The Glenlivet Whisky
The Glenlivet Distillery was the first distillery in Scotland to obtain a license in 1824 after the Excise Act of 1823 relaxed many restrictions on illicit distillation across the country. George Smith, the man who revolutionized the Scottish whisky industry with his new techniques of distillation is the founding father of The Glenlivet.
Not even the King could resist Smith’s illicit whisky when he attended Scotland in 1822. In fact, Smith’s ‘Glenlivet’ whisky, as it was called back in the day, was so famous that a dozen other distilleries from the region began using the name to sell their spirit. Fortunately, after a hard fought legal battle, Glenlivet became ‘The’ Glenlivet and changed the course of single malt Scotch whisky forever.
Today, the distillery is considered one of Scotland’s finest institutions, where the world’s bestselling single malt Scotch whiskies are distilled, matured and bottled. The core range from The Glenlivet, under the watchful eye and skilled senses of Master Distiller Alan Winchester have enthralled whisky lovers for decades.
The Glenlivet has successfully treaded the fine line between maintaining the legacy that George Smith left behind, or revolutionizing the industry as Smith once did with innovation and the thirst for knowledge. The entire core range at The Glenlivet is a fine example of brilliance, with one expression better than the other and all of them congregating to create something magical. The range begins from the recently introduced no-age-statement single malt, The Glenlivet Founders’ Reserve, and concludes with the super-premium, luxury single malt, The Glenlivet XXV, a 25 year old Scotch whisky.
The Glenlivet Founders’ Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The entry level bottling from The Glenlivet’s core range, Founders’ Reserve was released in 2014. The expression was created by Master Distiller Alan Winchester in honour of founder George Smith, recreating the methods used by him when he first developed his single malt whisky. The Glenlivet Founders’ Reserve replaced the 12 Year Old as the entry level expression, and was met with much praise upon its release.
This is a no-age-statement single malt, representing the freedom George Smith undertook by combining single malts of different age-statements for his whisky back in the day. The Master Distiller has matured this single malt in traditional Oak barrels, and first-fill American Oak barrels for the texture and smoothness they administer to the spirit. There is lots of citrus, sweet orange and freshly cut grass on the nose. On the palate, it brings flavours of ripe pears and orange zest mingled with toffee orchard fruits, and the finish is unmistakably smooth, long and creamy. Excellent stuff from The Glenlivet Distillery once again.
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
An excellent 12 Year Old single malt Scotch, and truly one of the most popular and widely sold expressions throughout the world. The Glenlivet 12 Year Old was reintroduced to the markets in 2018, after being taken out of production in 2018 and being replaced with The Glenlivet Founders’ Reserve. As part of the bold new transformation for the core range of The Glenlivet single malts, the 12 Year Old was also redesigned. Shedding the iconic green bottle, and replacing it with a clear bottle and newly designed labels for a stylish new look.
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old is the first brush with a Speyside single malt for many whisky lovers, and it has a delicate balance of flavours and aromas that make it irresistible. This expression is a classic, and since its reintroduction, it has developed an aura that is even more appealing. Very fruity and refreshing nose, the influence of the American and European Oak is noticeable. Flavours of fresh fruity, especially pineapple and hints of vanilla, coupled with the mouth-watering creamy smoothness of The Glenlivet make it a complete symphony orchestra of the greatest hits!
The Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
If you considered the single malt segment to be overcrowded with 12 Year Old expressions, the 15 Year Old is by no means any less competitive an arena. It is here that The Glenlivet 15 Year Old stands out like a champion. Had it not been for Master Distiller Alan Winchester’s ingenuity and expertise, the world would have missed out on a remarkable single malt Scotch.
The Glenlivet 15 Year Old has been named the French Oak Reserve due to a selective maturation process it undergoes in French Limousin Oak barrels. These barrels are prepared from wood found in a specific region of France, the Dordogne region. They are traditionally used to mature Cognacs, and have a very low density which allows the spirit to draw out a considerable influence from the Oak. A lusciously rich and buttery nose greets the drinker, followed by an impressive balance of fruity and nutty flavours with the gentlest whisper of spice. Marvellous lingering finish with sweet almonds and spice complete an exhilarating experience.
The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Glenlivet Nadurra is an exciting new series of small-batch single malt Scotch whiskies released by the distillery to celebrate and recreate traditional 19th century distillation methods and techniques. The word ‘Nadurra’ means Natural in Gaelic, and the whiskies are as close to their raw nature as possible. The Nadurra Oloroso expression is matured in first-fill Oloroso Sherry barrels for an unspecified amount of time.
It contains no added colours, is non-chill filtered, and bottled at cask-strength which is higher than most regular single malt Scotch whiskies. For the uninitiated, The Glenlivet Nadurra series could represent a fantastic new avenue to explore, but for veterans, this is the whisky that reminds them of the good old days. There’s lots of Sherry, both sweetness and richness, and the quintessential Glenlivet fruitiness is accompanied by some interesting spices and nutty vanilla. Very delicious, and the cask-strength just simply gives it such strong character.
The Glenlivet Nadurra First-Fill Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Another expression from The Glenlivet’s fantastic Nadurra range of single malt Scotch whiskies, the Nadurra First-Fill has been matured in First-Fill American Oak barrels as the name suggests. Unlike the Nadurra Oloroso, this Scotch has a personality like it has appeared from another dimension altogether.
The Glenlivet Nadurra First-Fill is a non-chill filtered single malt Scotch bottled at cask strength, and with no added colouring to change its appearance. The American White Oak, never before used to age any spirit helps condition and develop this whisky into an otherworldly dram. What you get is a combination of the best that The Glenlivet’s single malt has to offer, mingled perfectly with the influence of White American Oak. All the flavours you think when you think The Glenlivet such as ripe pears, bananas, and tropical pineapples embraced by vanilla cream, fruitcake and freshly cut herbs. What an achievement from the guys at The Glenlivet Distillery!
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Phenomenal is one of the few words that come to mind when speaking of The Glenlivet 18 Year Old. This is not just another excellent single malt from the classic Speyside distillery, but is in fact their most awarded and critically acclaimed release. The Glenlivet is one of the largest selling single malt Scotch whiskies of the world, and for the 18 Year Old to stand out in such illustrious company is quite a statement.
So what makes The Glenlivet 18 Year Old the single malt Scotch that deserves such high praise? For starters, a combination of barrels were used to mature and finish this incredible drink such as First and Second-Fill American Oak and Sherry butts. Master Distiller Alan Winchester put together a rich, complex single malt with all the smoothness that 18 years of maturation can deliver. Rich fruit and toffee on the nose, explosive flavours of ripe orchard fruits and soft winter spice round off with a long, spicy finish together create a harmony of aromas and flavours that simply belong together. Classic dram this one! Do not share it with anyone.
The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
This is a super-premium single malt Scotch that the people at The Glenlivet Distillery put every bit of their experience, skill and resources into. The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old is a serial Gold Winner, nabbing three consecutive Golds in 2005, 2006 and 2007 among many other awards. When you think of ‘the good stuff’ that you only bring out once a year for special company, The Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old is the bottle you must think about.
Matured in a series of handpicked fine Oak barrels, both American and ex-Sherry. For over 21 years, this single malt undergoes an arduous aging process, slowly drawing the influence from these rare and unique barrels. The result is a deep amber coloured spirit, resembling dark rose gold that gives off hints of intense and rich dried fruit and Sherry goodness. Christmas spice, candied ginger coated in sweet honey and fruit syrup make way for the most tantalizingly warm finish. When you take a sip of this beauty, your eyes will slowly shut almost impulsively to savour its irresistible goodness.
The Glenlivet XXV Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
One look at a bottle of The Glenlivet XXV is enough to make any whisky lover go weak in the knees. You could even expect some to begin salivating at the mere sight of its rich, deep hues of smouldering amber. The Glenlivet XXV’s beautiful colour has been drawn entirely from maturation in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry barrels. This is a non-chill-filtered single malt, and it is slightly more exquisite than our wildest dreams.
Most distilleries finish their whiskies in Sherry, or other types of barrels for months, but The Glenlivet allows the spirit for the XXV to spend nearly two years in ex-Sherry barrels. The result is a multiple Gold medal winning single malt, with a deep and resounding Sherry influence conflated brilliantly
with The Glenlivet’s mouth-watering flavours. Cinnamon spice infused decadent dark chocolate, chewy raisins and dried figs, creamy toffee and glazed apple tart. What an excellent application of all the best qualities and skills that the people at The Glenlivet Distillery have mastered. We truly believe they were just showing off with this one, and we don’t blame them because if we could, we would too.
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The Glenlivet XXV
A super-premium entry in Glenlivet's range, this has been finished for a couple of years in Oloroso casks - so an extra depth of flavour and silky sweetness is the order of the day. "The Oloroso Sherry influence meshes beautifully with The Glenlivet’s signature sweet, floral, honey and malt notes, giving a nutty spiciness and quite intensely fruity palate, with raisins to the fore.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection
Nàdurra, meaning “natural” in Gaelic, is The Glenlivet’s range of small-batch expressions made using traditional 19th-century techniques. The Nàdurra First Fill is drawn from casks made of American white oak which have never before been used to mature Scotch whisky. These oak casks, which distillers at The Glenlivet have favored since the early 1900s, impart hints of creamy vanilla to this wonderfully rich single malt. You’ll really taste the effects of that white oak, beautifully complemented by sweet pear, tropical pineapple, ripe banana, and citric sparkle. This is a cask-strength single malt that represents the skill of our team and the tradition of The Glenlivet. And unlike most modern whiskies, this one is non-chill filtered, so it’s very richly textured. It’s an expression that will appeal to the intrepid whisky lover.
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky
The beginning of The Glenlivet Whisky can be traced back to 1822 when the foundations of the brand were laid by George Smith. Tucked among the valleys of the Speyside, George Smith employed patience and skill into developing what is known as the ‘single malt that started it all. The distinct taste that makes The Glenlivet one of the best whiskies to have ever been created, has remain unchanged over the years and is the product of their unique lantern shaped, long necked stills. These stills help achieve a single malt that is lighter, and smoother as compared to its contemporaries. The Glenlivet 12 is one of the most closely resembling whiskies developed by founder George Smith when he was perfecting the art of producing single malt scotch whisky at his distillery in the Speyside. Its color is a bright, vibrant gold and it is enclosed within a finely crafted bottle engraved with a seal that displays The Glenlivet brand’s year of origin.
The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old
The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old is a single malt Scotch whisky, part of the core range from one of the most iconic, and historically paramount Speyside distilleries in Scotland. One of the first ever Speyside Distilleries to obtain a license, The Glenlivet Whisky is a brand credited as the ‘single malt that started it all’. It is one of the world’s highest selling single malt whiskies, and the 18-Year-Old, among other expressions from the brand, have historically been great performers at whisky tasting competitions worldwide.
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve is a no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky. The expression was released in 2014 and named in honour of The Glenlivet’s founder, George Smith. Master Distiller Alan Winchester is credited with creating this brilliant Speyside single malt, and he claims to have based the distillation of this whisky based on George Smith’s original methods of whisky making
The Glenlivet 15 Year Malt Scotch
Water, yeast and barley are the prime ingredients in the making of The Glenlivet Whisky, much like many Scotch whiskies. It is the history associated with the brand, and the commitment with which The Glenlivet is created, is what really sets it apart from others. With the expert techniques of the brand, a precise 200-year-old process of making whisky and maturation in French Limousin Oak, The Glenlivet 15-year-old has its own unique taste.
The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Malt
The Glenlivet legacy lives on in this incredibly sweet and smooth spirit, available exclusively in Travel Retail. The cornerstone of the range, the Master Distiller’s Reserve showcases the approach perfectly: the traditional oak casks represent the classic style of The Glenlivet (ripe pear, gentle summery notes), while first-fill American oak provides depth and creaminess (coconut, soft fudge). Finally, ex-sherry oak brings complexity and richness (dried fruit, spice). Maturation in three types of oak makes for three times the character. This bright and lively gold expression has pear and fudge on the nose and fruit and spice on the palate. To finish, it dazzles with hints of marzipan and hazelnut. Founded by George Smith, The Glenlivet has been crafted in the remote Livet Valley, at the heart of Scotland's Speyside region, since 1824. Initially, George Smith was a farmer who used to have illicit stills. In 1824, he founded the first legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet, thus legalising the already famous illicit whisky from Scotland. He went on to establish the brand’s reputation as the best whisky on the market. In 1884, a court ruling officially gave George Smith's single malt the exclusive right to be called The Glenlivet. At the start of the 20th century, The Glenlivet became the favourite whisky for enthusiasts throughout the British Empire. Following the end of Prohibition in the United States, its reputation grew in America, with The Glenlivet quickly becoming the No.1 single malt in the USA – a position it continues to enjoy today. The Glenlivet owes its unique taste to a number of specific factors relating to its production and location. Indeed, the distillery is located in the Cairngorms National Park, at over 270 metres above sea level. According to weather records, it is considered to be the coldest place in Britain, characterised by strong winds and heavy snowfalls in winter. Water is drawn from Josie’s Well, a source of hard mineral water, which enables complex aromas to develop during the distillation process. Then, the lantern-shaped stills used for distilling give the spirit its outstanding balance and strong character. Lastly, a careful ageing process, particularly in American oak casks, gives The Glenlivet its full flavour.
The Glenlivet 21-Year-Old
The Glenlivet 21-Year-Old is a single malt whisky from the historic eponymous Speyside distillery, and is one of the oldest expressions from The Glenlivet Whisky brand. An excellent age, and a very well balanced and elegant expression from the brand, the 21-Year-Old is a highly-rated single malt Scotch while The Glenlivet brand itself is one of the most successful and bestselling single malt Scotches worldwide.
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