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GLENLIVET   27 years old 54,2 %          INFO     
SINGLE CASK SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date distilled December 1971
Date bottled September 1999
Society Cask No. code 2.32
Outturn 597 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Prunes and chocolate'.

THE GLENLIVET   12 years old 40%                     
Unhurried since 1824
George & J.G. Smith
The Glenlivet Distillery

GLENLIVET   15 years old 59,5 %
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY
                  
CASK STRENGHT
Natural High Strenght
Distilled 6/6/77
Bottled October 1992
Cask No. 11302 - 11303
Proprietors: Chivas Brothers Limited
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

THE GLENLIVET   21 years old 56%                          
VINTAGE 1973
Matured in sherry casks
Distilled 10.4.73
Butt no. 3946
Bottled 7.94
Genummerde flessen
380 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

THE GLENLIVET   . 9 years old 43 %                           
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Matured in sherry casks
Distilled 26.4.85
Bottled 3.95
Cask no. 5543
420  Genummerde flessen
Van Wees, Holland

THE GLENLIVET   15 years old 55.4%    INFO             
Date distilled Jun 78
Date Bottled Feb 94
Single Malt Scotch Whisky No. code L 2.14
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

THE GLENLIVET   15 years old 43 %             
One place - One Whisky
George Smith's Original 1824
Pure Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Selection
Export Strenght
George & J.G. Smith, The Glenlivet Distillery,
Banffshire

GLENLIVET   21 years old 40 %                   
George & J.G. Smith's Glenlivet Whisky
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLENLIVET    18 years old 60.2 %                    
GEORGE & J.G. SMITH'S GLENLIVET
CASK STRENGHT
Natural High Strenght
Distilled 13/10/78
Cask No. 16419 - 16423
Bottled November 1996
Proprietor: Chivas Brothers Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

THE GLENLIVET   geen leeftijd vermelding 43 %   INFO   
ARCHIVE
Unhurried since 1824
Distillers Special Edition
George & J.G. Smith, The Glenlivet Distillery

THE GLENLIVET   21 years old 43%  INFO          
ARCHIVE
One place - One whisky
Distillers Special Edition
Distillers Limited Edition
George Smith's Original 1824
Pure Single Malt
George & J.G. Smith,
The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire

GLENLIVET   23 years old 54,5 %
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY
               
1973
SCOTT'S SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1973
Bottled 1996
Undiluted
Robert Scott & Co, Rutherglen

THE GLENLIVET   12 years old 40%      INFO            
One place - One whisky
FRENCH OAK FINISH
Finished in Casks of French Limousin Oak
Limited Edition
George & J.G. Smith,
The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire

THE GLENLIVET   18 years old 43 %                  
Unhurried since 1824
George & J.G. Smith,
The Glenlivet Distillery

THE GLENLIVET   12 years old 40 %   INFO            
AMERICAN OAK FINISH
Finished in Casks of
American White Oak
Limited Selection
George & J.G. Smith,
The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire

THE GLENLIVET   33 years old 46%      INFO         
CELLAR COLLECTION
1967 - 2000
Sample code 2 G C 8003
Signed Jim Cryle
George & J.G. Smith,
The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire

GLENLIVET   29 years old 55,9%
1973               
CASK STRENGHT  
Natural High Strenght
Distilled 16/11/73
Bottled 7/6/02
Cask Nos. 8847, 8850
Refill American Hoghsheads
Proprietors: Chivas Brothers Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

THE GLENLIVET   31 years old 53,32 %          
THE GLENLIVET VINTAGES
THE GLENLIVET VINTAGE 1967
Cask Strenght
Distilled 1967
Bottled 1998
Sample code 2 L V F 006 Wm Lamb
20 cl Bottle In Cedar wood cabinet
George & J.G. Smith.
The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire

THE GLENLIVET   30 years old 52,75%                  
THE GLENLIVET VINTAGES
THE GLENLIVET VINTAGE 1968
Cask Strenght
Distilled 1968
Bottled 1998
Sample code 2 L V F 007 Wm Lamb
20 cl Bottle In Cedar wood cabinet
George & J.G. Smith.
The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire


THE GLENLIVET  29 years old 52,20%                 
THE GLENLIVET VINTAGES
THE GLENLIVET VINTAGE 1969
Cask Strenght
Distilled 1969
Bottled 1998
Sample code 2 L V F 008 Wm Lamb
20 cl Bottle In Ceder wood cabinet
George & J.G. Smith.
The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire

THE GLENLIVET   28 years old 56,42 %                 
THE GLENLIVET VINTAGES
THE GLENLIVET VINTAGE 1970
Distilled 1970
Bottled 1998
Sample code 2 L V F 014 Wm Lamb
20 cl Bottle in Ceder wood cabinet
George & J.G. Smith.
The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire

THE GLENLIVET   26 years old 54,29%                
THE GLENLIVET VINTAGES
THE GLENLIVET VINTAGE 1972
Distilled 1972
Bottled 1998
Sample code 2 L V F 010 Wm Lamb
20 cl Bottle In Ceder wood cabinet
George & J.G. Smith.
The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire

THE GLENLIVET   Aged for 16 years 48%     INFO    
NADURRA
Non - Chill Filtered
American Oak Bourbon Casks
George & J.G. Smith Ltd 1824
The Glenlivet Distillery,
Banffshire

GLENLIVET Aged  40 years  40 %       INFO
CASK  STRENGHT                                                                  
LONACH
Distilled 1970
Bottled 2010
The Lonach Whisky Company,
Huntly,  Aberdeenshire

THE  GLENLIVET   40 %                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

THE  MASTER  DISTILLER'S  RESERVEINFO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

SMOOTH  FLOWING  ONE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

THE SINGLE  MALT  THAT  STARTED  IT  ALL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 THE  GLENLIVET   Aged  38  years  48.6 %INFO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

SELECTED BY  AN  ICON                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ' FRISKY  WHISKY '  ICONS  OF  WHISKY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Lifetime Achievement Award 2000                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Speyside Highland Malt Single Malt Scotch Whisky                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Distilled Dec 1973                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Cask Ref. 1005                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Wood Sherry Oak                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Unchillfiltered and natural colour                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

The Glenlivet Distillery                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Produced & bottled in Scotland for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Dram House Associates, Keeper of Quality

GLENLIVET
1 9 9 7
Spesyide Single Malt
Aged  16 years  46 %                              
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled: 06/11/97
Cask type: Sherry Butt
Bottled: 30/07/14
778 Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Com.NL
Amersfoort

GLENLIVET
VINTAGE 1 9 8 1
33 years old 52.3 %                          
Spesyide Single Malt
RARE  RESERVE
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled: 05/08/81
Matured un a Sherry Hogshead
Cask no: 9467
Bottled: 19/09/14
162 Numbered Bottles
No Colouring
Nonchillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

THE  GLENLIVET estd. 1824 INFO
FOUNDERS  RESERVE  40 %          
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Matured and Bottled in Scotland
The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire

Highland Malt
Speyside
THE GLENLIVET (1824

Minmore, Banffshire. Licentiehouder: The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd. Onderdeel van Chivas Brothers Ltd. Het eigendom van Seagram.
George Smith nam in 1817 een illegale distilleerderij van zijn vader over te Upper Drumin.
Zijn whisky was toen al zo bekend, dat toen koning George IV een bezoek aan Schotland bracht hij om een Glenlivet vroeg.
De Duke of Gordon, grootgrondbezitter stelde in 1823 het 'House of Lords' voor de accijnzen te verminderen, teneinde het illegaal distilleren een halt toe te roepen, één van de eersten die legaal ging was George Smith.
Tesamen met zijn schoonzoon Captain William Grant van de nabij gelegen Auchorachan distilleerderij verdedigden zij de stelling dat alleen zij de titel Glenlivet mochten voeren.

Maar in 1850 stierf William Grant en zijn distilleerderij werd gesloten.
John Gordon Smith, zoon van George, begon een distilleerderij Delnabo in 1849, George nam Delnabo over en veranderde de naam in Cairgorn.
Wat later werden de twee distilleerderijen gesloten en een nieuwe distilleerderij werd ge-boud op Minmore farm, het was toen bekend dat de aan te leggen Speyside Railway hier langs zou gaan.
Dat was belangrijk voor aan- en afvoer van goederen.
Andrew Usher, waarvan wordt gezegd dat hij de uitvinder was van het blenden was hun heel succesvolle verkoopagent.
George Smith stierf in 1871.
In 1880 werd er een proces aangespannen door J.G. Smith dat alleen hij de naam The Glenlivet mocht gebruiken.
De uitslag was dat andere distilleerderijen Glenlivet wel als achtervoegsel bij hun eigen naam mochten gebruiken maar er was en bleef maar één The Glenlivet.
In 1901 werd John Gordon opgevolgd door zijn neef George Smith Grant, de zoon van Captain William Grant.
In 1921 ging The Glenlivet over in de handen van zijn zoon Captain W.H. Smith Grant.
In 1952 gingen George & J.G. Smith Ltd een samenwerking aan met J. & J. Grant van Glen Grant en in 1970 fuseerden zij met Hill Thomson & Co, Ltd en Longmorn - Glenlivet Dis-tilleries Ltd.
In 1978 werden The Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd, zoals de naam na de fusie was, overgenomen door Seagram.
The Glenlivet heeft acht met stoom verhitte ketels met een produktie van 5,5 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.

Het proceswater komt van de Josie's Well. Het koelwater van de rivier Livet. In 1997 werd een bezoekerscentrum geopend.
Op 18 December 2000 wordt Seagram voor 8.15 miljard dollar overgenomen door Diageo en Pernod Ricard. Diageo betaalt 5 miljard (= 61 %) en Pernod de rest.
Pernod Ricard krijgt de Schotse whiskymerken en de distilleerderijen in zijn bezit. De Mash tun is 11.55 ton. De acht Wash backs hebben elk een inhoud van 59000 liter
De vier Wash stills hebben elk een inhoud van 15000 liter, de Spirit stills 10500 liter en worden indirect met stoom verhit.
The Glenlivet kan 5,75 miljoen liter spirit produceren.

Since the time of Mary, Queen of Scots, Scotland and France have had a specially close relationship; their cultures closely intertwined, Yet it has taken all these years for the Scots to take this further step and prove that the dramatic flavour of Single Malt Scotch whisky can be significantly changed by a final 'polish' in new Limousin casks.
The result, a tasteful variation of The Glenlivet whisky, is a complex richness enhanced with a fragrant sweetness that develops into a spicy oakiness. It is we feel, absolutely wonderful.

April 2008

Er worden 6 nieuwe ketels bijgebouwd, en ook de bottellijnen worden vergroot
kosten 5000.000 pond

A "Lifetime Achievement Award" as An Icon of Whisky was given to Mr. "Frisky Whisky"for trading over fifty years. (Jim Milroy) pioneering single malts worldwide, delivering   in the
past to No. 10 Downing St, Taiwan and Tokyo. Happy Drams to all whisky lovers.

This print of the Glenlivet Distillery is an artist'impression painted by Mary Milroy, a
Scottish Artist.

At the heart of The Glenlivet style is its classic fruitiness, the result of the unique wide
lantern - shaped stills favoured by George Smith, for The Glenlivet Founders Reserve.

This fruitiness, is brilliantly complimented by selective use of American first fill casks
creating a malt of exceptional smoothness.

The very quality for which George Smith's The Glenlivet was widely admired and appreciated
In his day.

GLENLIVET     distilleerderijen met dit achtervoegsel

Aberlour - Glenlivet
Aultmore - Glenlivet
Balmenach - Glenlivet
Balvenie - Glenlivet
Benromach - Glenlivet
Coleburn - Glenlivet
Convalmore - Glenlivet
Cragganmore - Glenlivet
Craigellachie - Glenlivet
Dailuaine - Glenlivet
Dufftown - Glenlivet
Glenburgie - Glenlivet
Glendullan - Glenlivet
Glen  Elgin - Glenlivet
Glenfarclas - Glenlivet
Glen Grant - Glenlivet
Glen Keith - Glenlivet
Glenlossie - Glenlivet
Glen Moray - Glenlivet
Glenrothes - Glenlivet
Imperial - Glenlivet
Longmorn - Glenlivet
Macallan - Glenlivet
Miltonduff - Glenlivet
Speyburn - Glenlivet
Tamdhu - Glenlivet
Tamnavulin - Glenlivet

The Glenlivet, Tomintoul, Tamnavulin and Braeval are the only Livet distilleries in the Speyside

Output: 5,8 million litres of alcohol

Cask Storage: 11.300 casks
Water source: Caperdonich Well
Malt Source: Scottish Local
Malt Type: Optic
Malt Storage: 300 Tonnes
Mill Type: Porteus
Grist Storage: 36.84 Tonnes
Mash Tun Construction:
Stainless Steel                                  
Mash Size: 12.28 Tonnes
No of Wash Backs: 10
Wash Back Construction:
Oregon Pine                                 
Wash Back Capacity: 90.000 Litres
Yeast: Mauri
No. of Wash Stills: 4
Wash Still Charge:15.300 Litres
Heat Source:Steam
Wash Still Shape:German Helmet Style
No. of Spirit Stills:4
Spirit Still Charges:10.500 Litres
Spirit Still Shape: Onion

PERNOD  RICARD

Juni 2010

Chivas Brother announced that the Glenlivet distillery has given a 10.000.000 revamp.
It means an increase of 75 % in production capacity.

Christian Porta, Chairman Chivas Brothers and Chief Executive

Friday 4th June 2010

It has been announced that Their Royal Highnesses The Prinde of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall (or The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay as the are known in Scotland) will open a new expansion to The Glenlivet Distillery.

Completed earlier this year, the new facility will deliver a 75 % increase in production
capacity to satisfy future global demand for The Glenlivet singl;e malt Scotch whisky
.
Great care has been taken to ensure that we carry on tradition in the new distillery, keeping
the wash backs made of Oregon Pine and the six new stills are an exact replica of the old.


Owner: Chivas Brothers, Pernod Ricard
Water Source: Josie's Well, Blairfindy Springs
Malting Capacity:No malting on site
Malt Source: Maltster: Boort Malt
Malt Storage Capacity: 400 tonne approx
Mill Type: Porteous
Grist Storage: one bin which holds 13 tonnes
Mash Tun Construction: Stainless steel full lauter
Mash Size:12.6 tonnes
No. of Wash Backs: 16  
Wash Back Construction: Oregon Pine                                                                                 

Wash Back Capacity: 59.100 litres                                                                                              

Yeast: Liquid 3331/mash Mauri                                                                     

No. of Wash Stills: 7
Wash Still Charge:15000 litres
Heat Source: Steam coil and  steam heat exchangers
Wash Still Shape:Onion (protracted)
No. of Spirit Stills:7
Spirit Still Charge: 10000 litres
Heat Source: Steam heaters
Spirit Still Shape: Onion (protracted)
Current Annual Output: 10,5 million litres       
   
7 May 2013

The Glenlivet has launched The Glenlivet Alpha 50 %

Described as "Mystery Expression by Pernod Ricard, the whisky has no age statement
no cask information and no tasting notes.

The Apha release numbers 3500 Bottles

Nikki Burgess, Internationa Brand Director for The Glenlivet hopes to create a  
conversation about the new release by letting the consumers have their vieuws.

The "truth"of the 'Mystery' will be released a month after the launch of The Glenlivet Alpha

Guardians to select next Glenlivet

26 September, 2013
Pernod Ricard will turn to The Guardians of The Glenlivet to select the next limited edition release of its top-selling single malt brand, The Glenlivet.
The Glenlivet Guardians' Chapter will be chosen from three new single malt whiskies created by master distiller Alan Winchester.
They will be taken on a series of tasting events in countries such as Australia, USA, UK, India, South Africa and Japan.
The brand's 'Guardians' - a global community of fans of the brand - will sample the whiskies and finally select the expression to become The Glenlivet Guardians' Chapter.
The whiskies are: Classic, a "fruity whisky with soft sweet caramel and toffee notes", Exotic, which is "rich with warm spicy notes" and Revival, a "fruity Scotch with a creamy sweetness".
The whisky with the most votes will become a limited edition, with 2000 9-litre cases to be released globally from February 2014.
Nikki Burgess, brand director for The Glenlivet, said: "With The Glenlivet Guardians' Chapter, we wanted to recognise and reward the knowledge, passion and experience of our Guardians and invite them to write the next chapter in The Glenlivet's history.
"We're excited to see which whisky our Guardians choose and hope it brings members - new and old - closer together.

Chivas expands Glenlivet Nàdurra

25 April, 2014

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin division of Pernod Ricard, has announced it is expanding The Glenlivet Nàdurra brand.
The range will feature different cask experiences as it aims to build on its development in the single malt whisky market.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso is the first new permanent expression in the range, and is described as the first major The Glenlivet bottling in living memory to be matured solely in ex-sherry casks.
The first-fill, ex-Oloroso sherry casks from Jerez in Spain are said to impart rich, distinctive dried fruits aromas, warm spices, and notes of cinnamon and liquorice. The spirit combined with the cask influence, produces a sweetness of dark chocolate and a finish which is long and sweet with a slightly dry, spicy effect from the European oak maturation.
Chivas global brand director Nikki Burgess, said: "The Glenlivet Nàdurra is the purest expression of The Glenlivet that captures the original passion and production methods of George Smith's distillery. We know that whisky connoisseurs appreciate these qualities at the heart of the range, and by expanding the Nàdurra range we aim to consolidate our strong and innovative offering in the craft single malt arena."
Chivas says each expression in the Nàdurra range is crafted in small batches using traditional production methods and is matured in a different cask-type. The range is bottled without chill-filtration, which is said to offer the additional complexity, body, and texture of a whisky that has just been drawn from the cask.
Fresh packaging is said to highlight the handcrafted nature of Nàdurra through batch number and cask-type stamps, an artisanal typeface, an emphasis on the Gaelic translation of Nàdurra, and a handmade finish.
"The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso presents a rare opportunity to taste The Glenlivet aged exclusively in ex-Oloroso casks, which we anticipate to be extremely popular with whisky fans and an enticing purchase for travellers in travel retail when it launches," said Burgess.
"As we continue to release additional twists on the original The Glenlivet Nàdurra, we look forward to showcasing different cask experiences to an increasing number of discerning drinkers."
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso will be introduced to travel retail Europe in May via"immersive experiences to help travellers gain an understanding of the new whisky's taste profile", says the company.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso will be unveiled first at Heinemann Frankfurt airport before launching in London Heathrow Terminal 5 as part of the World Duty Free Whisky Festival 2014.
In Frankfurt B-East and Heathrow T5, travellers will also be invited to enjoy a dram of the new expression while playing a game of pool thanks to the installation of a miniature pool table in the dedicated brand space.

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail unveils The Glenlivet Winchester Collection
07 October, 2014

Pernod Ricard Travel Retail has introduced the first collection of rare 50 Year Old single malt scotch whiskies from The Glenlivet Winchester Collection.
Vintage 1964 is the first release from the collection. Eleven of the 100 bottle available worldwide will be sold in Travel Retail across Europe, Asia and Pacific from mid-October.
Nikki Burgess, global brand director for The Glenlivet, said: "The allocation of these bottles of hand-crafted Vintage 1964 to Pernod Ricard Travel Retail is a statement that reflects the growing appetite of high net worth passengers for extraordinary unique expressions.
"Travel Retail is an increasingly critical channel for luxury products and offers huge potential for growth as customers search for the latest premium products in airport," Burgess said.
Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Europe's allocation will be unveiled at World Duty Free stores in Heathrow Terminal 2 and 5 on 24 October.
Nigel Sandals, Liquor Category buying manager UK at World Duty Free Group, added: "It is incredibly exciting to be launching two bottles of this luxury expression in the World Duty Free Stores at Heathrow Terminal 2 and Terminal 5, and we are delighted to be partnering with The Glenlivet for this rare release. This partnership highlights the enduring benchmark of quality that is set by both The Glenlivet and World Duty Free Group."
Eight bottles will be available from Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Asia, including Singapore's Changi Airport.  One bottle has been allocated to Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Pacific to feature on the connoisseur's wall at Sydney Airport.

comes from the Gaelic liobh all = smooth flowing one in reference to the river.


After a recent expansion and refurb it is one of the most modern distilleries in Speyside with a vast Brigg’s mash tun which sends clear wort to wooden washbacks. Distillation, which is slow, takes place in two stillhouses, in seven sets of stills.

George Smith’s greatest achievement wasn’t simply the taking out of a licence, but his decision to make a new style of whisky. By the 1860s, The Glenlivet was noted for producing a spirit with a ‘pineapple’ note, evidence that the floral, estery character seen today has a long history – and one which broke with the heavy, dense, rich styles prevalent at that time.

Although The Glenlivet is widely believed to be the oldest operational distillery in Scotland, it isn’t. That honour goes to Strathisla, while Glen Garioch could be even older. The Glenlivet was however one of the first to take out one of the new licences issued after the passing of the 1823 Excise Act which is accepted as being the starting point of the modern Scotch whisky industry.

George Smith was the man who did it. A farmer (which in those days in this region pretty much meant an illicit distiller), he had the ‘tack’ [rent] of the Upper Drumin farm in the southern part of Glen Livet. As it was his landlord, the Duke of Gordon, who had helped to push the Act through, there was little chance that Smith wouldn’t get a knock on the door from the Duke’s factors ‘persuading’ him to mend his ways.

Not that this was without danger. Whisky smuggling had been underway for almost 40 years by that time and the gangs were both well-established and relatively wealthy. Plenty of the new distilleries were razed to the ground. George Smith famously travelled with a pair of pistols in case he was attacked by his former colleagues.

His venture was a success and his Glenlivet whisky – conceivably made in a lighter style even at this stage – became popular. As the money came in, he took the tacks of Minmore and Nevie and with demand rising, built a second distillery at nearby Delnabo in 1850. His Edinburgh agent, Andrew Usher, then released ‘OVG’ [Old Vatted Glenlivet] initially as vatted malt and then the first recognised blend. Smith’s Glenlivet was at the core of both.

Although the Drumin distillery burned down in 1858, and Delnabo (always suffering from water issues) closed the year after, Smith had started work on a new, larger plant at Minmore which opened in 1859 and still operates today.

‘Glenlivet’ had been used as a shorthand for what we now know as Speyside whiskies since the smuggling era. By the 1860s, the title was being appended to distilleries’ names as far north as Elgin, much to the irritation of the Smith family who had by then trademarked Glenlivet.

In 1881, George’s grandson, George Smith Grant, by then running the family firm, sued the companies who had added Glenlivet to their name. It took a further three years for a compromise resolution to be signed. This allowed the Smith’s distillery to call itself The Glenlivet, while the others could hyphenate their name with ‘-Glenlivet’. Over the years, 26 distilleries have styled themselves in this way although the practice now appears to have died out.

The Glenlivet was always available as single malt, but it wasn’t until after the Second World War that it began its rise. By then the firm was being run by Bill Smith Grant who saw the American market as offering new opportunities for the whisky, making it arguably the first single malt brand of the modern era. That said, even in the 1970s, 95% of its production was for fillings.

In 1952 it merged with Glen Grant, then that firm joined forces with blender Hill, Thompson & Co (owner of Queen Anne and Something Special) and the Longmorn/Benriach distilleries. In 1978, three years after Bill Smith Grant’s death, Seagram (owner of Chivas) paid £46 million for a controlling stake. Soon after, The Glenlivet became the largest selling single malt in America, a position it still holds today.

The mighty Seagram empire was divided up in 2001, with Pernod Ricard and Diageo dividing the spoils between them, with the former taking the Scotch division, renaming it Chivas Brothers. It was its new owner who, a decade later, unveiled a £10m investment which increased the distillery’s capacity by 75%. The aim is now to make The Glenlivet the world’s top selling single malt. Sales now top a million cases a year. When Bill Smith Grant started in the 1950s, it was less than 700 cases.

The distillery runs its own community, The Glenlivet Guardians. Membership includes access to a club room in the distillery and chances to assist in special bottlings

1774
Andrew Smith begins distilling at Upper Drummin distillery
1817
George Smith inherits the business from his father
1840
George buys Delnabo farm
1845
George leases the Minmore and Nevie farms
1850
George builds a second distillery at nearby Delnabo
1858
The Drummin distillery burns down; George Smith buys Minmore farm
1859
Delnabo distillery closes; a new, larger distillery at Minmore opens called Glenlivet
1871
George Smith dies and his son and grandson, John Gordon Smith and George Smith Grant, assume control
1881
George Smith Grant sues other firms using the name 'Glenlivet'
1884
George Smith Grant is given sole rights to use the name 'The Glenlivet'
1890
A fire forces some of the buildings to be replaced
1896
Two more stills are added
1953
The Glenlivet merges with Glen Grant
1966
The Glenlivet's floor maltings closes
1970
The company merges with Longmorn-Glenlivet Distilleries and Hill Thomson &Co to form The Glenlivet Distilleries
1978
The company is acquired by Seagram for £46m
2001
Pernod Ricard acquires Seagram's Scotch division, Chivas Brothers
2005
The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Year Old is released in duty free
2007
The Glenlivet XXV is released
2009
Chivas Brothers invests £10m in increasing The Glenlivet's capacity by 75% to 10.5m litres per year
2013
The Glenlivet Alpha is launched
2014
The Nadurra range is extended with the launch of Nadurra First Fill Selection and Nadurra Oloroso
2015
No-age-statement whisky The Glenlivet Founders' Reserve is released

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
10.5
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
54hrs
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
13
HEAT SOURCE i
3 by steam heat exchanger, others by steam elements
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Less than 1ppm phenols
MALT SUPPLIER i
Boortmalt
MASH TUN MATERIAL i
Steel
MASH TUN SIZE i
9.5m diameter
MASH TUN TYPE i
Briggs
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
68-70%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
9,500
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Traditional Speyside with lamp glass
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
9,500
STILLS i
14 (7 wash, 7 spirit)
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
15,000
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Traditional Speyside with lamp glass
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
15,000
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
59,100
WASHBACK TYPE i
Wood
WASHBACKS i
16
WATER SOURCE i
Josie's Well
WORT CLARITY i
8-20 EBC
YEAST TYPE i
Mauri liquide
OWNERS

Pernod Ricard
2001 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Chivas Brothers Holdings
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Seagram Distillers
1977 - 2001
The Glenlivet Distilleries Limited
1970 - 1977
The Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries
1952 - 1970
G & JG Smith
1871 - 1952
George Smith
1817 - 1871
Andrew Smith
1774 - 1817

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GLENLIVET 1943 RELEASED BY GORDON & MACPHAIL
02 October 2017 by
Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail has released The Glenlivet 1943, claimed as one of the oldest and most exclusive single malt whiskies in the world, and priced at £30,000 a bottle.

The Glenlivet 1943
War baby: The spirit ran off the stills at a significant moment in the Second World War
The latest release from the Elgin-based company’s Private Collection range, Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 is limited to only 40 decanters worldwide, bottled at a cask strength of 49.1% abv after spending 70 years in a first-fill Sherry hogshead cask.

The spirit was distilled on 14 January 1943 and filled into Cask 121 – now the last remaining 1943 vintage from Gordon & MacPhail’s considerable stock inventory.

Its distillation coincided with a significant date in the Second World War: the Casablanca Conference attended by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin D Roosevelt, General Charles de Gaulle and General Dwight D Eisenhower.

By this time, the war had taken a significant toll on Scotch whisky production, with prices and duty rising fast and rationing restricting the availability of raw ingredients.

According to Gordon & MacPhail, many distilleries closed after October 1942, with The Glenlivet stopping production the following spring.

By the late 1940s and early 1950s, mature whisky was in high demand, meaning that casks from this period were in increasingly short supply.

Cask 121 was selected for filling at The Glenlivet distillery in 1943 by John and George Urquhart, representing the first and second generations of the family that owns Gordon & MacPhail.

The decision to bottle the whisky was taken by Stephen Rankin, a director of the company and John Urquhart’s great-grandson.

He said: ‘This beautiful whisky has been nurtured and cared for by four generations of our family and it gives us enormous pleasure to release this unique and incredibly rare single malt.

‘We believe Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail is a malt without comparison from a defining date in the history of a world in conflict.’

The whisky comes in a hand-blown decanter featuring gold engravings of the contours of the land surrounding The Glenlivet distillery, enclosed in a hand-crafted wooden box with a closure depicting the River Spey.

Each numbered decanter comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Stephen Rankin and a commemorative book by whisky writer Jonny McCormick.

A small number of decanters will be available from Gordon & MacPhail’s shop in South Street, Elgin. Purchasers will also have the opportunity to enjoy an ‘exclusive tasting experience’.


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