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The Glenlivet

The world's No.2 Premium malt whisky, The Glenlivet is "the single malt that started it all". To reinforce its identity, this contemporary classic highlights its land of origin, Speyside.

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Founded by George Smith, The Glenlivet has been crafted in the remote Livet Valley, at the heart of Scotland's Speyside region, since 1824.


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.

Main markets

United States, Global Travel Retail, Taiwan, United-Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, France, Japan, Germany, South Africa.


The Glenlivet

  • The Glenlivet 12 Year Old

    12 Y.O‘The Smooth & Welcoming One’

    An echo of George Smith’s original classic with a note of pineapple. Aged in a variety of cask types, including American oak for an amount of time, this whisky acquires a vanilla note and smoothness.

    The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
  • The Glenlivet 15 Year Old

    15 Y.O‘The Rich and Exotic One’

    It's a spicier version of the original classic with a touch of smoothness. Casks are removed and the spirit is transferred into French oak for a limited period. French oak is less dense than American oak so the spirit penetrates further.

    The Glenlivet 15 Year Old
  • The Glenlivet 18 Year Old

    18 Y.O‘The Balanced & Elegant One’

    Complex and balanced , this 18 year old single malt whisky has won more awards than any other. The product is a rich collection of cask types. American and European oak, first and second fill, all play their part.

    The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
  • The Glenlivet 21 Year Old

    21 Y.O‘The Mature & Debonair One’

    Made from individually selected sherry and bourbon casks, it's a rare and exclusive spirit with flavours of dried fruits. Only a small amount is produced. Each batch is built with individually chosen casks, offering slight nuances between batch numbers.

    The Glenlivet 21 Year Old
  • Nadurra

    Nadurra‘The Pure & Natural One’

    It’s the most natural version of The Glenlivet. The batch is bottled at cask strength and without the use of chill-filtration. It goes cloudy at low temperatures because it contains more natural oils from the grain. The Nadurra has distinctive vanilla notes.

  • No.2 single malt Scotch whisky in the world
  • No.1 for single malt sales in the United States
  • 981 thousands cases sold worldwide
  • +8% in value 2013/14
The Glenlivet

The Glenlivet


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