1859 – Upper Drummin and Cairngorm close and all equipment is brought to Minmore which is renamed The Glenlivet Distillery.
5 800 000 litres
Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9DB
Minmore, Ballindalloch, Banffshire
George Smith inherits the farm distillery Upper Drummin from his father Andrew Smith who has been distilling on the site since 1774.
George Smith buys Delnabo farm near Tomintoul and leases Cairngorm Distillery. His son William takes over operations at Upper Drummin.
George Smith leases three other farms, one of which is situated on the river Livet and is called Minmore.
William Smith develops tuberculosis and his brother John Gordon moves back home to assist his father. Sales of Smith’s Glenlivet increases steadily and neither Upper Drummin nor Cairngorm Distillery can meet demand.
George Smith cooperates with the whisky agent Andrew P. Usher and exports the whisky with great success.
George Smith dies and his son John Gordon takes over.
John Gordon Smith applies for and is granted sole rights to the name The Glenlivet. Only Glenlivet Distillery may thus use the name. All distilleries wishing to use Glenlivet in their names must from now hyphenate it with their brand names.
A fire breaks out and some of the buildings are replaced.
Another two stills are installed.
John Gordon Smith dies.
John Gordon’s nephew George Smith Grant takes over.
Captain Bill Smith Grant, son of George Smith Grant, takes over.
George & J. G. Smith Ltd merges with J. & J. Grant of Glen Grant Distillery and forms the company Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distillers Ltd.
Floor maltings closes.
Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distillers Ltd merges with Longmorn-Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd and Hill Thomson & Co. Ltd to form The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd.
Seagrams buys The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. A visitor centre opens.
– The visitor centre is expanded, and a multimedia facility installed.
French Oak 12 years and American Oak 12 years are launched
Pernod Ricard and Diageo buy Seagram Spirits & Wine. Pernod Ricard thereby gain control of the Chivas group.
This year sees a lavish relaunch of
Two new duty-free versions are introduced – The Glenlivet 12 year old First Fill and Nadurra, a 16 year old non chill-filtered matured in first-fill bourbon casks. The 1972 Cellar Collection (2,015 bottles) is launched.
Nadurra 16 year old cask strength and 1969 Cellar Collection are released. Glenlivet sells more than 500,000 cases for the first time in one year.
Glenlivet XXV is released.
Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde