Glenturret honours record-breaking mouser with caskBy Annie Hayes
Glenturret Distillery has extended its limited edition Bottle Your Own cask series to commemorate world record holding mouser Towser, who died 30 years ago.
Available at Glenturret’s Distillery shop – part of The Famous Grouse Experience – the dedication marks 30 years since the passing of the “world mousing champion”, who was affectionately dubbed ‘Towser the Mouser’.
The Bottle Your Own series sees an “exceptional” hand-picked cask from the Glenturret Distillery made available to honour celebrities who have ties to the Perthshire area, including actors Gerard Butler and Ewan McGregor, tennis star Andy Murray and The Earl and Countess of Strathearn.
Towser took up her post in 1963, and caught 28,899 mice during her 24 years of service, before she passed away in 1987. She holds a posthumous Guinness World Record, and a bronze statue at The Famous Grouse Experience marks her career at the site.
“Our Bottle Your Own experience always proves incredibly popular and Towser will take her rightful place alongside the other Bottle Your Own ‘celebrities’,” Stuart Cassells, general manager at The Famous Grouse Experience.
“With it being 30 years since the passing of Glenturret Distillery’s most famous feline, we thought it was about time she was celebrated with her very own cask of the whisky she protected for so many years.”
A £5 donation from each bottle sold will go to the Snow Leopard Trust, which protects endangered cats through community-based conservation projects.
The 13-year-old cask, which is a first fill American oak sherry puncheon filled on 6 November 2003, was selected by master whisky maker, Gordon Motion, who describes it as “a really nice dram with a very citrus note”.
With a cask strength of 60.2% abv, bottles are priced at £85 and are available from the Glenturret Distillery shop and online on The Famous Grouse’s UK and global sites.