25 Nov Glenturret Tips Hat to Saviour of Traditional Whisky Production with Latest Release
Marking 240 years of distilling on the same site in Crieff earlier this month, Glenturret Distillery has formally tipped its hat to Perthshire man James Fairlie, hailing him the saviour of traditional Scotch whisky production, in their latest release: An eponymous and exceptionally rare 32 year old single malt which will bear Fairlie’s name.
Closed during the Great Depression, Glenturret lay silent for many years beside the Turret burn, before being brought back to life by James Fairlie in 1957.
Fairlie, a self-professed whisky enthusiast, had one aim in mind when nursing Glenturret back into production in the late 1950s. Whisky production had become largely mechanised and commercialised during the war years following Prohibition. Fairlie wanted to preserve the craft of making whisky by hand.
Reinstating the techniques that would have been used by most distilleries at the turn of the 20th century, it is these traditional craft processes that Fairlie instilled in the production line of Glenturret in 1957 and which are still used at Glenturret Distillery today.
A pioneer of the “craft” movement in many respects, Fairlie didn’t follow the trend of automating everything, but instead worked hard to preserve the traditional production methods still used by Glenturret today including hand mashing, gentle fermentation, slow distillation, and cutting by eye.
Even now, with craft production more popular than ever in other industries, Glenturret remains the only whisky distillery in Scotland to hand mash during its production process. This unique approach firmly establishes the brand’s unique heritage as Scotland’s only remaining producer of hand-made whisky.
The latest bottling from this craft distiller is expected to be snapped up quickly by whisky collectors, with only 54 bottles being released into circulation and priced at £395 for 70cl. Interested parties have already started to record their expression of interest in the release and will be granted exclusive advanced access to purchase a bottle online, prior to it going on public sale 24 hours later on 2nd December. To register your interest in the James Fairlie Edition click here.
In recent months The Glenturret has re-established itself as a highly collectible whisky releasing specialist bottlings including their 1986 Commonwealth Games Edition, which made its way into Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, and The Brock Malloy, which sold out internationally within weeks.
Stuart Cassells, the driving force behind Glenturret Distillery’s return to the limelight commented:
“The Glenturret single malt is a hidden gem in the whisky world, a genuinely handmade malt crafted with passion and care. The James Fairlie Edition, filled in 1982, and rested for 32 years, offers collectors one of the oldest, hand mashed, traditionally made malt whiskies available today.
“The 1982 is the rarest and oldest cask Glenturret owns and there is only one cask from that year available. There will never be a rarer Glenturret release than this, and I can’t think of a more touching legacy to James Fairlie’s vision. Although gone now, James would have still been alive when this cask was filled in October 1982.”
“A traditional Scottish product, The Glenturret only require five pairs of hands to produce it and our exceptional malts are a testimony to the range of traditional distilling skills that Glenturret continues to preserve.
The Glenturret James Fairlie Edition will be made exclusively available online via a private sale to those expressing their interest and then, should any bottles be remaining, to the public on 2nd December. To record your interest click here.
The Glenturret James Fairlie Edition
Filled on 22nd October 1982, The James Fairlie Edition has lain quietly sleeping for 32 years amidst the Perthshire hills.
Appearance: Deep russet
Aroma: Old oiled furniture, pine resin, mango and leather
Taste: New leather
Finish: Spicy, lingering woodiness