The Glenlivet distillery, a Speyside distillery has many claims to fame, it is one of the older distilleries in Scotland, being founded back in 1824. It claims to be the oldest producer of single malts, describing its whisky as “the single malt that started it all.” It is also one of the few distilleries that has been operational ever since it was founded, safe for a few years in world war two, it even survived the great depression and the probation years, a testament to the quality of its whisky. Glenlivet is the most popular whisky in the United States and second most popular single malt in the world, and there is a reason for it!
Founded by George Smith, the Glenlivet was the first legal distillery in the Speyside region. The fact that it was legal made Smith unpopular at the time, as illicit distillers feared the competition, legend has it that Smith slept with a revolver for the first few years. When he died in 1871 the distillery was inherited by his son and continued operating through world war one and the depression. It was then closed down during world war two by government decree. After the war, Britain was seriously short of cash, and what better way to earn a little money than to sell whisky? Restrictions on distillation were lifted and Glenlivet quickly recuperated. In 1977 it was purchased by Seagram which was then acquired by Pernod Ricard in the year 2000 which is its current owner.
Currently, the distillery has four wash stills, each of which can produce around 15,000 litres, as well as four spirit stills each with the capacity to produce 10,000 litres. In total around 5,9 million litres are produced every year, most of which is used for the Glenlivet single malt, although some of it is used for products such as Chival Regal. Lets take a closer look at its whisky.
Glenlivet 12 Year Old
Glenlivet is among the more famous single malts in the world, it sells like hot cakes in the U.S. being the best selling whisky in the country. Smooth is a word often associated with this whisky. Reminding one of sweet summer fruits and perhaps somewhat floral as well with a long satisfying finish. We would say it makes a perfect entry into the world of single malts.
Glenlivet 15 Year Old
More mature and smoother than the 12 year old, the 15 year old is finished in Limousin French Oak, if you find anything lacking in the 12 year old, chances are the 15 year old fixes this for you!
Glenlivet 18 Year Old
The Glenlivet 18 year old won two golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition which does not surprise us. Big and well rounded with notes of honey and walnut and a long dry finish, this is pure delight!