After a short period of loneliness, Turret, one of this year’s feline additions to the multi-award winning team at The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, will be seeing in the New Year with “tails” of auld lang syne and his new furry friend, Glen II.

Arriving at the Distillery in July this year, Turret was part of a duo of kittens – Glen and Turret – who were appointed as official mousers at Scotland’s oldest working distillery and set to follow in the famous pawsteps of a long and distinguished line of exceptional distillery cats, the most famous of which being Towser, the world’s most famous mouser.

picture by fraser band 07984 163 256  The Famous Grouse Experience, Crieff.Unfortunately, beady eyed staff noticed that, while Turret continued to grow, little Glen did not and within just a few weeks of his arrival they knew something was wrong and took him to the vet for a check-up. Too small to operate on and with rapidly deteriorating health, on veterinary advice he was sadly put to sleep at the end of July, leaving a distillery team heartbroken over his sudden loss.

A lonely Turret prompted the Distillery team to search for a new companion to keep him company and, soon they found another kitten, around the same age as Turret, whom they have also named Glen. Now the two, who get on famously, are fully settled into their Distillery home and have been delighting visitors to the attraction for months.

Turret’s playfulness is back in full swing and Glen’s settled in well, even though he does have a cat’s eye on being in charge.

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

“The whole team at Glenturret were so very sad about Glen’s passing, but none more so than Turret. We knew we had to get him a friend to play with and we searched extensively – finally we found a kitten around the same age and who was clearly in good health, and both cats were successfully introduced to each other. As this is such a big year for Glenturret Distillery, the team felt that he too should be called Glen, so he was duly christened and has more than settled in to his life here.

“I must say, though, that Glen clearly thinks he’s the boss and Turret isn’t quite up for relinquishing his cosy spot underneath the still quite yet. Glen particularly likes to be front and centre when there’s a tour in, and has found a spot on top of a whisky cask where he gets maximum attention. A true showman, and a natural in the role!”

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