This fluffy little member of the team, who is still – literally – trying to find his feet in his new role will be responsible for greeting over 100,000 visitors who tour the distillery every year and, as part of their experience, expect to meet the Distillery Cat.
While, unlike his predecessor, there’s no longer any need for him to hunt mice, Peat will get freedom to roam Glenturret Distillery’s grounds and may put his natural hunting instincts to the test. He’ll have a long way to go to catch up with Towser who still holds the Guinness World Record for best mouser, catching 28,899 mice in her 24 years at the distillery.
Towser’s Certificate is now proudly displayed on the wall as part of the Distillery’s recent £250,000 refurbishment, which was officially opened by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on 29th May.
Peat is the latest feline to join Towser’s Team and replaces Barley, a resident tomcat who disappeared last winter and, despite repeated attempts to find him, sadly he has not returned.
The Glenturret Distillery is Scotland’s oldest working distillery and since its origins among the smugglers and illicit stills of the 18th century, it has had a fascinating life. Whisky booms and prohibition might have ruffled its feathers, but The Glenturret weathered it all and these days its doors are open to welcome visitors.
The year 1896 was an immensely important one in the history of whisky, because that was the year in which Perthshire grocer and wine merchant Matthew Gloag first created his very special blend. Unconventional from the start, he named his unique whisky after the iconic Scottish game bird, rather than himself. And so the Grouse Brand was born and now includes The Famous Grouse, the Snow Grouse, The Black Grouse and the Naked Grouse varieties.
In addition to the Grouse family the distillery also produces the Glenturret range of whiskies.
The distillery is open to the public and provides a fascinating insight into whisky making and tells the story of the history of the distillery and whisky making in the area.
The distillery is gearing up for the summer and is sponsoring the official whisky tour of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Other events include being a Stillman for a day where you can see behind the scenes of life in the distillery
For more information on what to do and see at the distillery telephone 01764 656565 or view the website at http://www.thefamousgrouse.com/
Crieff is a short drive from any of Cooper Cottages self-contained holiday cottages and a visit to the Glenturret Distillery provides a fascinating day out while on holiday in the central Scotland area.