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.distillery-picture-1900s-press

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 Expeditionary 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 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.

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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