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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 First Fill Selection Batch FF0915

70cl, 60.4%

Another edition of Glenlivet's Nàdurra First Fill Selection, aged in first fill American white oak casks and bottled without any chill-filtration and at cask strength (a robust 604.% ABV). A great…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0915
$57.23

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1015

70cl, 60.3%

Another Nàdurra! These releases from the Glenlivet distillery, bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration, are rather excellent indeed. This particularly batch was drawn from first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1015
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$41.01

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

A classy bottling of well-aged Glenlivet single malt, presented as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Labels series. This was distilled back in 1965 and bottled in 2012 with an awesome…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail
$685.33

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 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 57.9%

Bottled in 2012 after an 18 year old maturation in cask 22378, this release is part of The Glenlivet's excellent Single Cask Editions range. This edition is named Minmore after the old farm site on…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition
$202.77

Smith's Glenlivet 1974 (bottled 2008) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

This is a 1974 Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin as part of their Distillery Label range.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1974 (bottled 2008) - Gordon & MacPhail

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 13611) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

A 23 year old single cask Glenlivet distilled on 12th June 1989 and bottled in March 2013 by Montgomerie's. No chill filtration or artificial colouring is used.  More info

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 13611) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2006) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

This is a rare 1965 bottling of The Glenlivet by George and J.G.Smith.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2006) - Gordon & MacPhail
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$685.33

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

A rather classic, classy bottling of Glenlivet single malt, presented by Gordon & MacPahil as part of their Distillery Labels series. This very well-matured dram was distilled in 1948 and was…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - Gordon & MacPhail
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Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 40.2%

42 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, aged in bourbon hogsheads from 1973 to 2015. A release of 630 bottles, which were bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch…  More info

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.1%

Well-aged whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled in November 1981 and allowed to mature for 34 years, before Signatory cracked the cask open and…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 1959 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 47.5%

Over 50 years in the making, older vintages of Glenlivet are becoming increasingly rare - invest while you can!  More info

Glenlivet 1959 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

100cl, 40%

A big ol' bottle of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky. You see, it is technically "big" as it's a 1 litre bottle, and "ol'" because it was produced in the 1970s. Hence, "big…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s
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The Glenlivet 1972 - Cellar Collection

70cl, 52.3%

Distilled in 1972 and bottled on the 24th August 2005, a rare cask strength release from The Glenlivet.  More info

The Glenlivet 1972 - Cellar Collection
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The Glenlivet 12 Year Old

70cl, 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 bottling has been…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
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The Glenlivet 1964 - Cellar Collection

70cl, 45%

A cask strength 40 year old from The Glenlivet, a winner of a Gold Medal at the 2005 International Spirits Challenge.  More info

The Glenlivet 1964 - Cellar Collection
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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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The Glenlivet Nàdurra 16 Year Old Batch 1007D

70cl, 57.7%

Jim Murray describes this 16 year old cask strength as "pure entertainment"! The name Nadurra derives from the Gaelic word for 'natural'. A really enjoyable Glenlivet. This is the old, discontinued…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra 16 Year Old Batch 1007D
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Glenlivet 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

A single cask bottled for the Coopers Choice range, this was distilled in 1997 at the Glenlivet distillery. A classic Speyside known for its honeyed, floral flavours.  More info

Glenlivet 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Glenlivet 22 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55%

This was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery on the 3rd December 1985 and matured for 22 years in hogshead number 19746 before bottling at cask strength by Signatory on the 29th July 2008. Part of…  More info

Glenlivet 22 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A Signatory bottling from the Glenlivet distillery - the classic Speyside malt maker! This one has a beautiful colour, having been matured for 14 years in a first fill sherry butt (cask number…  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenlivet 22 Year Old 1987 Cask 47134 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 56.1%

Single cask Glenlivet. This was distilled in July 1987, matured in cask number 47134 and bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Rare Auld range in February 2010. Part of a release of 429 bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 22 Year Old 1987 Cask 47134 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46.5%

A single cask Glenlivet, this was distilled in 1968 and matured for 41 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor.  More info

Glenlivet 41 Year Old 1968 - Peerless (Duncan Taylor)
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Glenlivet 13 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glenlivet 13 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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