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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 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)

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)

Glenlivet 1979 (cask 6094) - Mackillop's Choice (bottled 2012)

70cl, 46.8%

Glenlivet is one of the best selling single malt whiskies in the world so it's great to have the opportunity to try a cask bottled at cask strength that hasn't been used as a part of their range.…  More info

Glenlivet 1979 (cask 6094) - Mackillop's Choice (bottled 2012)

Glenlivet 1991 Nàdurra Triumph

70cl, 48%

A cask strength 1991 vintage Glenlivet, this is a single barley edition of Nadurra, in this case the Triumph variety. Very tasty indeed.  More info

Glenlivet 1991 Nàdurra Triumph
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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 1999 (bottled 2017) (cask 77205) - Samaroli

70cl, 45%

The revered Glenlivet distillery provides the respected Samaroli a Speyside single malt Scotch that was distilled in 1999 in a very welcome marriage. The Italian indie bottlers did what they do best,…  More info

Glenlivet 1999 (bottled 2017) (cask 77205) - Samaroli

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

Glenlivet 19 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A glorious single cask Glenlivet, distilled in April 1992 and aged for 19 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in August of 2011. A release of 283…  More info

Glenlivet 19 Year Old 1992 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glenlivet 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 79229) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This is an independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the much-adored Glenlivet distillery. The whisky was distilled in May 1996 and left to aged in a first-fill Sherry butt until…  More info

Glenlivet 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 79229) - Un-Chillfiltered (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

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1990 (cask 22393) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.7%

This was distilled at Glenlivet on the 4th October 1990 and it was aged in cask 22393 for 20 years before bottling in April of 2011 for the Mackillop's Choice range. Each bottle is individually…  More info

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1990 (cask 22393) - Mackillop's Choice

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 166953) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 59%

A well Sherried Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 20 years in a single Sherry butt. It was distilled in October 1995 and bottled in March 2016 by Signatory as part of their very popular…  More info

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 166953) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 166963) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.6%

Distilled in October 1995, this 20 year old Glenlivet malt was bottled by Signatory in March 2016 following a maturation in a single Sherry butt. The outturn was 523 bottles of tasty whisky with a…  More info

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 166963) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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 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 22 Year Old 1987 Cask 47252 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 56.5%

This was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery in July 1987, and aged for 22 years in cask number 47252 before bottling in February 2010. A release of 317 cask strength, individually numbered bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 22 Year Old 1987 Cask 47252 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

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)

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)

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 23105) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 52.1%

The Mackillop's Choice range is made of independent bottlings of casks that are deemed to be worthy of the brand's name, just like this Glenlivet, which was distilled in October 1989 and subsequently…  More info

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 23105) - Mackillop's Choice
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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

Glenlivet 25 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.3%

This single cask, cask strength Glenlivet was distilled on the 10th June 1985, and aged in hogshead 19750 for 25 years before bottling on the 13th January 2011. A release of 212 bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 25 Year Old 1985 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Glenlivet 25 Year Old 1993 - Sar Obair Decanter (Kingsbury)

70cl, 54.3%

This impressive Glenlivet was bottled under the Sar Obair label (which translates to 'precious and rare') from indie bottler Kingsbury. After it was distilled in 1993, the single malt was left to…  More info

Glenlivet 25 Year Old 1993 - Sar Obair Decanter (Kingsbury)

Glenlivet 26 Year Old 1976 (cask 5532) - Signatory

70cl, 56.5%

This wonderful sherried Glenlivet was distilled back in March 1976, and then whacked into a single sherry butt for over a quarter of a century. At 26 years old, Signatory bottled the fruity whisky in…  More info

Glenlivet 26 Year Old 1976 (cask 5532) - Signatory

Glenlivet 27 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 51.4%

A 27 year old Glenlivet single malt, which we've independently bottled as part of our Single Cask Series. This one was distilled in June 1989, matured in a bourbon cask and bottled just 10 days…  More info

Glenlivet 27 Year Old 1989 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Glenlivet 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.7%

27 year old single malt from the legendary Glenlivet distillery - the first Glenlivet bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The label of this incredible whisky references the distillery's…  More info

Glenlivet 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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