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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 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s

50cl, 43%

This is a 50cl flat bottle of Glenlivet 12 Year Old, produced back in the 1980s. You know, the days when they called it "Pure Single Malt Scotch Whisky". Different times...  More info

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s

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 14 Year Old 1994 (Adelphi) 10cl

10cl, 61.2%

A sample bottle of Glenlivet, bottled by Adelphi. This was distilled in 1994, matured for 14 years in cask number 61416 and bottled in 2009 at cask strength, as part of a release of 560 bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1994 (Adelphi) 10cl

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 14 Year Old 1996 Cask 105516 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.4%

A 14 year old, Single Cask Glenlivet, aged in a sherry butt and bottled at natural cask strength in 2011. The cask had an outturn of 526 bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1996 Cask 105516 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1996 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.3%

This was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery on the 25th June 1996 before a 14 year maturation in sherry butt number 105515 before bottling on the 17th August 2010. A release of 615 numbered…  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1996 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1996 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.1%

From the Signatory Cask Strength Collection comes this fourteen year old Glenlivet, bottled from its sherry cask just six days before it turned fifteen.  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1996 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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 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 14 Year Old 2006 (cask 901279) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 62.2%

A single cask bottling of Glenlivet single malt, drawn from a first-fill sherry butt that was laid down in December 2006. After 14 years of maturation, the whisky was bottled in April 2021 by…  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2006 (cask 901279) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 15 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A single cask Glenlivet, this was distilled on the 19th September 1995, and aged in first fill sherry butt number 144357 before bottling on the 26th November 2010. A release of 792 bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 15 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenlivet 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 157421) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.4%

Cask strength Glenlivet single malt, bottled by Signatory! Yum yum! 603 bottles were produced from cask 157421, a sherry butt, when it was opened in October 2013.  More info

Glenlivet 15 Year Old 1997 (cask 157421) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 15 Year Old 2006 (cask 900786) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 63.7%

Behold the glory of Glenlivet in this superb single malt, distilled in August 2006 and matured for 15 years in a single first-fill sherry butt. In January 2022, a total of 616 bottles were drawn from…  More info

Glenlivet 15 Year Old 2006 (cask 900786) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 16 year old Glenlivet distilled in September 1995 and aged in a single sherry butt before bottling in March 2012. A release of just 299 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1995 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 79235) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.6%

A 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from one of the top Speyside distilleries, Glenlivet. This particular release was aged in a sherry butt, from May 1996 to November 2012. Signatory bottled cask…  More info

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 79235) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 79238) - Un-chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A 16 year old Glenlivet from Signatory. Releases from this distillery are getting rarer, peeps… This one was matured in a single first fill Sherry butt. Yummers.  More info

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 79238) - Un-chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 79239) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A single cask release of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky from cask 79239, which happened to be a first fill sherry butt. Distilled in May 1996, and disgorged in May 2013. There was enough for 774…  More info

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1996 (cask 79239) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 157420) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection has been wildly popular and we're sure that this addition to the range will fly off the shelves like a racing pigeon that's just seen a massive bag tasty,…  More info

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 157420) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 157424) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A Signatory bottling of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, which has spent 16 years maturing in a first fill Sherry butt. To make sure none of those sweet, spicy flavours escaped, it was bottled…  More info

Glenlivet 16 Year Old 1997 (cask 157424) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenlivet 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 163418) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

An 18 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a first fill Sherry butt from October 1996 to March 2015. It was bottled by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered…  More info

Glenlivet 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 163418) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

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)

Glenlivet 18 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

An older style bottling of Glenivet's ace 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky, sure to be rather popular with collectors and Glenlivet enthusiasts (Glenliventhusiasts?). This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenlivet 18 Year Old (Old Bottling)

Glenlivet 1943 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

This Glenlivet was aged for an extraordinary 55 years in a refill sherry cask (cask number 120). Distilled in 1943, during the war, and unsurprisingly chosen by the directors at Gordon & MacPhail for…  More info

Glenlivet 1943 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

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 1954 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 50.6%

A stunning old Glenlivet distilled on the 26th November 1954 and aged for 56 years in first sherry hogshead #2736. This comes from the private collection of Michael GC Urquhart (the Director at…  More info

Glenlivet 1954 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

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