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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 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 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
$47.37

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
35
$189.44

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
24
$47.26

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
381
$30.42

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
30
$33.14

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 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

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

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

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch

70cl, 40%

Originally released for the Travel Retail market, the Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch from Glenlivet is made with specially selected casks, including first-fill ex-Sherry casks, first-fill…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch
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The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Batch PW0717

70cl, 61.8%

This release from The Glenlivet Nàdurra series has enjoyed a finishing period in casks that previously contained peated whisky. This has imparted a subtle smoky element to the whisky, which is apt,…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Batch PW0717
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The Glenlivet 1983 - Cellar Collection

70cl, 46%

Distilled at The Glenlivet in 1983 and aged in French Limousin casks before it was bottled in 2003. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in…  More info

The Glenlivet 1983 - Cellar Collection
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The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted

100cl, 40%

One of two new Master Distiller's releases from the summer of 2015, originally for travel retail. The Solera Reserve, like the others in the range, is made up of whiskies matured in ex-Sherry casks,…  More info

The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve - Solera Vatted
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The Glenlivet Code

70cl, 48%

Following on from the intriguing Alpha and Cipher expressions, Glenlivet Code is another mysterious (and delicious) single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary distillery. Once again, they have…  More info

The Glenlivet Code
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Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 900255) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Who wouldn't want a single malt Scotch whisky that's been aged for ten years in a first-fill sherry butt from Glenlivet - I mean honestly? Signatory clearly appreciate this beautiful liquid, as they…  More info

Glenlivet 10 Year Old 2007 (cask 900255) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
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The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0317

70cl, 60.3%

Sherried Glenlivet single malt, released as part of the Nàdurra range. This was aged in first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks before being bottled without any chill-filtration or additional colours, and…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso Batch OL0317
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Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)

70cl, 46%

An 8 year old Glenlivet, matured in a first fill Sherry butt from March 2007 to June 2015. This comes presented by new independent bottlers Edinburgh Whisky Ltd. as part of their Library Collection -…  More info

Glenlivet 8 Year Old 2007 - The Library Collection (Edinburgh Whisky Ltd.)
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The Glenlivet Cipher

70cl, 48%

Back in 2013 The Glenlivet released a whisky called Alpha with no tasting notes, no cask details and an opaque black bottle. 'Twas quite good fun as everybody tried to guess the production technique…  More info

The Glenlivet Cipher
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The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition

70cl, 50.8%

An official bottling of single cask Glenlivet, distilled in 1997 and matured in bourbon barrel 30777. It was bottled on 16th April 2015 and is named after a local farm in the valley of the Livet.  More info

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Inverblye - Single Cask Edition
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The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Batch PW1016

70cl, 62%

Another batch from Glenlivet's fantastic Nàdurra range. Coming from the Peated Whisky Cask Finish series with the Nàdurra range, this cask strength, non-chill-filtered single malt has enjoyed a…  More info

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish Batch PW1016
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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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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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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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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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