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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.

Smith's Glenlivet 1938 - Gordon & MacPhail

75cl, 40%

A very rare bottling of single malt from Glenlivet, distilled all the way back in 1938 - pre-World War II whisky! This was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail and released with a wonderfully retro…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1938 - Gordon & MacPhail

Smith's Glenlivet 1946 (bottled 1992) - Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 40%

Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, this Glenlivet has been aged beyond belief! Distilled by the Speyside legends in 1946 and bottled in 1992, the whisky has had decades to contemplate the universe,…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1946 (bottled 1992) - Gordon and MacPhail

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

A rather classic, classy bottling of Glenlivet single malt, presented by Gordon & MacPahil as part of their Distillery Labels series. This very well-matured dram was distilled in 1948 and was…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1948 (bottled 2010) - Gordon & MacPhail
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Smith's Glenlivet 1949 (bottled 2001) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40%

Extremely long-aged single malt from the legendary Glenlivet distillery, laid down in 1949 and matured until 2001! This was independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their Distillery Labels…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1949 (bottled 2001) - Gordon & MacPhail

Smith's Glenlivet 1950 (bottled 2001) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40%

This is a very collectible Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, presented in a bottle which harks back to the design from decades ago - and it's not just the design…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1950 (bottled 2001) - Gordon & MacPhail

Smith's Glenlivet 1955 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40%

A 1955 vintage single malt distilled at The Glenlivet distillery and bottled as part of Gordon & MacPhail's "Smith's Glenlivet" range. Dignified and slightly smoky, an incredible dram.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1955 (bottled 2005) - Gordon & MacPhail

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

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2006) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

This is a rare 1965 bottling of The Glenlivet by George and J.G.Smith.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2006) - Gordon & MacPhail
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Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

A classy bottling of well-aged Glenlivet single malt, presented as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Labels series. This was distilled back in 1965 and bottled in 2012 with an awesome…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1965 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

Smith's Glenlivet 1966 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

This is a 1966 Glenlivet from Gordon and MacPhail's Distillery Range. Perfect for reminiscing about a certain World Cup victory...  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1966 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

Smith's Glenlivet 1966 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 40%

An independent bottling of Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in 1966 and bottled in 2014 by the esteemed Gordon & MacPhail. This is presented with a gloriously retro…  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1966 (bottled 2014) - Gordon & MacPhail

Smith's Glenlivet 1967 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

This Glenlivet was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail’s Distillery Range and is an impressively aged whisky from the famous distillery of Glenlivet.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1967 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

Smith's Glenlivet 1974 (bottled 2008) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

This is a 1974 Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin as part of their Distillery Label range.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1974 (bottled 2008) - Gordon & MacPhail

Smith's Glenlivet 1977 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

This is a 1977 vintage Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their distillery label range.  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 1977 (bottled 2012) - Gordon & MacPhail

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail

70cl, 43%

An independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from Glenlivet, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016, presented in bottled with wonderfully retro labels...  More info

Smith's Glenlivet 2001 (bottled 2016) - Gordon & MacPhail

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

SMWS 2.64 29 Year Old 1975

70cl, 56%

29 year old single malt from the Glenlivet distillery, released by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This one was distilled all the way back in December 1975, and bottled in October 2005. As is the way…  More info

SMWS 2.64 29 Year Old 1975

The Glenlivet 11 Year Old Bochel - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 59.5%

A single cask 11 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, originally released in the Netherlands. It was bottled at a robust 59.5% ABV in October 2014 and named after Bochel Hill, which is said…  More info

The Glenlivet 11 Year Old Bochel - Single Cask Edition

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

100cl, 40%

A big ol' bottle of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky. You see, it is technically "big" as it's a 1 litre bottle, and "ol'" because it was produced in the 1970s. Hence, "big…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s
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The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

75cl, 43%

An antique bottle of The Glenlivet 12 year old, from the 1970s. What type of whisky is it, you ask? Why, it's "Unblended all malt Scotch whisky" (single malt), of course!  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1970s

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s (boxed)

75cl, 40%

This bottled of Glenlivet 12 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky was produced back in the 1980s. The distillery's 12 year old expression has since been replaced by the Founder's Reserve in the 2015,…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - 1980s (boxed)

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (1L) - 1980s

100cl, 43%

A 1980s bottling of classic Glenlivet 12 Year Old - especially attractive now as The Glenlivet 12 was replaced by Founder's Reserve in markets such as the UK in March 2015. This bottle was part of…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (1L) - 1980s

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old 70cl - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) - 1980s

70cl, 40%

A 70cl bottle 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Classic Golf Courses of Scotland collection in the 1980s. The presentation tin features the St Andrew golf…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old 70cl - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) - 1980s
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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 12 Year Old American Oak

100cl, 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 bottle was part of a…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old American Oak
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