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'.
12 years old
40% Unhurried since 1824 George & J.G. Smith The Glenlivet Distillery
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
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
15 years old
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
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
21 years old
40 % George & J.G. Smith's Glenlivet Whisky Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
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
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INFO ARCHIVE Unhurried since 1824 Distillers Special Edition George & J.G. Smith, The Glenlivet Distillery
21 years old
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
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
12 years old
LAST BOTTLE AND EMPTY One place - One whisky FRENCH OAK FINISH Finished in Casks of French Limousin Oak Limited Edition George & J.G. Smith, The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire
18 years old
43 % Unhurried since 1824 George & J.G. Smith, The Glenlivet Distillery
12 years old
INFO AMERICAN OAK FINISH Finished in Casks of American White Oak Limited Selection George & J.G. Smith, The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire
33 years old
INFO CELLAR COLLECTION 1967 - 2000 Sample code 2 G C 8003 Signed Jim Cryle George & J.G. Smith, The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire
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
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
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
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
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
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
Aged for 16 years
INFO NADURRA Non - Chill Filtered American Oak Bourbon Casks George & J.G. Smith Ltd 1824 The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire
Aged 40 years
INFO CASK STRENGHT LONACH Distilled 1970 Bottled 2010 The Lonach Whisky Company, Huntly, Aberdeenshire
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ONETHE SINGLE MALT
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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
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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
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40 % Single Malt Scotch Whisky Matured and Bottled in Scotland The Glenlivet Distillery, Banffshire
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Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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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.
Er worden 6 nieuwe ketels bijgebouwd, en ook de bottellijnen worden vergrootkosten 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, aScottish Artist.
At the heart of The Glenlivet style is its classic fruitiness, the result of the unique widelantern - shaped stills favoured by George Smith, for The Glenlivet Founders Reserve.
This fruitiness, is brilliantly complimented by selective use of American first fill caskscreating a malt of exceptional smoothness.
The very quality for which George Smith's The Glenlivet was widely admired and appreciatedIn his day.
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
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 TheDuchess 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 productioncapacity 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, keepingthe 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
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The Glenlivet has launched The Glenlivet Alpha 50 %
Described as "Mystery Expression by Pernod Ricard, the whisky has no age statementno 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 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
Andrew Smith begins distilling at Upper Drummin distillery
George Smith inherits the business from his father
George buys Delnabo farm
George leases the Minmore and Nevie farms
George builds a second distillery at nearby Delnabo
The Drummin distillery burns down; George Smith buys Minmore farm
Delnabo distillery closes; a new, larger distillery at Minmore opens called Glenlivet
George Smith dies and his son and grandson, John Gordon Smith and George Smith Grant, assume control
George Smith Grant sues other firms using the name 'Glenlivet'
George Smith Grant is given sole rights to use the name 'The Glenlivet'
A fire forces some of the buildings to be replaced
Two more stills are added
The Glenlivet merges with Glen Grant
The Glenlivet's floor maltings closes
The company merges with Longmorn-Glenlivet Distilleries and Hill Thomson &Co to form The Glenlivet Distilleries
The Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Year Old is released in duty free
The Glenlivet XXV is released
Chivas Brothers invests £10m in increasing The Glenlivet's capacity by 75% to 10.5m litres per year
The Glenlivet Alpha is launched
The Nadurra range is extended with the launch of Nadurra First Fill Selection and Nadurra Oloroso
No-age-statement whisky The Glenlivet Founders' Reserve is released
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Traditional Speyside with lamp glass
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Traditional Speyside with lamp glass
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Chivas Brothers Holdings
1977 - 2001
The Glenlivet Distilleries Limited
1970 - 1977
The Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries
1952 - 1970
G & JG Smith
1871 - 1952
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1774 - 1817
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’.
THE GLENLIVET 12 WILL RETURN IN THREE YEARS
The Glenlivet expects to reintroduce its 12-year-old expression in the next three years, following the global success of Founder’s Reserve.
The Glenlivet 12 reintroduced
Long wait: Fans of The Glenlivet 12 will need to wait another three years for its return
The single malt Scotch whisky brand, owned by Chivas Brothers, withdrew its 12-year-old expression in many countries in 2015, replacing it with the no-age-statement Founder’s Reserve to relieve pressure on its aged stocks of whisky.
However the entry-level Founder’s Reserve has proven a success for the group, selling around 280,000 cases a year.
Laurent Lacassagne, CEO of Chivas Brothers said if it were a brand on its own, it would be one of the top five best-selling in the world.
He said that Chivas Brothers had always intended to reintroduce The Glenlivet 12-year-old once stocks recovered.
‘We hit this ceiling a few years ago where we had no option at all – we had to review the portfolio. As a way we came up with this very successful brand of Founder’s Reserve which is more of an entry point whisky.
‘We initially kept 12 in some key markets, but the success of Founder’s – we are looking at around 300,000 cases, which is big – has given us the key to continue our growth and keep the momentum on the brand.
‘And finally it’s also taking a little bit of pressure off the aged range, especially the 12-year-old.’
Pressure reliever: The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve was introduced in 2015 as a no-age-statement malt
Lacassagne added that as availability of the 12-year-old grows, it will be reintroduced to The Glenlivet range, alongside Founder’s Reserve, in select markets.
‘We believe that in the next three years we will reintroduce 12 in a range,’ he said.
The Glenlivet is already the world’s biggest-selling single malt whisky (tied with William Grant & Sons’ Glenfiddich), selling over one million cases per year.
However, expansion works at The Glenlivet distillery in Speyside are already well underway, with the final phase due to complete in June 2018.
The development is expected to double production capacity at the distillery from 10.5 million lpa (litres per annum) to 21m lpa.
Chivas Brothers has also revealed its gin brands – Beefeater, Plymouth and Seagrams – will be divested into a separate portfolio called the Gin Hub, to allow a greater focus on the company’s Scotch brands.
Lacassagne said: ‘Scotch is the main reason for doing the Gin Hub, to have the focus, the push on this segment, so we have an organisation that’s focused only on whisky.’
13 February 2018
The Glenlivet 12 year old
Welcome return: British fans of The Glenlivet 12 Year Old have waited years for the malt’s comeback
The single malt expression was removed from shelves in 2015, and replaced by the no-age-statement Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve as the distillery sought to manage its dwindling stocks of maturing whisky.
In September last year, Laurent Lacassagne, CEO of Chivas Brothers which owns The Glenlivet as well as the Aberlour and Ballantine’s whiskies, said the 12-year-old would be reintroduced within the next three years as stocks gradually recover.
Now the distiller has confirmed the UK will see a limited number of bottles available from July, although not every market will see it reintroduced so soon.
‘We’ll see it in the UK in small quantities,’ said Glen Brasington, marketing director, strategy, business development and services at Chivas Brothers. ‘It was roughly two years ago we expanded The Glenlivet distillery so now we are able to start supplying strategic markets.
‘We’ll transition the introduction back in because we still have a very important business with Founder’s Reserve, but people do want the 12-year-old.’
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, introduced in 2015, has been one of the biggest growth drivers for the single malt brand, accounting for just under a quarter of all Glenlivet sales.
The expansion of the Speyside distillery, which doubled capacity from 10.5 million lpa (litres per annum) to 21m lpa, will be completed this summer.
The news comes as Chivas Brothers revealed a 1.6% increase in sales during the first half of its 2017/18 financial year, driven by strong sales of Chivas Regal and Ballantine’s in China.
'MYSTERY’ GLENLIVET CODE LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE
23 March 2018
The Glenlivet distillery has released a new single malt whisky without cask information or tasting notes attached, challenging Scotch drinkers to uncover the information themselves.
Glenlivet Code black bottle
Enigmatic bottling: The code on the back label can be scanned to unlock an interactive experience
Inspired by British code breakers such as Alan Turing, Glenlivet Code is said to adhere to the distillery’s ‘smooth and fruity’ house style while including some ‘additional twists’.
Purchasers can scan a code on the back of the whisky’s opaque packaging using the Shazam app on their smartphone, in order to reveal an interactive tasting experience hosted by a ‘hologram’ of Glenlivet’s master distiller Alan Winchester.
They are then able to select four aromas for the nose, four flavours for the palate and the intensity of each. At the end of the challenge, drinkers will be given a score based on how well their tasting notes match those of Winchester.
‘This year’s limited edition is a labyrinth of flavours that will test the senses of even the most discerning whisky drinker and we’re excited to invite consumers worldwide to take on the challenge,’ said Winchester.
The Glenlivet Code is available globally with an RRP of US$120. The product’s official tasting notes will not be publicly released until the end of 2018.
The release of Glenlivet Code follows similar ‘mystery’ bottlings such as 2016’s Glenlivet Cipher, which also featured an interactive code-cracking experience and an opaque bottle, and Glenlivet Alpha in 2013.
THE GLENLIVET LAUNCHES ‘FIRST’ COGNAC FINISH
05 May 2018
The Glenlivet is releasing a new whisky it’s claiming to be the ‘first major single malt finished in Cognac casks’.
The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve
Cognac finish: The Glenlivet Captain's Reserve has been finished in Cognac casks for six months
The expression, called The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve, has been matured in a mixture of ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks, before being finished in ex-Cognac casks for at least six months.
The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve has been named in honour of Captain William (Bill) Smith Grant, the great grandson of The Glenlivet founder George Smith, who has ties with France having served there in WWI.
Unveiled during a Glenlivet tasting led by master distiller Alan Winchester at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, the no-age-statement expression is already available to purchase from the distillery for £50 for a 70cl bottle.
Captain’s Reserve, which is bottled at 40% abv and has notes of ‘mandarins in syrup, ripe poached pears and chocolate dipped raisins’, will sit above Glenlivet 15 Year Old in the range.
Aside from being available at the distillery in Moray, Captain’s Reserve will be launched into global travel retail later this month, with a release in global whisky markets later in the summer.
Other Scotch whiskies matured in Cognac casks include Bruichladdich Cuvée 640 Eroica
RARE 70-YEAR-OLD GLENLIVET HEADLINES AUCTION
A 70-year-old Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail is estimated to sell for £30,000-£40,000 at auction this week.
Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 in presentation box
Old soul: The 1943 bottling is predicted to hit big numbers at auction on Friday
The Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction will take place on Friday (17 August) at McTear’s Auctioneers in Glasgow, with the Glenlivet 1943 expected to attract ‘considerable interest’ from potential buyers.
‘We have seen some exceptional bottles come through the doors at McTear’s over the years and there is no doubt this sits as one of the most magnificent whiskies we have had the privilege to auction,’ said McTear’s whisky expert Graeme Maxwell.
The Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 is one of only 42 bottles released by Gordon & MacPhail in 2017 at £30,000 each.
The whisky has been fully matured in Cask #121, a European oak ex-Sherry cask laid down by first generation Gordon & MacPhail owner John Urquhart.
It was eventually released three generations later by Stephen Rankin, Urquhart’s great-grandson and current Gordon & MacPhail director of prestige.
‘The creation of this stunning single malt has been a true family affair, with generations of the Urquhart family ensuring that the finished product takes its rightful place as one of the finest single malt whiskies on the planet,’ said Maxwell.
The whisky is bottled in a hand-blown decanter featuring gold engravings of the land surrounding the Glenlivet distillery, and a presentation box depicting the River Spey.
In addition to the Private Collection Glenlivet 1943, the Rare & Collectable Whisky Auction will feature 235 different lots including rare bottlings of Macallan, Springbank, Dalmore and Bowmore.
CAOL ILA 50 YEAR OLD & GLENLIVET 64 YEAR OLD BOTTLED
Gordon & MacPhail (G&M) has released what it claims is the ‘oldest’ Caol Ila to have been bottled – a 50-year-old single cask whisky – alongside a 64-year-old Glenlivet, as the latest additions to its Private Collection range.
Caol Ila 50-year-old and Glenlivet 64-year-old Gordon & MacPhail
Long maturation: The 1954 Glenlivet and 1968 Caol Ila were both aged in Sherry casks
The Caol Ila bottling, distilled in 1968, has been matured in a refill Sherry hogshead and bottled at a cask strength of 52.5% abv.
Said to contain ‘a gentle Sherry influence’ with ‘a lingering finish of bonfire embers entwined with lemon zest’, only 199 of the 70cl decanters have been created, priced at £7,500 each.
The Glenlivet 1954 single cask bottling was aged in a refill Sherry butt and bottled at a cask strength of 41% abv.
Said to deliver notes of ‘golden syrup, stewed fruit, and dark chocolate with spicy black peppercorn’, just 222 of the 70cl decanters exist, priced at £9,950 each.
Both casks have been selected by Stuart Urquhart, associate director of whisky supply for G&M and part of the Urquhart family dynasty, who have owned the business since its inception in 1895.
Stephen Rankin, director of prestige and fourth generation member of the Urquhart family, said: ‘These latest releases epitomise the expertise and commitment that has gone into pairing spirit and cask over 123 years and four generations of the Urquhart family.’
Both whiskies will be available worldwide, although prices in international markets may vary.
Last month G&M unveiled a new look for its Private Collection bottlings, including redesigned packaging with vertical ridges and veneered wooden gift boxes for each whisky in the range.
The redesign was the latest update in a year of change for the bottler, after it overhauled its portfolio of products in April.
THE GLENLIVET LAUNCHES 35-YEAR-OLD FOR $10K
Speyside distillery The Glenlivet is celebrating Dubai Duty Free’s 35th anniversary with a new 35-year-old single malt.
The Glenlivet 35 Year Old Dubai Duty Free 35th anniversary
Lasting link: The Glenlivet 35 Year Old honours the distillery's relationship with Dubai Duty Free
Only 35 bottles of The Glenlivet 35 Year Old Dubai Duty Free Exclusive edition have been produced, and are available at Dubai International Airport from December for around US$10,000 each.
The Glenlivet master distiller Alan Winchester said: ‘Befitting of this anniversary and in celebration of our long-lasting relationship with Dubai Duty Free, we matured this exclusive edition for over 35 years, in a hand-selected cask carefully chosen for its rich character and exceptional quality.
‘Crafted under the watchful eye of our team of artisans, only 35 bottles have ever been produced, with its rarity equalled only by its quality.’
The expression was matured in an ‘oak hogshead’ and is described as having ‘ripe peach, sweet pear and strawberry jam notes on the nose’ and notes of ‘luscious tropical sweet kiwi, honey dew melon and a hint of cinnamon with ginger biscuits’ on the palate.
Each edition is individually numbered and enclosed in a handcrafted wooden box marked ‘Dubai Duty Free Exclusive’, along with to a signed letter from Alan Winchester
note peek through a creamy maltiness. The tart notes help cut through the underlying syrupy sweetness. The influences of the bourbon barrel ageing are noticeable.
Finish: Medium length with a delicate herbal piquant aftertaste
In short, a light, accessible, classic dram, loaded with fruits and made for sharing with friends appreciative of the lighter Speyside types of whisky.
Glenlivet Distillery (2002) 58.4% ABV
Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Collection November 2018
Colour: Lightest gold
Distilled: Thursday, 5 November, 2002
Bottled: Thursday, 6 September, 2018
Years old: 15
Cask No.: 800772
Cask Type: First fill bourbon barrel
Outturn: 200 bottles
Connoisseurs Choice Tasting Notes :
Aroma: Delicate fruit blossom aromas layer over vanilla and poached pear. With time,
rhubarb and raspberry notes develop and mix with smooth white chocolate and fresh custard.
Taste: Intense summer fruit and pressed green apple flavours initially; undertones of chocolate nut praline unfurl. Hints of fresh ginger complement a drying, slightly grassy, edge.
Finish: A charming dram. Delicate and refined with a lingering charred oak note.
Personal tasting notes Official sample provided by Gordon & MacPhail
Nose: I found this a little thin. Yes there are definitely fruit notes evident, especially apple and a citric tang. Rhubarb and vanilla custard dominate other more delicate floral notes.
Taste: Not very complex. It is simple and light with a big taste of sweetened stewed apples cut through by an acidic tartness of grapefruit or gooseberries. In the background there’s a discernible taste of a nut flavour milk chocolate.
Finish: Delicate with a hint of bitterness provided by the charred oak.
Its floral aspect, lightness and general tastes of summer make it a suitable dram for sociable summer drinking.
THE GLENLIVET IS GIVEN ‘BOLD’ REDESIGN
The Glenlivet has given its range a ‘bold’ redesign in order to ‘embrace the next generation of single malt drinkers’.
The Glenlivet’s new look includes colour-coded labels
The Speyside distillery has introduced a new look across its entire core range, which consists of The Glenlivet Founders Reserve, Captain’s Reserve, 12-, 15- and 18-year-old single malts.
Most noticeably the 12-year-old, which was reintroduced to global markets in 2018 following a period of stock shortages, has switched its green glass bottle for a clear one.
Each bottle is now colour-coded to ‘help it stand out’, while a curved label has been added for consistency across the range.
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old will have its label printed directly onto the bottle.
Miriam Eceolaza, marketing director for The Glenlivet, said: ‘The Glenlivet packaging update isn’t about changing our whiskies, because we know they are great.
‘It’s about creating new designs that beautifully reflect the brand’s rich history, while showcasing our contemporary approach and vision.
‘We hope that the modern, yet timeless new look will appeal to our existing drinkers, but also invite those who are yet to discover single malt Scotch into the fold.’
The newly designed range is being introduced to the US in May before being rolled out globally.
The Glenlivet claimed the redesign is the ‘latest major change’ in its aim to ‘open up the category to a new generation of whisky drinkers’.