How did the cat Towser get on the whiskey label?
Cats always lived in the distilleries: whiskeys are driven from selected grains, and so there are a lot of mice. But the real record for the extermination of mice, which fell into the Guinness Book of Records, is the cat Tauser.
The Tauser cat is a symbol of its distillery. Since the kitty was put in office as an “official mousetrap,” she had a personal health book and a specially designated workplace where supplies were kept that were regularly purchased for Towser.
A cat daily caught three mice in factory warehouses. The Scots joke that the mice themselves were involved in counting the mice. However, the "trophies" of the meowing worker were scrupulously counted by the factory workers. Thouser did not reach the round figure, and only 28,899 mice were obtained! But that's not counting rats, surrounding rabbits and pheasants. It seems that she moused not only at the distillery and her record is actually much higher!
Portraits of the working cat were printed in booklets, depicted on souvenirs, from the sale of which the plant received additional income. And more: tourist groups began to invite to the plant. Tourists are very amazed when they are informed that the cat was regularly mixed with whiskey in the milk, and this was what helped the miracle - the cat to achieve a record.
Many believe that this explains her incredible hunting courage and professional longevity - 23 years at her post! Tauser became so famous that the grateful distillery even released whiskey with a cat painted on the label.In honor of Tauser, a bronze monument stands on the territory of the plant, which is decorated with a proud inscription: “The famous cat Tauser, who lived for about 24 years at the Glenturret distillery and caught 28,899 mice, which is a world record confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records.”
After the death of Towser, the Glenturret distillery, in collaboration with the Scottish subsidiary of the Cat Protection Society, turned the choice of Touser's next successor into a nationwide contest, widely publicized in the press. They even invited a psychologist who was supposed to help choose a cat that could not only catch mice, but also attract 120 thousand tourists a year to the distillery.
An interesting fact: until 2004, a cat’s granddaughter named Amber worked at the plant. However, until her death, she never caught a single mouse, although she was a real cutie!