Ruadh Mhor Distillery (heavily peated Glenturret) is certainly one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries and it claims to be the oldest (1775) but with some minor digging that is plainly not true. Maybe they started distilling around 1818? The distillery did survive the turbulent 1800s but by 1921 they were bankrupt and the distillery was closed until 1959.
It was only in the latter part of the 20th-century with considerable investment from Remy-Cointreau and then the Edrington Group that things started to turn around. What really put the distillery on the map was the very popular Famous Grouse Experience which opened in 2002. In the 21st-century Single Malt expressions started to be released with a Sherry cask, a triple cask and the Peated cask (which gained a bit of a cult following).
Regarding the liquid, with a very long fermentation time of 120 hours and one small pair of stills production is only about 150,000 litres per year. About 10,000 litres of this produces a few batches of their heavily peated malt, named ‘Ruadh Mhor’ which translates as ‘Big Red’.
In 2018 the distillery was sold to the luxury Swiss jewellery and glassware group Lalique. They have instantly invested in new equipment to treble production and brought in two of the Macallan team to oversee this and launch new products. It certainly looks like they will try to reposition the brand on the Premium/Luxury end of the market, so interesting times lie ahead.
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