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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 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 900214) - Artist #8 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 64.1%

10 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery which has been matured in a single first-fill sherry hogshead from 2007 to 2018. Following its slumber, La Maison du Whisky independently bottled…  More info

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 900214) - Artist #8 (La Maison du Whisky)
$146.55

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
$392.91

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
$2,916.14
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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
$2,302.22
$2,046.42

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
$147.34

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch

70cl, 40%

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch from Glenlivet is made with specially selected casks, including first-fill ex-Sherry casks, first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch
9
$84.89

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
$5,397.42

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Cairn na Bruar - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 60.2%

This is a single cask bottling of single malt from Speyside's Glenlivet distillery, bottled in November 2016 with an outturn of 558 bottles (originally released for the German market). This was…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Cairn na Bruar - Single Cask Edition
$306.91

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)
$478.81
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The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted

100cl, 40%

One of two new Master Distiller's releases from the summer of 2015, originally for travel retail. The Solera Reserve, like the others in the range, is made up of whiskies matured in ex-Sherry casks,…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted
11
$61.34

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve

100cl, 40%

A wonderful Glenlivet, launched for travel retail. This was launched in honour of Alan Winchester, who has been Master Distiller at the distillery since 2009. He created this whisky with European oak…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve
89
$60.32

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
2
$57.76

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Batch PW0717

70cl, 61.8%

This release from The Glenlivet Nàdurra series has enjoyed a finishing period in casks that previously contained peated whisky. This has imparted a subtle smoky element to the whisky, which is apt,…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Batch PW0717
1
$65.43

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
11
$45.94

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%

A Gold Medal Winner at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition, the 2002 International Spirits Challenge and a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits…  More info

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old
30
$204.54

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
296
$34.27

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

70cl, 43%

This excellent 18 year old single malt from Glenlivet is a classic Speyside dram, it also won two golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
93
$91.99

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2007 (cask 900242) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This 11 year old Glenlivet was distilled in 2007 and laid to rest in a single first-fill sherry butt. After just over a decade had passed, the single malt was bottled in February 2019 by Signatory…  More info

Glenlivet 11 Year Old 2007 (cask 900242) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$50.09

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)
27
$311.41

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
135
$55.24

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) (75cl) - 1990s

75cl, 40%

Part of the Glenlivet's Classic Golf Courses of Scotland series, this St Andrews edition was released sometime in the 1990s. It includes a bottle of 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (St Andrews) (75cl) - 1990s

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)

The Glenlivet 30 Year Old - Cellar Collection

70cl, 48%

Part of Glenlivet's Cellar Collection range, which was first established around 2000, this rare and unique Speyside malt was distilled at Glenlivet in the early 1970s. After 30 years of maturation in…  More info

The Glenlivet 30 Year Old - Cellar Collection

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 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)

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