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The Glenlivet

Glenlivet is a world-renowned single malt whisky distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland. Founded in 1824, Glenlivet is one of the oldest and most respected whisky brands in the world.

Glenlivet's signature style is light and fruity, with a distinctively floral nose. The distillery's whiskies are known for their smoothness and drinkability, making them perfect for both beginners and experienced whisky drinkers alike.

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

70cl, 40%

This is the St Andrews edition of Glenlivet's Classic Golf Courses of Scotland series, released in the 1990s. It includes a 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky and a presentation tin…  More info

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

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Muirfield) - 1980s

75cl, 40%

A collectible 1980s bottling of Glenlivet 12 Year Old, complete with Classic Golf Courses of Scotland presentation tin - this one features a picture of Muirfield Golf Course on the front.  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Muirfield) - 1980s

Glenlivet 15 Year Old 2006 (cask 900786) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 63.7%

Behold the glory of Glenlivet in this superb single malt, distilled in August 2006 and matured for 15 years in a single first-fill sherry butt. In January 2022, a total of 616 bottles were drawn from…  More info

Glenlivet 15 Year Old 2006 (cask 900786) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A 30 year old single cask Speyside. Distilled at Glenlivet in August 1979 and aged for 30 years in a refill hogshead before bottling August 2009. A release of 217 bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1979 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

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 14 Year Old 2004 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 64%

This indie Speysider began its life at the Glenlivet Distillery in 2004. The single malt spent the following 14 years in a single refill bourbon barrel, until it was bottled in July 2019. Gordon &…  More info

Glenlivet 14 Year Old 2004 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1978 (Adelphi)

70cl, 53.9%

A single cask Glenlivet, this was matured in ex bourbon hogshead number 13515, a cask with just 163 bottles of 31 year old Glenlivet, bottled by Adelphi.  More info

Glenlivet 31 Year Old 1978 (Adelphi)

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 44.3%

Distilled at the Glenlivet distillery in November 1981, this was aged in cask 9624 for 30 years before bottling in November 2011. A release of 217 numbered bottles.  More info

Glenlivet 30 Year Old 1981 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1970 - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 40%

This is a 40 year old, single cask, cask strength (even though it's 40%, it wasn't diluted, it came out of the cask at this strength) Glenlivet, aged in a bourbon cask. This was distilled in 1970 and…  More info

Glenlivet 40 Year Old 1970 - Lonach (Duncan Taylor)

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 18 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

An older style bottling of Glenivet's ace 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky, sure to be rather popular with collectors and Glenlivet enthusiasts (Glenliventhusiasts?). This bottle was part of…  More info

Glenlivet 18 Year Old (Old Bottling)

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Carnoustie) - 1980s

70cl, 40%

Another entry in Glenlivet's Classic Golf Courses of Scotland series from the 1980s - this one with a presentation tin featuring Carnoustie in Angus! Much sought after by collectors, these are.  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Carnoustie) - 1980s

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (75cl) - 1970s

75cl, 40%

A 1970s bottling of Glenlivet 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky (or "Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky" as the label proclaims - like we said, this is from the 1970s!). Very rare and collectible,…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old (75cl) - 1970s

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Turnberry) - 1980s

75cl, 40%

A Classic Golf Courses of Scotland bottling of 12 year old Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky from the 1980s. This one features the Turnberry gold course on its presentation tin. Did you know the…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Turnberry) - 1980s

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Royal Dornoch) - 1980s

75cl, 40%

Part of a collection of 12 year old single malt Glenlivet whiskies, all with an accompanying presentation tin featuring a different golf course in Scotland. This one features the Royal Dornoch golf…  More info

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old - Classic Golf Courses of Scotland (Royal Dornoch) - 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

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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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 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)

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old (1L) (Old Bottling)

100cl, 43%

An old bottling of 18 year old single malt from famed Speyside distillery, Glenlivet! This collectible 1 litre bottling features a rather understated label, which looks very different compared to…  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old (1L) (Old Bottling)

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 39 Year Old 1970 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.4%

Single cask Speyside whisky from the Glenlivet distillery. This was distilled in February 1970 and aged for 39 years in cask number 2003 before bottling in September of 2009 by Duncan Taylor for…  More info

Glenlivet 39 Year Old 1970 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
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Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 13611) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

A 23 year old single cask Glenlivet distilled on 12th June 1989 and bottled in March 2013 by Montgomerie's. No chill filtration or artificial colouring is used.  More info

Glenlivet 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 13611) - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 (Celtic Heartlands)

70cl, 47.7%

A 33 year old, cask strength Glenlivet, selected by Bruichladdich's Master Distillery Jim McEwan, and bottled in his Celtic Heartlands range.  More info

Glenlivet 33 Year Old 1977 (Celtic Heartlands)

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)

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