New Glenturret whisky to be sold by ballot after nearly selling out

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The latest single malt from Glenturret Distillery, The James Fairlie Edition, has sold out on general release in under 120 minutes, leaving nine bottles to be sold through a ballot.

The 32-year-old single malt whisky was launched in honour of James Fairlie who brought the Perthshire distillery back to life in 1957 after it had closed during the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Within two hours, 45 of its 54 bottles were sold to individuals who had pre-registered for an exclusive 24-hour purchase window at £395 for 70cl.

The distillery has now announced that the last remaining nine bottles, those with special numbers 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 as well as collectible numbers 5, 8, 13 and 21 will go into a ballot.

Those collectors looking to buy need to sign up via the James Fairlie page in the “our whiskies” section of and will be selected from the ballot on Tuesday December 8.

General manager Stuart Cassells said: “We’re staggered at the response to The Glenturret’s latest bottling. We anticipated that The James Fairlie Edition would be popular but, in selling out in just two hours, it beats all previous records held at the distillery for speed of sale.

“As one of the oldest, hand mashed, traditionally made malt whiskies available today, it’s a real collector’s edition and the last nine remaining bottles will be hotly pursued. We felt a ballot was the fairest way to do it.

“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.”

Fairlie reopened the distillery in Crieff to preserve the craft of making whisky by hand at a time when production was becoming largely mechanised and commercialised.

He reinstated the techniques that would have been used by most distilleries at the turn of the 20th century – and these continue to be used at Glenturret Distillery, part of The Edrington Group. They include hand mashing, gentle fermentation, slow distillation, and cutting by eye.

Tasting Notes from Glenturret Distillery
Appearance: Deep russet.
Aroma: Old oiled furniture, pine resin, mango and leather.
Palate: New leather.
Aftertaste: Spicy, lingering woodiness.

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