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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 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Carnoustie) - 1980s

70cl, 40%

Another entry in Glenlivet's Classic Golf Courses of Scotland series from the 1980s - this one with a presentation tin featuring Carnoustie in Angus! Much sought after by collectors, these are.  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Carnoustie) - 1980s

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Early 1970s

75cl, 40%

Antique whisky enthusiasts should be rather excited about this bottle of 12 Year Old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, which we believe was produced in the first half of the 1970s. The label calls…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Early 1970s

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1981 (cask 10977) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.9%

An incredible 33 year old single cask Glenlivet from Signatory! Distilled on 18th December 1981 it was bottled on 9th September 2015 with an outturn of just 98 bottles at 53.6% abv.  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1981 (cask 10977) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Old Bottling)

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 (Old Bottling)
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Glenlivet 1963 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40.6%

This Glenlivet is over forty-six years old and has been specially selected to join Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection and was bottled from an American oak hogshead.  More info

Glenlivet 1963 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

The Glenlivet 21 Year Old (with Leather Suitcase-Styled Presentation Case)

70cl, 43%

A rare bottling of Glenlivet 21 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, presented in a dark glass bottle shaped to resemble those used by the distillery many, many, many years ago, according to its…  More info

The Glenlivet 21 Year Old (with Leather Suitcase-Styled Presentation Case)

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0614

70cl, 60.7%

The renowned Glenlivet Nàdurra range of natural cask strength, non-chill-filtered single malt Scotch whiskies are usually aged in bourbon casks. However, this rather special offering was matured in…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0614
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Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1981 (cask 9463) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.1%

33 year old Glenlivet single malt, matured in a single refill Sherry hogshead. Yep. Sounds pretty bloomin' stunning, doesn't it? It was distilled by Glenlivet in August 1981 and bottled in April…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1981 (cask 9463) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Smith's Glenlivet 15 Year Old - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

This is a fifteen year old Glenlivet from Gordon and MacPhail's distillery label range. Glenlivet is perhaps the archetypal Speyside with many distilleries previously calling themselves Glenlivet…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 15 Year Old - Gordon & MacPhail
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Glenlivet 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10781) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

An 18 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular selection. It was matured in a single refill hogshead from April 1997 to May 2015 with an outturn…  More info

Glenlivet 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10781) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

The Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1967 (bottled 2000) Cellar Collection

70cl, 46%

A mind-bogglingly rare Glenlivet from their renowned Cellar Collection range. This one is a 33 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary distillery, which was distilled in 1967 and…  More info

The Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1967 (bottled 2000) Cellar Collection

Smith's Glenlivet 21 Year Old - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

This is a 21 year old Glenlivet bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for their distillery label series.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 21 Year Old - Gordon & MacPhail

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0114A

70cl, 55.3%

Another batch of single malt Scotch whisky from Glenlivet's excellent Nàdurra range, matured in first fill American oak casks. This 16 year old whisky from Batch 0114A has been presented without…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0114A
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The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Muirfield) - 1980s

75cl, 40%

A collectible 1980s bottling of Glenlivet 12 Year Old, complete with Classic Golf Courses of Scotland presentation tin - this one features a picture of Muirfield Golf Course on the front.  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Muirfield) - 1980s

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%

Give the gift of Glenlivet! This stylish gift pack comes with a bottle of the 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky, a classic entry level dram packed with Speyside fruits and honey'd barley, along…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 13643) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

A Montgomerie's Rare Select bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the renowned Glenlivet distillery in Speyside. Drawn from a single cask, this whisky was matured from June 1989 to September…  More info

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 13643) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (75cl) - 1970s

75cl, 40%

A 1970s bottling of Glenlivet 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky (or "Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky" as the label proclaims - like we said, this is from the 1970s!). Very rare and collectible,…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (75cl) - 1970s

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0813Y

70cl, 56.1%

The Nadurra series is Glenlivet's range of 16 year old single malt Scotch whiskies, which have been matured in ex-bourbon casks and then bottled at cask strength with no chill-filtration. A fantastic…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0813Y
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The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0712U

70cl, 55.5%

Produced at the award-winning Glenlivet distillery, Nadurra is a delicious range of cask-strength, bourbon-matured single malt, aged for 16 years. Each is bottled in small batches, and Batch 0712U is…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0712U
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The Glenlivet Guardians' Chapter

70cl, 48.7%

The Guardians have spoken! In late 2013, Glenlivet sent out samples of three different single malts to the Guardians of Glenlivet all over the world and let them choose what would be the next release…  More info

The Glenlivet Guardians' Chapter
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Smith's Glenlivet 1961 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

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

Smith's Glenlivet 1961 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0614C

70cl, 55.2%

Batch 0614C of Glenlivet's wonderful Nàdurra range is once again matured in first-fill bourbon casks for 16 years, bottled in small batches and presented at natural cask strength and without…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0614C
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The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0313W

70cl, 54.8%

Nadurra means natural in Gaelic, and that's just what the Nadurra range of The Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky is all about. It's bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration, letting you…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0313W
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The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Turnberry) - 1980s

75cl, 40%

A Classic Golf Courses of Scotland bottling of 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky from the 1980s. This one features the Turnberry gold course on its presentation tin. Did you know the…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Turnberry) - 1980s

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Unblended All Malt

75cl, 43%

An old bottling of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old 'Unblended all malt' Scotch whisky.  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Unblended All Malt

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