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Glen’s Cask: Glenturret Distillery’s famous feline becomes the latest famous Bottle Your Own whisky

The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery has announced that its latest limited edition Bottle Your Own cask is to be named after one of its famous feline residents: Glen.

An exclusive cask of 13-year-old limited edition single malt whisky – named after ginger ‘Mouser-in-Chief’ Glen – is now available from the on-site Famous Shop.

Glen – and his furry friend Turret – are quite the celebrities at The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff. The popular pussycats have an important role welcoming 80,000 visitors every year and ensuring the mice stay well away from the precious malted barley as they patrol the award-winning visitor attraction.

The duo follows in the proverbial paw-steps of Towser, who still holds the Guinness World Record for best mouser, catching 28,899 mice in her 24 years at the distillery and whose statue and World Record Certificate is proudly displayed on the distillery wall.

The Famous Grouse Experience boasts an illustrious line of Bottle Your Own ‘celebrities’ who have ties to the Perthshire area including actors Gerard Butler and Ewan McGregor, tennis ace Andy Murray and The Earl and Countess of Strathearn.

The Bottle Your Own series is hand-picked as an exceptional cask from the Glenturret Distillery. These are extremely collectable and the bottles from these casks are only available by bottling your own from the Glenturret Distillery shop and is also available online on both the The Famous Grouse UK and global sites.

John Laurie, General Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience, said:

“Our Bottle Your Own experience always proves incredibly popular and Glen’s Cask will take his rightful place alongside the other Bottle Your Own ‘celebrities’ like the famous ‘Towser the Mouser’.

“The previous Towser Cask was the fastest selling Bottle Your Own cask to date, selling out in just three months. Hopefully Glen’s Cask will be just as successful. Both of these casks were filled on the same day 13 years ago and have similar desirable flavour characteristics.

“We’ll then follow on with Turret’s Cask once this one is finished.”

Glen’s Cask was specially selected by Master whisky maker, Gordon Motion, who describes it as “a really nice dram with lingering citrus notes.” The 13-year-old single cask is a first fill American oak sherry puncheon filled on November 6, 2003 with an ABV of 59.2% and bottle will cost £85.

Continuing the charity donation from the Bottle Your Own, a £5 donation from each bottle sold will go to this cask’s chosen charity, the Snow Leopard Trust, which aims to aims to protect endangered cats through community-based conservation projects.

 Glen’s Cask Bottle Your Own edition tasting notes:

Aroma: Very fruity, satsuma and pineapple.

Taste: Orange peel, pear crumble and vanilla.

Aftertaste: Lingering citrus notes.

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

The Famous Grouse Experience is a finalist in The Scottish Field Whisky Challenge Awards

The Famous Grouse Experience is celebrating after reaching the finals of the highly prestigious Scottish Field Whisky Challenge Awards.

Scotland’s most visited and oldest working distillery attraction achieved a significant position in the Top 10 out of an extremely competitive field of 40 entrants in the category of Distillery Visitor Experience of the Year 2016.

The Glenturret Sherry Cask Edition – part of the Distillery’s core range – was also nominated in the £40-£80 category.

John Laurie, General Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience, said:

“I am thrilled to reach the finals of The Scottish Field Whisky Challenge Awards. It means a lot to be recognised for the work we are doing at The Famous Grouse Experience. Our success is very much a team effort and I’m extremely proud of the hard work and dedication that my colleagues put in to ensure our visitor attraction remains the most visited in Scotland.”

The Scottish Field Whisky Challenge Awards saw the great and the good of the whisky industry honoured at a glittering event in Edinburgh’s Ghillie Dhu recently.

Janice Johnston, project manager for the Whisky Challenge, said:

“I am delighted that we continue to be associated with such an exciting and passionate industry and am hugely grateful for the support and dedication that our judges bring to the table, giving so freely of their time and experience throughout the year.”

Stuart McHardy is highlight of Glenturret tour, tasting and storytelling evening at The Famous Grouse Experience

Storyteller extraordinaire Stuart McHardy will be spinning his incredible tales of Scottish myths and legends during a special event at The Famous Grouse Experience next month.

Aimed at adults, gifted performer Stuart is the highlight of the Glenturret Tour, Tasting and Storytelling Evening at the Crieff visitor attraction on Friday, December 8, from 6-9pm.

Visitors will enjoy the Glenturret Distillery Tour (two tour times, 6pm and 6.10pm), followed by an exclusive Glenturret tasting session with the opportunity to try five Glenturret drams (some are distillery exclusives that are no longer available for sale) and finally a storytelling session courtesy of Stuart McHardy.

A regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland’s McGregor’s Gathering, Stuart has been a key collector of traditional Scots stories since winning a Scots language storytelling bursary in 1999 and has devoted increasing time and energy to sharing his work through live storytelling.

He also brings these stories to a reading audience through his books, including ‘Pictish Tales and Legends’, ‘On the Trail of Scotland’s Myth and Legends’ and ‘The White Cockade and other Jacobite Tales’.

The Glenturret Tour, Tasting and Storytelling Evening, part of the ‘Make It Famous’ series of events, costs £35 per person (which includes canapés).

To book a place email enquiries@thefamousgrouse.com or phone 01764 656565. You can also book online via experience.thefamousgrouse.com

ICONIC GROUSE STATUE GETS A POPPYSCOTLAND MAKEOVER AHEAD OF REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Talented Crieff artist June McEwan went to great heights for Poppyscotland when she joined forces with The Famous Grouse Experience this week.

The fearless fundraiser ascended 20 feet on a cherrypicker to crown the grouse statue, which is situated outside Scotland’s most visited and oldest working distillery, with a striking poppy hat.

The eye-catching accessory was specially commissioned by The Famous Grouse Experience to highlight the ongoing contribution of the armed forces in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.

June, who is a prominent member of Crieff Remembers, a community organisation formed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WW1, based her design on the traditional military caps and bonnets of that era. A cluster of knitted poppies on the top – along with a poppy embellishment on the Grouse’s breast – completed the design.

John Laurie, General Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience, also announced that the visitor attraction would be offering free Distillery and Tasting Experience tours for serving and retired military personnel during the month of November.

John Laurie said: “As well as hosting our annual Poppyscotland collection, staff at The Famous Grouse Experience wanted to do something special to give back to the brave men and women who serve, or have served, in our armed forces.”

June McEwan said: “I was honoured to be commissioned to create this artwork and I hope that it reminds visitors to The Famous Grouse Experience of the sacrifices of the brave men and women who served in our armed forces, both then and now.

“It’s not often that I have to use a cherrypicker to put the finishing touches to my artwork, but I am happy with the finished design. I was inspired by photographer of WW1 soldiers and wanted to create something that was both eyecatching and respectful.”

Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone at The Famous Grouse Experience for their support of the Scottish Poppy Appeal and for going the extra mile for us this year, which means that members of the Armed Forces community can continue to receive the vital services that they rely on.”

Poppyscotland supports ex-servicemen and women and their families, providing life-changing support for the Armed Forces community. The charity helps at times of crisis and need, offering vital, practical advice, assistance and funding.

John Laurie also accepted a cheque on behalf of PoppyScotland from David Agnew, owner of Valentines In Crieff. The well-known store raised £110 by selling Wilma Linklater’s specially designed tweed fabric poppies during last year’s Crieff Arts Festival.

David Agnew said: “I am delighted to hand over this cheque on behalf of Valentines and the Crieff Arts Festival. These quirky poppies proved such a big hit with our customers that we are planning to do the same this year.”

THE FAMOUS GROUSE EXPERIENCE JOINS VISITSCOTLAND’S INFORMATION PARTNER (VIP) PROGRAMME

The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff has become the latest business in the country to sign up to VisitScotland’s Information Partner (VIP) programme.

Scotland’s most visited and oldest working distillery has now joined an exclusive network of VisitScotland Information Partners (VIPs) by committing to actively promote Crieff and the wider Perthshire area, and services offered by local businesses.

Launched in May 2016, the VIP programme ties in with VisitScotland’s global Spirit of Scotland campaign and harnesses the local knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm of partners across the country to help visitors receive the warmest of welcomes and make the most of their trip to Scotland.

From a luxury chocolate factory and café in the most north-westerly village on mainland Scotland to a gemstone museum in Dumfries & Galloway, and from award-winning restaurants in central Glasgow to libraries in Banchory and Inverurie, the programme includes partners in every region of Scotland and covering all tourism businesses.

The programme has taken the country by storm since it was launched with visitor attractions, accommodation providers and social enterprises all joining up to do their bit to ensure visitors receive first-class information about the local region and Scotland as a whole.

Jamie Morrison, Assistant Visitor Experience Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery, is responsible for managing the VIP programme at The Famous Grouse Experience.

He said: Crieff and the wider Perthshire region have a host of things to see and do for visitors and we have a real sense of pride in being part of this exciting scheme.

“The Famous Grouse Experience welcomes over 80,000 visitors each year and the VIP programme is a great opportunity for our staff to further share their wealth of local knowledge to help showcase the tourism offer in the area.

“By joining the VIP programme, not only are we helping to further strengthen and enhance the overall visitor experience at The Famous Grouse and Perthshire, we are working together to raise the profile of Scotland as a whole.”

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery to our VIP programme as recognition of the role staff at this hugely popular attraction already play in promoting their local area.

“This region boasts a multitude of things for visitors to see and do and we look forward to working with The Famous Grouse at Glenturret to ensure that visitors receive the best local information from a variety of providers.

“VisitScotland’s VIP programme aims to ensure that all tourism providers can be local ambassadors and help provide information, assistance and advice on all there is to see and do here. This follows a growing trend among consumers to use online resources to plan their trips and we now have partners throughout the country providing high quality information and advice to visitors with whom they interact.”

The VIP programme forms part of VisitScotland’s focus on information which also includes a global online community to allow Scots and those who love Scotland to bring alive the streets, characters and landscapes of our country.

It ties in with VisitScotland’s global Spirit of Scotland campaign, harnessing the local knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm of staff at the attractions helping visitors make the most of their trip to Scotland.

The VisitScotland Information Partner programme is open to all Quality Assured businesses, as well as community groups, local authority-operated library services and social enterprises.

VisitScotland provides the partner sites with official signage and collateral, promotional material and information resources to make sure visitors receive first-class information about the local region and about Scotland as a whole.

Businesses and groups who sign up to the programme also become part of the accredited iKnow Scotland programme, meaning that they have made a commitment to provide local information on a range of key topics. Businesses that are part of the programme are easily recognisable by the ‘iKnow Scotland’ branding displayed at their business. For more information, visit www.visitscotland.org

 

To find out more about the VisitScotland online community, visit: www.visitscotland.com/community

THE FAMOUS GROUSE EXPERIENCE CELEBRATES 1000 REVIEWS MILESTONE ON TRIPADVISOR

The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff is celebrating its 1000th review on TripAdvisor.

Scotland’s most visited and oldest working distillery reached the milestone moment on the world’s biggest travel review site recently with most visitors grading the Perthshire attraction as either “very good” or “excellent”.

“Unforgettable”, “fun”, “awesome” and “fascinating” were just some of the superlatives used by enthusiastic amateur reviewers who toured the five-star visitor attraction, heaping praise on the quality of the tours, the friendly and knowledgeable staff, top notch restaurant and gift shop, and beautiful surroundings.

One reviewer, GillieBean3000 from Dunfermline, had a very special reason for her trip to The Famous Grouse Experience. Describing the visit as “fantastic”, she explained: “My fiancé and I are getting married soon and we are going to be drinking from a quaich so we brought our dads here to make their own blends of whisky and we will mix these drinks in the quaich during our wedding ceremony to represent our two families coming together. Our tour was with Jamie and he was amazing!”

Kevinrichie from Aberdeenshire, said: “We had a great time at the distillery. Great tour. Our guide Michael was brilliant. The cafe and shop was really good. Only cost us £10 a head for tour and that included a couple of nips of whisky. Would definitely recommend. Within walking distance of Crieff.”

And Drvaibhavmisra from Dehli, said: “The trip to the distillery was an everlasting experience, the rich legacy and the process of making the best Scotch was memorable. A must for every visitor to the region.”

The distillery’s famous cats also got a mention, with Rjrobbin from Ohio saying: “We enjoyed the visit. We enjoyed hearing about the cat who was responsible for killing over 28,000 mice during its 24 years.”

Mandy Ingram, Visitor Experience Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience, welcomed the feedback.

She said: “The team at The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery is delighted and humbled to receive such meaningful and favourable feedback. We always strive to offer our visitors a welcoming, enjoyable and informative experience that showcases our incredible whiskies. It is hugely rewarding to have those efforts recognised by TripAdvisor reviewers.”

The Famous Grouse Experience shortlisted for Distillery Visitor Experience Award

Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, home to The Famous Grouse Experience, has been shortlisted for the Distillery Visitor Experience Award by influential whisky writer and World Whisky Day Founder, Blair Bowman, in Scottish Field’s 2017 Whisky Challenge.

Scotland’s oldest working distillery, which welcomes over 80,000 visitors every year, has previously been crowned Best Visitor Experience by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) in 2016, firmly placing it as one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. The five-star attraction prides itself on being the only place in Scotland to still produce malt whisky using the traditional hand mashing process used when the distillery first opened in 1775.

Visitors are invited to enjoy one of the unique whisky experiences on offer; from tasting to blending to warehouse experiences. Wilde Thyme at Glenturret entices visitors in with their selection of café snacks or the chance to sample some delightful afternoon tea, leaving through The Famous Shop for the chance to bottle their very own whisky on the way out.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience, said:

“It is great news to be shortlisted for Best Visitor Experience Award, testimony to the hard work and dedication of our WorldHost recognised team in welcoming tens of thousands of visitors every year. For Blair Bowman to recognise the world-class venue we have here at Glenturret distillery and the fantastic whisky experiences on offer is a real honour. Everybody has their fingers crossed here!”

The winner will be announced in October at the annual whisky awards lunch.

PAOLO NUTINI PUTS HIS NEW SHOES ON AND BOOGIES DOWN TO PERTHSHIRE’S FAMOUS GROUSE EXPERIENCE

Paolo Nutini was presented with a souvenir bottle of whisky when he visited The Famous Grouse Experience in Perthshire today (Wednesday, March 29).

The 30-year-old Caustic Love singer-songwriter happily chatted to staff and posed for photographs at the top visitor attraction near Crieff.

Paulo, who is understood to be on holiday in the area, was also spotted by excited locals dining in the town’s popular Delivino restaurant.

His presence in the town was picked up on Twitter by @visitcrieff who co-incidentally launched their website earlier this week aimed at driving visitors to the picturesque holiday destination.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager of The Famous Grouse Experience, said:

“We are glad that Paolo put his new shoes on and visited Crieff. We’re even more pleased that he made a visit to the distillery as part of his trip.”

For more information about The Famous Grouse Experience, visit www.thefamousgrouseexperience.com

VIDEO GOES VIRAL AS FAMOUS ‘TURRET’ TAKES A HOLIDAY AT CRIEFF HYDRO

When The Famous Grouse Experience’s distillery cat went missing from his Perthshire home, his feline friend Glen and distillery colleagues feared the worst!

Mouser-in-chief Turret is quite a celebrity at Glenturret Distillery at The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff. The popular puss has an important role welcoming 80,000 visitors every year and supervising operations as he patrols the award-winning visitor attraction.

With the freedom to roam Glenturret Distillery’s grounds to put his natural instincts to explore to the test.

Turret follows in the proverbial paw-steps of Towser who still holds the Guinness World Record for best mouser, catching 28,899 mice in her 24 years at the distillery and whose statue and World Record Certificate is proudly displayed on the distillery wall.

But when he failed to turn up for work one morning earlier this month, frantic staff launched a search party.

Despite combing the immediate area – from the grain stores to the popular Wilde Thyme restaurant – there was no sign of the mischievous moggy.

Things looked bleak … until a social media post from a member of staff at the nearby Crieff Hydro on a local Friendship page popped up.

It seemed like Glenturret’s fabulous feline fancied a holiday and decided to check out the accommodation next door.

And, while he waited for his lift back to Glenturret, delighted Hydro staff treated the fussy feline to a marvellous mini break, sampling the upmarket facilities which make the Hydro one of the UK’s favourite hotel destinations.

Now Turret has become an internet sensation after his antics have been captured in a light-hearted video which has now been viewed by thousands.

Check out his adventures here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NeYOGEuLDI

The Famous Grouse Experience offers visitors a new winter warming experience

Hot on the heels of giving visitors the #BestScottishWelcome, The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery will welcome visitors with a #WarmScottishWelcome this winter, with the introduction of the Hot Toddy Experience.

Beginning on Monday 12th December and running until the end of March, the new distillery experience welcomes visitors to The Famous Grouse Experience with an inviting hot toddy, followed by a 30 minute tour of Scotland’s oldest working distillery.

The hot toddy is a traditional warm drink made of whisky, honey and lemon and dates back to 1786, some ten years after Crieff-based Glenturret Distillery first began producing whisky in 1775.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager of The Famous Grouse Experience, commented:

“In Scotland, we’re know for our warm welcome so we thought what better way to welcome visitors to The Famous Grouse Experience this winter than with a truly Scottish warm welcome in the form of a hot toddy! We thought this is the perfect way to showcase our special hand crafted whisky and to make sure we make our visitors feel cosy and welcomed this winter season.”

The Hot Toddy Experience begins with a hot toddy or non-alcoholic punch on arrival, a tour of the distillery and the chance to sample two tastes from The Glenturret whisky range in a new tasting area in The Famous Shop.

For more information and to book online, visit: https://shop.thefamousgrouse.com/distillery-tours/the-distillery-experience.