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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 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

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)

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0814D

70cl, 55.7%

Another Nàdurra here from Glenlivet! This one, Batch 0814D, was matured in bourbon casks and has been bottled at cask strength, with no chill-filtration or additional colours, which is this whole…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0814D
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Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 166953) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 59%

A well Sherried Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 20 years in a single Sherry butt. It was distilled in October 1995 and bottled in March 2016 by Signatory as part of their very popular…  More info

Glenlivet 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 166953) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 1991 Nàdurra Triumph

70cl, 48%

A cask strength 1991 vintage Glenlivet, this is a single barley edition of Nadurra, in this case the Triumph variety. Very tasty indeed.  More info

Glenlivet 1991 Nàdurra Triumph
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The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0714

70cl, 63.1%

The latest addition to the excellent Nàdurra range of natural cask strength, non chill-filtered whiskies is 'First Fill Selection', a sweet, vanilla-rich virgin American white oak matured version…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0714
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Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1972 (cask 1072) - Exceptional Casks (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 53%

Strictly 1 Per Customer! From the Berry Brothers & Rudd Exceptional Casks range, which was introduced in the latter half of 2014, comes a very well aged Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, taken…  More info

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1972 (cask 1072) - Exceptional Casks (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s

50cl, 43%

This is a 50cl flat bottle of Glenlivet 12 Year Old, produced back in the 1980s. You know, the days when they called it "Pure Single Malt Scotch Whisky". Different times...  More info

Glenlivet 12 Year Old 50cl - 1980s

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)

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0615

70cl, 60.3%

Glenlivet continue to release tasty single malt Scotch whisky matured in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez, Spain, bottled at cask strength and without chill-filtration for their fantastic Nàdurra…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0615
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The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Without Presentation Box) - 1970s

76cl, 40%

12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, produced in the 1970s. You can tell it's from a while ago as the bottle calls it 'Unblended all malt Scotch Whisky', rather than single malt, as is…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (Without Presentation Box) - 1970s

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses

70cl, 40%

A Glenlivet gift set including two glasses and a full bottle of Founder's Reserve, named for George Smith, all packaged in Georgian blue.  More info

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve Gift Set with x2 Glasses
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Glenlivet 1959 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 47.5%

Over 50 years in the making, older vintages of Glenlivet are becoming increasingly rare - invest while you can!  More info

Glenlivet 1959 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

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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Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 48.1%

Well-aged whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, matured in a single hogshead cask. This was distilled in November 1981 and allowed to mature for 34 years, before Signatory cracked the cask open and…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9645) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.7%

27 year old single malt from the legendary Glenlivet distillery - the first Glenlivet bottling from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! The label of this incredible whisky references the distillery's…  More info

Glenlivet 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$366.58

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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Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 40.2%

42 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenlivet distillery, aged in bourbon hogsheads from 1973 to 2015. A release of 630 bottles, which were bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch…  More info

Glenlivet 42 Year Old 1973 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
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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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$774.47

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

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 57.9%

Bottled in 2012 after an 18 year old maturation in cask 22378, this release is part of The Glenlivet's excellent Single Cask Editions range. This edition is named Minmore after the old farm site on…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Minmore - Single Cask Edition
$229.15

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
$774.47

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1015

70cl, 60.3%

Another Nàdurra! These releases from the Glenlivet distillery, bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration, are rather excellent indeed. This particularly batch was drawn from first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1015
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$46.35

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0915

70cl, 60.4%

Another edition of Glenlivet's Nàdurra First Fill Selection, aged in first fill American white oak casks and bottled without any chill-filtration and at cask strength (a robust 604.% ABV). A great…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Batch FF0915
$64.67

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 49.2%

34 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single hogshead cask. It was distilled in November 1981 and set aside to age until the chaps from Signatory came along and bottled it up…  More info

Glenlivet 34 Year Old 1981 (cask 9654) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

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