The remote and isolated Livet valley made it ideal for illicit distillation. This is where The Glenlivet's founder George Smith learned his craft. Hidden away from the Customs Officers and soldiers amongst the hills and abundant springs, George had time to distil slowly making a whisky that would soon become world renowned. In August 1822, King George IV arrived in Scotland for a state visit and asked to try a drop of the infamous Glenlivet whisky. An illegal dram it was, but that didn’t stop the King. Two years later and after a change in legislation, George saw his window of opportunity and rode to Elgin to get his licence to become the first legal distiller in the parish of Glenlivet.
Over the course of 18 years, Master Distiller Alan Winchester takes this expression through a combination of cask types, including both first and second-fill American oak (for tropical fruitiness) and ex-sherry oak (for spicy complexity). The result of this deft navigation of the distilling arts is a gorgeous single malt that is complex, yet elegant and balanced. The 18 Year Old has won more awards than any other expression; every bottle is a true example of the quality and taste of The Glenlivet.
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old has a rich, old gold, apricot colour. The nose continues the theme of richness with fruit and toffee aromas. The flavours are well balanced with occasional bursts of sweet orange. The finish is long with raisins and spice.