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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 28 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 48.2%

A 28 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery, independently bottled up as part of the Darkness range! This richly sherried expression enjoyed a finishing period in a specially-coopered…  More info

Glenlivet 28 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

Glenlivet 29 Year Old 1978 (cask 13503) (Adelphi)

70cl, 52.1%

An indie bottling of 29 year old Glenlivet single malt, drawn from cask #13503 which was laid down in 1978 and cracked open in 2008. It was independently bottled by Adelphi with a very small outturn…  More info

Glenlivet 29 Year Old 1978 (cask 13503) (Adelphi)

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)

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 Cask 9457 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.4%

This was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery on the 5th November 1981 before a 30 year maturation in a single cask (sherry hogshead number 9457). It was bottled for Signatory's Cask Strength…  More info

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 Cask 9457 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 (Cask 9458) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.5%

This is an excellent single cask bottling of one of the world's best selling single malt whiskies. Signatory have bottled this Glenlivet at a natural cask strength of 53.5% without chill-filtration…  More info

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 (Cask 9458) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 (Cask 9640) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.3%

A wonderful 30 year old single cask Glenlivet. This was distilled on the 5th November 1981 before a maturation in hogshead 9458. It was eventually bottled on the 28th February 2012. A release of 194…  More info

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 (Cask 9640) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.3%

Distilled at the Glenlivet distillery in November 1981, this was aged in cask 9624 for 30 years before bottling in November 2011. A release of 217 numbered bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6669) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 52.5%

A Glenlivet standing strong at an astonishing 52.5% after a full 30 years in cask 6669. Stunning Speyside whisky.  More info

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1982 (cask 6669) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

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

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1972 (cask 1024) - Very Rare (R. N. MacDonald)

70cl, 52.3%

An R. N. MacDonald bottling of well-aged Glenlivet, distilled in 1972 and bottled 31 years later in 2003. Release as part of the Very Rare series, and it is most certainly rare indeed. This bottle…  More info

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1972 (cask 1024) - Very Rare (R. N. MacDonald)

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1978 (Adelphi)

70cl, 53.9%

A single cask Glenlivet, this was matured in ex bourbon hogshead number 13515, a cask with just 163 bottles of 31 year old Glenlivet, bottled by Adelphi.  More info

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1978 (Adelphi)

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1981 (cask 9631) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.1%

A 31 year old single cask whisky from the legendary Glenlivet distillery in Speyside. Bottled at cask strength by Signatory, this fantastic single malt from cask 9631 is sure to be mightily popular.…  More info

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1981 (cask 9631) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 32 Year Old 1981 (cask 10973) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52.6%

Fancy some 32 year old Glenlivet? Well then, here's your chance, courtesy of Signatory! It was distilled by the Speyside legends in December 1981 and matured until February 2014, when it was bottled…  More info

Glenlivet 32 Year Old 1981 (cask 10973) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 32 Year Old 1981 (cask 9460) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 52%

32 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery, aged in a refill sherry hogshead from November 1981 to September 2014. Following that generous slumber, the whisky was bottled as part of…  More info

Glenlivet 32 Year Old 1981 (cask 9460) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1975 (Jim McEwan's Celtic Heartlands)

70cl, 51.2%

A release of just 450 stunning decanters from Jim McEwan's Celtic Heartlands range. This beautiful 33 year old Glenlivet was matured in bourbon casks. The result is a thick, rich and malty whisky -…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1975 (Jim McEwan's Celtic Heartlands)

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1976 (Dansk Maltwhisky Akademi)

70cl, 51.2%

A rather old bottling of Glenlivet, distilled in 1976 and then aged for an impressive 33 years. After this time, it was bottled in 2010 by the Dansk Maltwhisky Akademi for the annual WWW Falster…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1976 (Dansk Maltwhisky Akademi)

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 (Celtic Heartlands)

70cl, 47.7%

A 33 year old, cask strength Glenlivet, selected by Bruichladdich's Master Distillery Jim McEwan, and bottled in his Celtic Heartlands range.  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 (Celtic Heartlands)

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 47.7%

Independently bottled 33 year old Glenlivet here - oh yes, this'll be tasty stuff! It was distilled in 1977 and bottled in 2010 by Murray McDavid as part of their Mission Gold range, and it certainly…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This is a thirty-three year old bottling of the world famous Glenlivet by Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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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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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Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1981 (cask 9644) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.8%

A 33 year old Glenlivet distilled on 13th November 1981 and bottled by Signatory on 30th October 2015. Matured in a single hogshead cask, the outturn was 215 bottles of this delightful single malt at…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1981 (cask 9644) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1986 (cask 16601801) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 47.5%

A mightily well-aged single malt from Glenlivet, brought to us by Gordon & MacPhail for its Connoisseurs Choice collection! Distilled in 1986, the whisky spent 33 years maturing in a single refill…  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1986 (cask 16601801) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1977 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

This was distilled at Glenlivet in June 1977 and it was aged in a single refill hogshead for 34 years. It was bottled in September 2011 by Douglas Laing, and there are just 232 bottles…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1977 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9454) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 51.1%

This was distilled at Glenlivet in 1981 before a 34 year maturation in a single cask (number 9458). It was bottled in February 2016 for Signatory's Cask Strength Collection.  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9454) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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