In 1817, George Smith inherited the farm distillery from his father Andrew Smith. His father had been distilling illegally on the site since 1774. George Smith was still distilling illegally before he applied for a license in 1824. It was officially licensed in 1824 and was the first distillery in the region to be licensed. This made George Smith very unpopular with his fellow distillers. George Smith had many threats on his life, so his friend George Gordon gifted Smith two flintlock pistols. These pistols can still be found at the distillery in their museum. Glenlivet whisky was so popular that other distilleries in the area would put ‘Glenlivet’ on their bottles. After many years of court battles Glenlivet won the battle to be called ‘The Glenlivet’ and no one else could use that name. In 1858, George and his son John Gordon moved from the original site, Upper Drummin and built a bigger distillery about a mile away on the new site, Minmore Farm.
The distillery is currently owned by Pernod Richard. The distillery has fourteen stills, seven wash and seven spirit. They produce a huge 10,500,000 litres a year.
House Style: Flowery, fruity & peachy. Apertif.
This release balances maturity with a discreet sherry character.
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