. It will remain closed for another thirty years.

1926: During their time in China, Dr. Main and his wife have been credited with opening more than 30 medical and welfare institutions. Dr. Main has received several honours and decorations from the Chinese government. The couple retires to Scotland.

1928: #1 Moganshan is nationalised under the leadership of Zhang Jingjiang, the then governor of Zhejiang.

1931: The older son of Dr. Main, S. Duncan Main, disputes ownership of the villa. The property is returned to Dr. Main’s son.

1932: Dr. Main’s son sells #1 Moganshan to the Jiangnan Auto Company, founded in 1932 by Zhang Jingjiang. It is known as Green Shade Inn.

1957: Glenturret Distillery reopens in Crieff.

1960s: After years of neglect, #1 Moganshan is torn down.

2007: South African Grant Horsfield opens the first of his naked eco-friendly villas in Moganshan, which puts Moganshan back on the map as a vacation destination after 70 years of oblivion.

2015: Glenturret Distillery celebrates its 240th anniversary. It remains the only whisky distillery in Scotland to hand mash during its production process. Maker of The Famous Grouse and The Glenturret, it is the most visited distillery in Scotland.

2016: naked has an additional six resorts under development. In excavating the area of Moganshan, Horsfield and his company uncover a rock bearing the name Glenturret.

Douglas Laing to distribute Glenturret’s core range of single malts across Europe

Glenturret Distillery is delighted to announce that Douglas Laing is its European distributor for Glenturret Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

The Edrington-owned brand announced the launch of a new core range in November 2015: The Glenturret Sherry Edition, The Glenturret Triple Wood Edition and The Glenturret Peated Edition. It is this new portfolio that whisky blender and purveyor Douglas Laing will distribute across Europe.

Until last November’s launch, only a very small proportion of the single malt produced at Scotland’s oldest distillery was bottled as such, with the majority destined for blending in The Famous Grouse, Scotland’s best-selling whisky.

Last year saw Glenturret Distillery celebrate its 240th year with the relaunch of these core malts, as well as the launch of two limited edition malts. The Crieff distillery is famous for its traditional whisky making. It is the only one in Scotland to hand mash during production.

Glenturret’s Stuart Cassells commented:

“You’d be forgiven for calling this new range the “relaunch” of The Glenturret, some 240 years after it was first established. However, we deem it simply The Glenturret Launch, on the assumption that this silent hero of a single malt probably never had a launch at all.

“Despite the passing of time, these new whiskies – The Glenturret Sherry Edition, The Glenturret Triple Wood Edition and The Glenturret Peated Edition – draw on the very best of our traditional production methods from way back in 1775, requiring only five pairs of skilled hands to produce these exceptional malts. Cared for in bespoke wax-dipped bottles, these are single malts that deserve recognition, and we are thrilled to partner with Douglas Laing to take the brand to new heights across the European market.”

Douglas Laing’s Commercial Director Chris Leggat said:

“We are delighted to get our creative hands onto the Glenturret brand. Scotland’s oldest distillery produces a wonderful malt whisky and we will give this brand the attention it so rightly deserves. Come February 2016 we’ll be hitting the ground running and we look forward to bringing the brand into the arms of Douglas Laing and to our extensive network of friends across Europe.”