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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.

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
13
$42.13

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
12
$42.48

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
23
$55.37

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
$60.99

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
157
$63.26

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1120

70cl, 60.1%

Glenlivet's outstanding Nàdurra range ('Nàdurra' means 'Natural' in Gaelic) is filled with small-batch whisky, bottled at cask strength without any chill-filtration or additional colours. This one…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL1120
2
$67.90

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
108
$96.03

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)
$123.04

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
33
$232.72

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)
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$432.69

Glenlivet 28 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 48.2%

A 28 year old single malt from the Glenlivet Distillery, independently bottled up as part of the Darkness range! This richly sherried expression enjoyed a finishing period in a specially-coopered…  More info

Glenlivet 28 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
$448.75

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
$449.97

Glenlivet 1989 (cask 3626) - 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 3626) - Mackillop's Choice
$562.47

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
$2,343.62

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
$3,333.79

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)
$11,712.23

The Glenlivet Ice Bucket

An ice bucket off of them there Glenlivet. Use to store ice and chilled water.  More info

The Glenlivet Ice Bucket

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1994 (Adelphi) 10cl

10cl, 61.2%

A sample bottle of Glenlivet, bottled by Adelphi. This was distilled in 1994, matured for 14 years in cask number 61416 and bottled in 2009 at cask strength, as part of a release of 560 bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1994 (Adelphi) 10cl

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
361
$38.61

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A Signatory bottling from the Glenlivet distillery - the classic Speyside malt maker! This one has a beautiful colour, having been matured for 14 years in a first fill sherry butt (cask number…  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Glenlivet 15 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A single cask Glenlivet, this was distilled on the 19th September 1995, and aged in first fill sherry butt number 144357 before bottling on the 26th November 2010. A release of 792 bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 15 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%

Give the gift of Glenlivet! This stylish gift pack comes with a bottle of the 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky, a classic entry level dram packed with Speyside fruits and honey'd barley, along…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

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
2
$47.40

Glenlivet 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

A single cask bottled for the Coopers Choice range, this was distilled in 1997 at the Glenlivet distillery. A classic Speyside known for its honeyed, floral flavours.  More info

Glenlivet 1997 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0813Y

70cl, 56.1%

The Nadurra series is Glenlivet's range of 16 year old single malt Scotch whiskies, which have been matured in ex-bourbon casks and then bottled at cask strength with no chill-filtration. A fantastic…  More info

The Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nàdurra Batch 0813Y
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