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The Glenlivet

After the 1823 Excise Act, George Smith became the first distiller in the Highlands to obtain a license for distillation and, in 1824, he established The Glenlivet on what was once a farm distillery called Upper Drummin. Many of the neighbouring distilleries were illegally run and involved in smuggling. They became indignant, for George Smith was running Glenlivet by legal means. Such was the tempest of their fury, George had to carry a pair of pistols for protection.

Originally 'Gow', the family name became the more Anglo-sounding 'Smith' following Bonnie Prince Charlie’s 1746 defeat at the battle of Culloden. The Gows changed their name to escape the resultant subjugation which ensued. The Glenlivet has always been a name associated with quality, to such a degree that other distilleries would use the name, no matter how distant they were from the Livet glen.

To help preserve his brand, George Smith’s son, John Gordon Smith, applied for sole rights to the name, which were granted in 1884. The name still crops up elsewhere. However, by law, other brands must hyphenate it with their own names and cannot use it solely. The large distillery, with a capacity of 5.8 million litres per annum, is owned by Chivas Brothers, themselves a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard. Today, The Glenlivet is the world’s second best-selling single malt and is the top seller in the US.

The Glenlivet Whisky Distillery

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About The Glenlivet Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 821720

Distillery Founded

1824

1859

1859 – Upper Drummin and Cairngorm close and all equipment is brought to Minmore which is renamed The Glenlivet Distillery.

Distillery Capacity

5 800 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9DB

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers

Distillery Address

Minmore, Ballindalloch, Banffshire

Distillery Website

www.theglenlivet.com

1817

George Smith inherits the farm distillery Upper Drummin from his father Andrew Smith who has been distilling on the site since 1774.

1840

George Smith buys Delnabo farm near Tomintoul and leases Cairngorm Distillery. His son William takes over operations at Upper Drummin.

1845

George Smith leases three other farms, one of which is situated on the river Livet and is called Minmore.

1846

William Smith develops tuberculosis and his brother John Gordon moves back home to assist his father. Sales of Smith’s Glenlivet increases steadily and neither Upper Drummin nor Cairngorm Distillery can meet demand.

1864

George Smith cooperates with the whisky agent Andrew P. Usher and exports the whisky with great success.

1871

George Smith dies and his son John Gordon takes over.

1880

John Gordon Smith applies for and is granted sole rights to the name The Glenlivet. Only Glenlivet Distillery may thus use the name. All distilleries wishing to use Glenlivet in their names must from now hyphenate it with their brand names.

1890

A fire breaks out and some of the buildings are replaced.

1896

Another two stills are installed.

1901

John Gordon Smith dies.

1904

John Gordon’s nephew George Smith Grant takes over.

1921

Captain Bill Smith Grant, son of George Smith Grant, takes over.

1953

George & J. G. Smith Ltd merges with J. & J. Grant of Glen Grant Distillery and forms the company Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distillers Ltd.

1966

Floor maltings closes.

1970

Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distillers Ltd merges with Longmorn-Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd and Hill Thomson & Co. Ltd to form The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd.

1978

Seagrams buys The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. A visitor centre opens.

1996

– The visitor centre is expanded, and a multimedia facility installed.

2000

French Oak 12 years and American Oak 12 years are launched

2001

Pernod Ricard and Diageo buy Seagram Spirits & Wine. Pernod Ricard thereby gain control of the Chivas group.

2004

This year sees a lavish relaunch of

2005

Two new duty-free versions are introduced – The Glenlivet 12 year old First Fill and Nadurra, a 16 year old non chill-filtered matured in first-fill bourbon casks. The 1972 Cellar Collection (2,015 bottles) is launched.

2006

Nadurra 16 year old cask strength and 1969 Cellar Collection are released. Glenlivet sells more than 500,000 cases for the first time in one year.

2007

Glenlivet XXV is released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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St George Spirits
A cask strength 40 year old from The Glenlivet, a winner of a Gold Medal at the 2005 International Spirits Challenge.  More info
Distilled in 1961, this is a very rare and collectible bottle of Glenlivet from Gordon and MacPhail's "Smith's Glenlivet" range. Full-bodied with a lovely rich, malty flavour...  More info
$481.10
This was distilled at Glenlivet on the 4th October 1990 and it was aged in cask 22393 for 20 years before bottling in April of 2011 for the Mackillop's Choice range. Each bottle is individually...  More info
A wonderful Glenlivet, launched for Travel Retail. This was launched in honor of Alan Winchester, who has been master distiller at the distillery since 2009. He created this whisky with European oak...  More info
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$71.04
Based on three hand selected first fill American oak barrels of Glenlivet single malt, distilled in 1980 and bottled in 2011 after 31 years of ageing. A release of around 500 bottles. This is rare...  More info
$1630.55
A cask strength 16 year old Glenlivet bottled for their Nadurra range. An intense, creamy whisky - this is Batch 1210M.  More info
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$69.75
Over 50 years in the making, older vintages of Glenlivet are becoming increasingly rare - invest while you can!  More info
A 30 year old single cask Speyside. Distilled at Glenlivet in August 1979 and aged for 30 years in a refill hogshead before bottling August 2009. A release of 217 bottles.  More info
Distilled at The Glenlivet in 1983 and aged in French Limousin casks before it was bottled in 2003.  More info
$238.94
This is a 1966 Glenlivet from Gordon and MacPhail's Distillery Range. Perfect for reminiscing about a certain World Cup victory...  More info
$376.51
A sample bottle of Glenlivet, bottled by Adelphi. This was distilled in 1994, matured for 14 years in cask number 61416 and bottled in 2009 at cask strength, as part of a release of 560 bottles.  More info
This Glenlivet is packing an impressive thirty-seven years of cask ageing and was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London. Glenlivet has been legally distilling whisky since 1823 and is...  More info
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$205.49
A 33 year old, cask strength Glenlivet, selected by Bruichladdich's Master Distillery Jim McEwan, and bottled in his Celtic Heartlands range.  More info
This was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery in 1973 before a 38 year maturation in a single cask (number 10658). It was bottled for Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012 and it comes at natural cask...  More info
$259.36
This Glenlivet was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail’s Distillery Range and is an impressively aged whisky from the famous distillery of Glenlivet.  More info
$362.72
A single cask from one of Scotland's most famed distilleries. This was distilled in April 1996 at The Glenlivet in Speyside and matured for 13 years before bottling in October of 2009. A release of...  More info
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A gorgeously dark, sherry-butt-matured Glenlivet, distilled in September 2001 and aged for 10 years before bottling in February 2012. A single cask release of just 387 bottles from the Douglas Laing...  More info
$74.84
A release of just 450 stunning decanters from Jim McEwan's Celtic Heartlands range. This beautiful 33 year old Glenlivet was matured in bourbon casks. The result is a thick, rich and malty whisky -...  More info
A 16 year old Glenlivet from Signatory. Releases from this distillery are getting rarer, peeps… This one was matured in a single first fill Sherry butt. Yummers.  More info
$75.54
A 16 year old Glenlivet distilled in September 1995 and aged in a single sherry butt before bottling in March 2012. A release of just 299 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$112.53
This is a 40 year old, single cask, cask strength (even though it's 40%, it wasn't diluted, it came out of the cask at this strength) Glenlivet, aged in a bourbon cask. This was distilled in 1970 and...  More info
An antique bottle of The Glenlivet 12 year old, from the 1970s. What type of whisky is it, you ask? Why, it's "Unblended all malt Scotch whisky" (single malt), of course!  More info
$193.08
From Duncan Taylor's Legendary Peerless range, this 40 year old Glenlivet was distilled in 1970, and bttled at cask strength. Everything from the Peerless range is super-aged in either bourbon, sherry...  More info
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This is a rare 1965 bottling of The Glenlivet by George and J.G.Smith.  More info
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$393.07
Distilled in 1972 and bottled on the 24th August 2005, a rare cask strength release from The Glenlivet.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$733.28
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