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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.

Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1981 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 49.1%

A fabulously well-aged Glenlivet, bottled courtesy of North Star Spirits! The single malt was distilled in 1981, and spent nearly four decades of ageing in a hogshead. After 38 years it was bottled…  More info

Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1981 - North Star Spirits

Glenlivet 24 Year Old 1976 (cask 5525) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

Collectible Glenlivet? Lovely stuff! This is a 24 year old Glenlivet single malt, distilled back in 1976 and aged in a single cask. It was independently bottled by the First Cask folks at 46%…  More info

Glenlivet 24 Year Old 1976 (cask 5525) - First Cask

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

Glenlivet 27 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 51.4%

A 27 year old Glenlivet single malt, which we've independently bottled as part of our Single Cask Series. This one was distilled in June 1989, matured in a bourbon cask and bottled just 10 days…  More info

Glenlivet 27 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Glenlivet 25 Year Old 1993 - Sar Obair Decanter (Kingsbury)

70cl, 54.3%

This impressive Glenlivet was bottled under the Sar Obair label (which translates to 'precious and rare') from indie bottler Kingsbury. After it was distilled in 1993, the single malt was left to…  More info

Glenlivet 25 Year Old 1993 - Sar Obair Decanter (Kingsbury)

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2004 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 64%

This indie Speysider began its life at the Glenlivet Distillery in 2004. The single malt spent the following 14 years in a single refill bourbon barrel, until it was bottled in July 2019. Gordon &…  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2004 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenlivet 26 Year Old 1976 (cask 5532) - Signatory

70cl, 56.5%

This wonderful sherried Glenlivet was distilled back in March 1976, and then whacked into a single sherry butt for over a quarter of a century. At 26 years old, Signatory bottled the fruity whisky in…  More info

Glenlivet 26 Year Old 1976 (cask 5532) - Signatory

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
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The Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2003 (cask 4518) - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 60.1%

A wonderful sherried single cask Glenlivet, distilled over in Speyside in the year 2003. The single malt was aged in a single sherry butt for the following 14 years, until it was bottled at cask…  More info

The Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2003 (cask 4518) - Single Cask Edition

The Glenlivet 30 Year Old - Cellar Collection

70cl, 48%

Part of Glenlivet's Cellar Collection range, which was first established around 2000, this rare and unique Speyside malt was distilled at Glenlivet in the early 1970s. After 30 years of maturation in…  More info

The Glenlivet 30 Year Old - Cellar Collection

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Batch PW0717

70cl, 61.8%

This release from The Glenlivet Nàdurra series has enjoyed a finishing period in casks that previously contained peated whisky. This has imparted a subtle smoky element to the whisky, which is apt,…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Batch PW0717
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The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Cairn na Bruar - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 60.2%

This is a single cask bottling of single malt from Speyside's Glenlivet distillery, bottled in November 2016 with an outturn of 558 bottles (originally released for the German market). This was…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Cairn na Bruar - Single Cask Edition

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2006 (cask 900997) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 61.4%

This glorious single cask bottling of Glenlivet was distilled in 2006 and laid down in a single first-fill sherry butt in October 2006. In April 2021, after 14 years of maturation, the whisky was…  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2006 (cask 900997) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 32 Year Old 1981 (cask 9460) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52%

32 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery, aged in a refill sherry hogshead from November 1981 to September 2014. Following that generous slumber, the whisky was bottled as part of…  More info

Glenlivet 32 Year Old 1981 (cask 9460) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 900214) - Artist #8 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 64.1%

10 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery which has been matured in a single first-fill sherry hogshead from 2007 to 2018. Following its slumber, La Maison du Whisky independently bottled…  More info

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 900214) - Artist #8 (La Maison du Whisky)

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2007 (cask 900242) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This 11 year old Glenlivet was distilled in 2007 and laid to rest in a single first-fill sherry butt. After just over a decade had passed, the single malt was bottled in February 2019 by Signatory…  More info

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2007 (cask 900242) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (1L) - 1980s

100cl, 43%

A 1980s bottling of classic Glenlivet 12 Year Old - especially attractive now as The Glenlivet 12 was replaced by Founder's Reserve in markets such as the UK in March 2015. This bottle was part of…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (1L) - 1980s

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old)

70cl, 43%

A 25 year old from The Glenlivet, finished in Oloroso sherry casks.  More info

The Glenlivet XXV (25 Year Old)
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Glenlivet 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 900279) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A 12 year old single malt from Glenlivet, aged in a single first fill sherry butt from April 2007 to August 2019. After a dozen years of restful slumber, this whisky was independently bottled by…  More info

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 2007 (cask 900279) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

The Glenlivet 1983 - Cellar Collection

70cl, 46%

Distilled at The Glenlivet in 1983 and aged in French Limousin casks before it was bottled in 2003. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in…  More info

The Glenlivet 1983 - Cellar Collection
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Glenlivet 1951 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40.2%

Feast your eyes upon some very, very old Glenlivet single malt! This whisky was distilled all the way back in 1951 and independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in 2016 - well over 60 years later!…  More info

Glenlivet 1951 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1976 (Dansk Maltwhisky Akademi)

70cl, 51.2%

A rather old bottling of Glenlivet, distilled in 1976 and then aged for an impressive 33 years. After this time, it was bottled in 2010 by the Dansk Maltwhisky Akademi for the annual WWW Falster…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1976 (Dansk Maltwhisky Akademi)

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2007 (cask 900241) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

From the Glenlivet Distillery comes this 11 year old single malt, distilled in April 2007. It went straight into a first-fill sherry butt, and once 11 years had passed, in February 2019 the whisky…  More info

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2007 (cask 900241) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s (boxed)

75cl, 40%

This bottled of Glenlivet 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was produced back in the 1980s. The distillery's 12 year old expression has since been replaced by the Founder's Reserve in the 2015,…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s (boxed)

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) (75cl) - 1990s

75cl, 40%

Part of the Glenlivet's Classic Golf Courses of Scotland series, this St Andrews edition was released sometime in the 1990s. It includes a bottle of 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) (75cl) - 1990s

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