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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
$2,625.80

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
$2,104.85

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)
$96.40

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
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$47.26

The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve

70cl, 40%

A tropical expression from The Glenlivet, for Caribbean Reserve a portion of the whisky was finished in casks which previously held Caribbean rum. The distillery folks suggest adding a splash of…  More info

The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
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$33.14

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

70cl, 40%

First revealed towards the end of 2014, the Founder's Reserve single malt Scotch whisky is now available in the UK and will be replacing The Glenlivet 12 year old in many of the mature markets…  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
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$30.42

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
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$189.44

Glenlivet 1989 (cask 13626) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 42.3%

A great Glenlivet here, independently bottled up for the Mackillop's Choice range. This single cask Speysider was distilled back in June 1989, and eventually it was bottled in June 2020, with a very…  More info

Glenlivet 1989 (cask 13626) - Mackillop's Choice
$523.24

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
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$47.37

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

70cl, 40%

This excellent 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Glenlivet is a classic Speyside dram, matured in a combination of first and second fill American oak and sherry casks. It also won two golds…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
112
$91.66

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0122

70cl, 58.8%

From Glenlivet's Nàdurra range ("Nàdurra" means "natural") comes a single malt Scotch whisky bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration or additional colouring (hence the "natural" reference…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0122

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old - Pre-2004

70cl, 43%

Take a trip down memory lane with this pre-2004 release of The Glenlivet's stunning Archive 21 Year Old single malt! The tinted glass plus the black and gold label are not a feature of the…  More info

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old - Pre-2004

Glenlivet 37 Year Old 1974 (Cask 5247) (Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 46%

This Glenlivet is packing an impressive thirty-seven years of cask ageing and was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London. Glenlivet has been legally distilling whisky since 1823 and…  More info

Glenlivet 37 Year Old 1974 (Cask 5247) (Berry Bros. & Rudd
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Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1973 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 47.6%

This thirty-eight year old Glenlivet was bottled in 2012 without chill filtration by Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James' London.  More info

Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1973 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1973 (cask 10658) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 48.6%

This was distilled at the Glenlivet distillery in 1973 before a 38 year maturation in a single cask (number 10658). It was bottled for Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012 and it comes at natural cask…  More info

Glenlivet 38 Year Old 1973 (cask 10658) (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

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 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
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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

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)
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