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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 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
$3,164.96

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
$2,224.94

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
$427.19

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)
$11,119.11

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)
$116.81

The Glenlivet Triple Cask Matured Rare Cask

100cl, 40%

From The Glenlivet's Travel Retail market range comes this fruity expression, Triple Cask Matured Rare Cask! The single malt has been matured in a trio of casks with the majority of the spirit having…  More info

The Glenlivet Triple Cask Matured Rare Cask
$100.86

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)
33
$399.69

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
20
$52.57

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
3
$100.07

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%

Excellent 12 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery in Speyside, which enjoys its maturation in both European and American oak casks. It's an immensely popular expression which…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
6
$40.33

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
341
$36.66

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
5
$62.80

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
149
$60.06

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
$1,668.70

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)

Glenlivet 62 Year Old 1952 (cask 69133) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.4%

This Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky certainly fits the bill for Gordon and MacPhail's Private Collection Ultra, a range of incredibly well matured, independently bottled whiskies. It was…  More info

Glenlivet 62 Year Old 1952 (cask 69133) - Private Collection Ultra (Gordon & MacPhail)
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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
1

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

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 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 70 Year Old 1940 20cl - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

20cl, 45.9%

They’ve done it again! The second in Gordon and MacPhail’s Generations range, that’s right, the second ever 70 year old whisky! It looks unbelievable when written down, but this genuinely is a 70…  More info

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 20cl - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 45.9%

They’ve done it again! The second in Gordon and MacPhail’s Generations range, that’s right, the second ever 70 year old whisky! It looks unbelievable when written down, but this genuinely is a 70…  More info

Glenlivet 70 Year Old 1940 - Generations (Gordon and MacPhail)
48

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 39 Year Old 1970 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.4%

Single cask Speyside whisky from the Glenlivet distillery. This was distilled in February 1970 and aged for 39 years in cask number 2003 before bottling in September of 2009 by Duncan Taylor for…  More info

Glenlivet 39 Year Old 1970 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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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)

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