Glenturret Distillery have announced their latest special edition whisky release will be a rare 29-year-old cask dedicated to Distillery Manager, Neil Cameron, marking his 20th year managing Scotland's oldest distillery.
The Glenturret Cameron's Cut is a cask strength single malt whisky with hints of buttered popcorn, lavender and oak in the finish. Priced from £290-£390, there are only 209 bottles of this special edition available for purchase, with 29 special numbers, and will be available to purchase by ballot. Applications to the ballot have now opened.
The dedication celebrates a trio of milestones for Neil: 20 years as Glenturret's Distillery Manager, 40 years in the whisky industry and recognition as the Icons of Whisky Distillery manager of the Year 2016.
Born in Dufftown, Neil began working at the Glenfiddich distillery aged 15 in the bottling hall. He then moved into warehouse roles at Glendullan, Pittyvaich and Parkmore before joining Glenturret Distillery in 1995 as a brewer before becoming Distillery Manager in 1996
A lot has changed in the whisky industry since Neil began, but he remains passionate about making whisky the traditional way, claiming the distilling process "is hands on, not ‘push button'". It is Neil's passion for tradition that is at the heart of what makes Glenturret special: making whisky the same way it was made in 1775 when the distillery first opened.
"It really is quite an honour to have this latest special edition whisky dedicated to me. I've worked in this industry for 40 years and have spent 20 of them as Glenturret Distillery Manager. It's a job in which I take great pride. Although I wasn't at Glenturret when it was filled, this is a rare 29-year old cask made using the same techniques we still use today and it's a very fine dram. The whisky industry is a great industry to be in and Glenturret's commitment to using traditional equipment and techniques means a lot of hard work goes into making our whisky. I wouldn't have it any other way!"
The 29-year old Glenturret Cameron's Cut was filled on 20th November 1987 and will be bottled later this month. Those interested in purchasing a bottle of this limited edition whisky have until 10th November to register their interest. From the ballot, 29 people will be given the opportunity to purchase a special numbered bottle. Special Number bottles will receive a signed letter from Neil Cameron plus a tasting experience for two at Glenturret Distillery as well as the opportunity to collect their bottle from Neil personally.
Other recent bottlings, such as the The James Fairlie Edition, commemorating the man who re-established Glenturret Distillery as an operational producer in the 1950s, and The Brock Malloy, two stillmen who worked at the distillery in the 1980s, have sold out. The James Fairlie Edition sold out in a matter of hours.
Stuart Cassells, the driving force behind Glenturret Distillery's return to the limelight which has included the establishment of the brand's core range of three malts as well as the series of popular limited edition releases, commented:
"We're delighted to announce The Glenturret Cameron's Cut as the next of our special limited edition Glenturret cask strength single malt whisky. Neil has been a great asset to Glenturret over the years, helping us relaunch the brand last year and it's perfectly fitting that in his 20th year as Distillery Manager, we dedicate this special 29-year old whisky to him."
The ballot is now open and will close at midnight on Thursday 10th December. Special numbered bottles will be drawn on the 11th November and customers will be given a 48-hour window to purchase. The general sale ballot will be drawn later the same day.
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES:
Colour: Golden amber
Nose: Well balanced, good age, fruity, slightly sweet & sour, buttered popcorn
Palate: Spicy, lavender notes, nicely rounded, melon
Finish: Lingering, slightly dry, hint of oak
Sign up to the ballot for special bottle numbers here: http://eepurl.com/cnfGCr
Sign up to the ballot for general bottle numbers here: http://eepurl.com/cnfHY5
Applications will close at midnight on Thursday 10th November
To find out more about Glenturret, visit: www.theglenturret.com