Glenturret flavoured cheese wows judges at the Royal Highland Show

A Perthshire cheese made with The Glenturret malt whisky has been named best Scottish cheese at the Royal Highland Show.

The Strathearn Cheese Company’s Strathearn cheese also won the reserve championship award and a prestigious gold medal at the event.

Business partners Drew Watson and Pierre Leger launched the business last January in the former Cultybraggan prisoner-of-war camp near Comrie after converting the camp’s old kitchen and cowshed into a creamery.

The duo 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.

Strathearn is a rennet set, cow’s milk cheese which is hand-washed with a brine that’s flavoured with a 10-year-old Glenturret malt whisky. 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 artisanal cheese, which is sold in farmers’ markets, delicatessens and farm shops, has already won a gold medal at the world cheese awards in San Sebastian in Spain.

The company’s other product, The Lady Mary, a soft creamy cheese flavoured with wild garlic and truffle oil won a bronze medal at the Royal Highland Show.

Stuart Cassells, General Manager at Glenturret Distillery, added: “I’d like to congratulate Drew and Pierre on this incredible achievement, especially since The Strathearn Cheese company has been operating for just over a year and a half. I’m especially delighted since the product is the result of an exciting collaboration between two local businesses with the same high regard for quality and hand finish.

“At Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest working distillery, our stillmen still mash ingredients by hand. That’s why we’re so thrilled that our now 240-year-old brand is appearing in this award-winning, hand-made cheese. I feel sure The Strathearn Cheese Company will continue to be a delicious hit with consumers.”

Andrew Watson, co-owner of the Strathearn Cheese Company, added: “This is such a great honour for the Strathearn Cheese Company as it means that out of every cheese producer entered, which includes some incredible products, we have been named the best in Scotland. Pierre and I are absolutely thrilled with the honour, particularly as it acknowledges our collaboration with the Glenturret Distillery.”

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Family photo offers taste of Glenturret’s history

A recent visit to Glenturret Distillery in Crieff has inspired one Canadian visitor to share a cherished family photograph of her grandfather.

Believed to be taken outside what may have been the distillery managers house circa 1902 it shows brewmaster John J. Stormont with his wife Mary and their three children, a few years before the family emigrated to Canada in 1905.

Jean Brown, from Blind Bay in Canada, retraced her grandfather’s footsteps last year when she came to visit Scotland’s oldest working distillery and got in touch with staff to add his history to the distillery’s archive of former employees.The battered photograph shows Jean’s mother Jane in her father’s arms, with her uncle George and baby Mary. George served with the Canadian Exemplary Force in WW1. He was wounded and died in 1918 in France, the same year as his parents died from the flu. Both sisters lived out their lives in Canada with Jane marrying an ex British police officer.

General Manager Stuart Cassells commented:

“Glenturret Distillery prides itself on its unique heritage and Jean’s photograph is a valuable addition to our employee archive, enabling us to illustrate the importance of the people who make our whisky. Our former stillmen and brewmasters will have used exactly the same techniques and, in some cases, equipment, as we continue to use today at Glenturret. It binds them all together across the centuries and, in this case, continents too.”Another photograph of

Another photograph of stillmen from the same era is the inspiration behind Fly’s 16 Masters Edition, one of Glenturret Distillery’s limited release single malts. Named after the distillery dog from 1905, shown in a photo unearthed at Glenturret Distillery earlier this year, this rare 16 year old malt has been awarded the Liquid Gold Award in the world’s leading whisky guide, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017. Only 1,740 bottles of this rare 16-year old single malt were released on World Whisky Day 2016.Described as “unmistakably Glenturret”, Fly’s 16 Masters Edition is one of the extra special whisky releases to come from the small Perthshire distillery.A small number of remaining bottles are still available to purchase online.

Described as “unmistakably Glenturret”, Fly’s 16 Masters Edition is one of the extra special whisky releases to come from the small Perthshire distillery.A small number of remaining bottles are still available to purchase online.

For those who are looking for New Year Resolutions with a difference, the distillery offers the chance for members of the public to experience the secrets of being stillman for themselves, with unrivalled access to the unique world of whisky production. Spend the day side by side with Glenturret’s Stillmen and their Drammolier™, they will learn the art of blending, and toast one fine day with a dram from a complimentary bottle of The Glenturret Highland Single Malt. The Stillman Experience costs £250 and is available Tue, Wed, Thu for over 18s only, pre-booking essential.

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The Glenturret’s new limited edition malt celebrates century old “tail” of 16 men and a dog

Glenturret Distillery will next week launch its latest limited edition malt whisky, which has been made available for pre-order today, celebrating a unique ‘tail’ in the brand’s 240 year heritage… of 16 men and a dog.

A photo, unearthed from the back of a cupboard at Scotland’s oldest working whisky distillery earlier this year, dating from 1905 and featuring 16 stillmen, along with a collie dog believed to be the distillery manager’s dog at the time, has provided the inspiration for the bottling and the iconic image will also take pride of place on Fly’s 16 Masters Edition label.

The 16 stillmen formed the backbone to Glenturret Distillery and the dog, Fly, belonged to the distillery manager who lived in a house on the distillery premises in Crieff, Perthshire. When the group was snapped all those years ago, little would those 16 stillmen have known that, more than a century later, it would inspire their fellow distillers to launch a limited edition bottling in their name.

Glenturret prides itself on its original, artisanal whisky making, and the fact that mashing is still done by hand – exactly as it would have been done in 1905. The year 1905 is also significant because it was the year that the first legal definition of whisky was declared by a magistrate’s court in London.

FLY_16YOThe distillery dog, however, is a new addition to the distillery’s heritage which has mostly been associated with cats – Towser the Cat in particular, Glenturret Distillery’s world famous mouser and holder of the Guinness World Record for the most mice caught in her working lifetime. The distillery is now home to two resident moggies, Glen and Turret, who roam freely amongst the tens of thousands of visitors to come to Glenturret Distillery every year.

The Glenturret Fly’s 16 Masters Edition, which will go on sale to the general public on World Whisky Day, May 21st, is a 16-year-old single malt that is truly a collectors’ edition and is expected to honour its namesake and “fly” off the shelves. Only 1,740 bottles will be available priced at £95 each. Pre-order will open on 16th May. Whisky lovers who have signed up to The Glenturret mailing will also have the exclusive opportunity to purchase bottles with the following special numbers for £130 each: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 5, 8, 16, 18, 21 and 240.

With a taste of fruit and mocha coffee and a sun-kissed appearance, Fly’s 16 Masters is the latest in a line of highly collectible whisky releases from the 240-year-old Glenturret brand. With interest high in the brand and Whisky Month in full swing throughout this month, the latest bottling is expected to be snapped up quickly by whisky collectors. Other recent bottlings, such as the The James Fairlie Edition, commemorating the man who re-established Glenturret Distillery as an operational producer in the 1950s, and The Brock Malloy, two stillmen who worked at the distillery in the 1980s, have sold out. In the case of The James Fairlie Edition, the Scotch sold out in a matter of hours.

Stuart Cassells, the driving force behind Glenturret Distillery’s return to the limelight which has included the establishment of the brand’s core range of three malts as well as the series of popular limited edition releases, commented:

“1905 was a momentous year. Albert Einstein first set out his theory of relativity and Arthur Conan Dolyle first published The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The same year, we saw a London magistrate’s court saying that whisky ‘should consist of spirit distilled in a pot still derived from malted barley – a momentous occasion for the industry.’

“Closer to home, our 16 stillmen were captured for prosperity in this photo, found by chance at the back of a cupboard and now hanging proudly on our walls at the distillery. We think Fly’s 16 Masters Edition encapsulates not only the spirit of whisky but the spirit of The Glenturret’s hand-made heritage. We’re looking forward to seeing the bottles ‘fly’ off the shelves accordingly!”

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

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