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In the Drink

Take the plunge with Unfiltered as we discover gold can be found in the water that flows into some of Scoland’s best-known distilleries


distillery in the valley below has been using the Turret’s waters for its malt whisky. I’ll be sampling a drop or two of the distillery’s


liquid gold later. But, for now, I’m about to jump into the river’s fast-flowing depths on a frosty autumn morning in search of the real gold that lies beneath its chilly waters – because the River Turret, like many other Scottish rivers, is concealing unexpected riches. Clad in a specially designed drysuit with diver’s

gloves and a neoprene hood, I lower myself into the river from the slippery bank, pull my goggles on and plunge underwater. It’s an entirely new view of the heart of this stunning glen, one few have ever seen, and for a moment I’m entranced by the tranquil freshwater world beneath the surface. As single malt lovers, we can all feel how a

particularly good dram captures the spirit of its environment, both in terms of the natural influences it was created from and those it was matured among, whether that’s as a sea salt tang in a wild Islay whisky or in the mellow flavours of a laidback Lowland drop. Here, bobbing in the icy fresh waters of the River Turret, beneath the wild crags and towering, bracken-coated sides of the Turret glen, I feel as much a part of Glenturret’s whisky world as if I’d been poured


he River Turret has carved its way through the Perthshire glen named after it for several thousand years – and, since 1717, the Glenturret

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