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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.

Glenlivet was bought by Seagram in 1978, alongside a selection of other Scotch whisky distilleries. In 2001, Pernod Ricard and Diageo bought Seagram and dividing the assets between them, with Pernod Ricard taking the Scotch division (including Glenlivet) and renaming it Chivas Brothers.

Under this new ownership, as part of a £10 million investment, an extension with an additional mash tun, eight washbacks and 6 stills was opened by the Prince of Wales on 5 June 2010, with the capacity of the distillery increased by 75%, to 10.5 million litres per year.

In the spring of 2018, the distillery released The Glenlivet Code, inspired by famous British codebreakers in a bid to test consumers’ knowledge of single malt whisky, accompanied by an interactive digital experience. In summer the same year, a new extension of the distillery was commissioned bringing the total capacity to 21 million litres of alcohol.

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve

70cl, 40%

This 15 year old expression from The Glenlivet, was matured in French Limousin Oak casks. Limousin Oak is a popular choice for maturation of Cognac.  More info

The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve
157
$60.03

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A Gold Medal Winner at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition, the 2002 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits…  More info

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old
33
$220.82

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1120

70cl, 60.1%

Glenlivet's outstanding Nàdurra range ('Nàdurra' means 'Natural' in Gaelic) is filled with small-batch whisky, bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration or additional colours. This one…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1120
3
$64.43

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0717

70cl, 60.3%

Glenlivet's Nàdurra range showcases whisky in all its natural glory by presenting it at cask strength, without any chill-filtration or additional colours. Their First Fill Selection series also…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0717
5
$57.87

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2006 (cask 901279) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 62.2%

A single cask bottling of Glenlivet single malt, drawn from a first-fill sherry butt that was laid down in December 2006. After 14 years of maturation, the whisky was bottled in April 2021 by…  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2006 (cask 901279) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
$105.58

The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve

70cl, 40%

An intriguing release from The Glenlivet, been finished in ex-Cognac casks for a ‘raisin-rich’ intensity, along with citrus notes and a creamy smoothness. Whisky finished in Cognac casks is not a…  More info

The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve
24
$52.54

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%

Excellent 12 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery in Speyside, which enjoys its maturation in both European and American oak casks. It's an immensely popular expression which…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
14
$40.31

The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve

70cl, 40%

A tropical expression from The Glenlivet, for Caribbean Reserve a portion of the whisky was finished in casks which previously held Caribbean rum. The distillery folks suggest adding a splash of…  More info

The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
27
$39.97

The Glenlivet Triple Cask Matured Distiller's Reserve

100cl, 40%

Originally released as part of Glenlivet's Travel Retail market offering, the Triple Cask Matured Distiller's Reserve expression brings together whisky matured in three different types of cask -…  More info

The Glenlivet Triple Cask Matured Distiller's Reserve
3
$100.02

Glenlivet 1989 (cask 3626) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 42.3%

A great Glenlivet here, independently bottled up for the Mackillop's Choice range. This single cask Speysider was distilled back in June 1989, and eventually it was bottled in June 2020, with a very…  More info

Glenlivet 1989 (cask 3626) - Mackillop's Choice
$533.70

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl, 40%

First revealed towards the end of 2014, the Founder's Reserve single malt Scotch whisky is now available in the UK and will be replacing The Glenlivet 12 year old in many of the mature markets…  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
374
$36.64

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1986 (cask 16601801) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 47.5%

A mightily well-aged single malt from Glenlivet, brought to us by Gordon & MacPhail for its Connoisseurs Choice collection! Distilled in 1986, the whisky spent 33 years maturing in a single refill…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1986 (cask 16601801) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$887.44

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Illicit Still

70cl, 48%

This expression from Glenlivet was inspired by the stories of Glenlivet's founder George Smith, illicitly distilling whisky before licencing his distillery. It's a limited edition single malt Scotch…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Illicit Still
$55.54

The Glenlivet Spectra (3 x 20cl)

60cl, 40%

Glenlivet has a history of releasing rather mysterious whiskies (Alpha, Cipher and Code, for example), and they're at it again with The Glenlivet Spectra! This time, Glenlivet master distiller Alan…  More info

The Glenlivet Spectra (3 x 20cl)
$116.75

Glenlivet 64 Year Old 1954 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 41%

An impressively well-aged Glenlivet, bottled at a smashing 64 years old. After it was distilled in 1954 (the very same year that Ian Fleming published Live and Let Die, don't you know), the single…  More info

Glenlivet 64 Year Old 1954 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)
$11,113.20

Glenlivet 1999 (bottled 2018) (cask 77205) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%

An independent bottling of single malt from the Glenlivet distillery in Speyside, distilled back in 1999 and bottled in 2018 by Italian bottler Samaroli. As ever, Samaroli have beautifully presented…  More info

Glenlivet 1999 (bottled 2018) (cask 77205) - Samaroli
$426.96

Avonside-Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1938

75cl, 43%

A rare bottle of Avonside-Glenlivet single malt, distilled in 1938 and bottled 33 years later by Gordon & MacPhail. The naming was a result of Glenlivet taking legal action against other distillers…  More info

Avonside-Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1938
$2,223.75

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Carmaferg - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 54.2%

A single cask bottling of 18 year old Glenlivet single malt, bestowed a name that hints towards the distillery's surrounding area. Evidently, Carmaferg Hill was once a landmark for whisky smugglers.…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Carmaferg - Single Cask Edition
$382.01

Glenlivet 28 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 48.2%

A 28 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery, independently bottled up as part of the Darkness range! This richly sherried expression enjoyed a finishing period in a specially-coopered…  More info

Glenlivet 28 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
$425.80

Avonside-Glenlivet 35 Year Old 1938

75cl, 43%

Feast your eyes upon a very rare bottle of Avonside-Glenlivet 35 year old, distilled all the way back in 1938 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Avonside-Glenlivet 35 Year Old 1938
$2,774.13

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%

This excellent 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glenlivet is a classic Speyside dram, matured in a combination of first and second fill American oak and sherry casks. It also won two golds…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
110

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1973 (cask 12/1) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

70cl, 43.1%

To celebrate its 30th anniversary Signatory bottled up some incredible whiskies, including this 45 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery! Now that's how you celebrate! The whisky was…  More info

Glenlivet 45 Year Old 1973 (cask 12/1) - 30th Anniversary Gift Box (Signatory)

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 900238) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

An indie, sherried Glenlivet? Well, this is rather nice! Distilled in April 2007, this Speysider spent its 12 years of ageing in a single first-fill sherry butt, until Signatory bottled it up in 2020…  More info

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 900238) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch

70cl, 40%

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch from Glenlivet is made with specially selected casks, including first-fill ex-Sherry casks, first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch
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The Glenlivet Triple Cask Matured Rare Cask

100cl, 40%

From The Glenlivet's Travel Retail market range comes this fruity expression, Triple Cask Matured Rare Cask! The single malt has been matured in a trio of casks with the majority of the spirit having…  More info

The Glenlivet Triple Cask Matured Rare Cask

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