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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.

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
$2,096.14

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
$2,981.75

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
$5,528.55

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
$402.46

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
$309.18

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1969 (cask 1392) - Signatory

70cl, 56.4%

A really rather snazzy indie bottling of Glenlivet, distilled in Speyside back in February 1969. It was left for over three decades in a single sherry butt (number #1392, if you were curious) until…  More info

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1969 (cask 1392) - Signatory
$1,572.10

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)
$10,475.43

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
143
$56.58

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
$314.37

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
32
$201.87

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
16
$47.06

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl, 40%

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

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
326
$35.10

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
9
$86.94

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
4
$59.16

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0818

70cl, 60.2%

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 OL0818
2
$60.73

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)
$110.05

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
$94.28

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)
31
$318.99

Dark Chocolate Orange 1977 - Wemyss Malts (Glenlivet)

70cl, 46%

A barely believable 1977 (!) Glenlivet from top-notch bottler Wemyss. Astonishing stuff and only 149 bottles available!  More info

Dark Chocolate Orange 1977 - Wemyss Malts (Glenlivet)

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2001 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A gorgeously dark, sherry-butt-matured Glenlivet, distilled in September 2001 and aged for 10 years before bottling in February 2012. A single cask release of just 387 bottles from the Douglas Laing…  More info

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2001 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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)
$46.86

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 - Artist Collective (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 48%

10 year old sherried single malt from the Glenlivet distillery, independently bottled by La Maison du Whisky for its Artist Collective bottling range. It was distilled in 2007 and matured in a pair…  More info

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 - Artist Collective (La Maison du Whisky)
$64.31

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)
$150.12

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 900250) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

10 year old single malt from the legendary Glenlivet distillery, drawn from a single first-fill sherry butt which was laid down in April 2007 and cracked open in June 2017. Another glorious bottling…  More info

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 900250) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$46.86

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)
$46.86

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