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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 Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0317

70cl, 60.3%

Sherried Glenlivet single malt, released as part of the Nàdurra range. This was aged in first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks before being bottled without any chill-filtration or additional colours, and…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0317
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The Glenlivet Alpha

70cl, 50%

Here, we have something unique. A limited release of 3,350 bottles (only 600 in the UK!) of pure mystery and intrigue. The label says "from The Glenlivet Distillery", and on release that's all…  More info

The Glenlivet Alpha
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Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)

70cl, 46%

An 8 year old Glenlivet, matured in a first fill Sherry butt from March 2007 to June 2015. This comes presented by new independent bottlers Edinburgh Whisky Ltd. as part of their Library Collection -…  More info

Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)
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Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

70cl, 46.8%

41 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, which was initially aged in a hogshead cask and finished (for 48 months) in Oloroso Sherry oak! This was distilled in March 1974…  More info

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Cask Strength Collection Rare Reserve (Signatory)

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0816

70cl, 61.3%

Glenlivet's popular Nàdurra range features whisky produced in small batches, bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration or additional colours - consequently, it should be no surprise that…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0816
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The Glenlivet Cipher

70cl, 48%

Back in 2013 The Glenlivet released a whisky called Alpha with no tasting notes, no cask details and an opaque black bottle. 'Twas quite good fun as everybody tried to guess the production technique…  More info

The Glenlivet Cipher
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The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.6%

Another official single cask bottling from The Glenlivet named after one of the farms in the Livet valley, Ladderfoot spent its 16 year maturation period in a Sherry butt (cask 120960).  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Ladderfoot - Single Cask Edition

Smith's Glenlivet 1966 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40%

An independent bottling of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in 1966 and bottled in 2014 by the esteemed Gordon & MacPhail. This is presented with a gloriously retro…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1966 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 900254) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Glenfiddich single malt, drawn from a single first fill Sherry butt which matured the whisky for 10 years! This was distilled in April 2007 and bottled in September 2017 by Signatory for the…  More info

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 900254) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 901043) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

9 year old single malt from the ever-dependable Glenlivet distillery, drawn from a single first fill Sherry butt! Said Sherry butt was filled in October 2006 and cracked open in August 2016 by…  More info

Glenlivet 9 Year Old 2006 (cask 901043) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Allargue - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 59.3%

Another bottling in Glenlivet's Single Cask Edition series - this time it was aged for 18 years in cask #96421 and bottled in January 2016 with an outturn of 660 bottles. This edition has been given…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Allargue - Single Cask Edition

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 50.8%

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, distilled in 1997 and matured in bourbon barrel 30777. It was bottled on 16th April 2015 and is named after a local farm in the valley of the Livet.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition
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The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Auchvaich - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 55.7%

A single cask bottling of 18 year old Glenlivet single malt, given the name Auchvaich by the famous distillery in the Speyside region. It was bottled in March 2016 with an outturn of 588 bottles.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Auchvaich - Single Cask Edition

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Batch PW1016

70cl, 62%

Another batch from Glenlivet's fantastic Nàdurra range. Coming from the Peated Whisky Cask Finish series with the Nàdurra range, this cask strength, non-chill-filtered single malt has enjoyed a…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Batch PW1016
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Smith's Glenlivet 1946 (bottled 1992) - Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 40%

Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, this Glenlivet has been aged beyond belief! Distilled by the Speyside legends in 1946 and bottled in 1992, the whisky has had decades to contemplate the universe,…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1946 (bottled 1992) - Gordon and MacPhail

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish

70cl, 61.5%

Matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks before a finishing period in casks that previously held heavily peated (Speyside peat, as we understand it) Scotch whisky. This third no age statement Nàdurra…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish
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Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 46.8%

A 40 year old Glenlivet that spent its final 48 months in a Sherry cask before being bottled for La Maison du Whisky in 2015.  More info

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1974 (cask 1) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 47.7%

Independently bottled 33 year old Glenlivet here - oh yes, this'll be tasty stuff! It was distilled in 1977 and bottled in 2010 by Murray McDavid as part of their Mission Gold range, and it certainly…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

The Glenlivet 11 Year Old Bochel - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 59.5%

A single cask 11 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, originally released in the Netherlands. It was bottled at a robust 59.5% ABV in October 2014 and named after Bochel Hill, which is said…  More info

The Glenlivet 11 Year Old Bochel - Single Cask Edition

The Glenlivet 18 Years Old Buiternach - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 52.6%

Single cask Glenlivet single malt, bottled at 18 years old and bestowed the name Buiternach - which we believe comes from the Buiternach woods. 198 bottles were produced.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Years Old Buiternach - Single Cask Edition

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 901274) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A single cask bottling of Glenlivet single malt, aged for a decade in a first-fill Sherry butt from November 2006 to February 2017. This was independently bottled by Signatory for their…  More info

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2006 (cask 901274) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 19 Year Old Campdalemore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 58.1%

A 19 year old single cask release from Glenlivet, which has been given the name Campdalemore after an old forest in the area.  More info

Glenlivet 19 Year Old Campdalemore - Single Cask Edition

The Glenlivet 25 Year Old Royal Wedding Reserve

75cl, 43%

A very rare bottle of 25 year old Glenlivet, bottled in commemoration of Charles and Diana's Royal Wedding in 1981. Incredible handsome and highly collectable. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

The Glenlivet 25 Year Old Royal Wedding Reserve

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from Glenlivet, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016, presented in bottled with wonderfully retro labels...  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old American Oak

100cl, 40%

The entry level bottling from the illustrious Glenlivet distillery at Speyside's heart, aged for 12 years. The archetypal Speyside dram, honey and orchard fruit driven. This bottle was part of a…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old American Oak
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