The distillery was one of the few to remain open even during the Great Depression, says Wikipedia. It did, however, close during World War II. Today, it has four wash stills that have a capacity of 15,000 liters, and there are four spirits stills with a capacity of 10,000 liters. Their spirits are then matured using oak casks.
The company is categorized as a Speyside distillery, and they have a range of as many as 13 whiskeys today.
About their Production
While their distillery is notorious for their single malt whiskey, they also have produced other brands like Pernod Ricard’s. Also, they bottle their whiskey at Chivas Brothers bottling plant, which is located outside Edinburgh. When the plant sold in 2009, bottling was taken to another plant in the same company. In 2008, the company had to increase their distillery operation to keep up with the demands for their product. Their expansion included a new mash tun, stills, and washbacks.
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
This is the whiskey that is best served neat and comes with a well-balanced, smooth flavor that is perfect for ending the night. It is a pale golden color, and when first smelled, it comes with citrus and orange. The finish is long, creamy, and very smooth with flavors of orange, pear, and caramel apple.
The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966
Those looking for a vintage rare whiskey should look no further than the Winchester Collection. This variety aged for 50 years and has increased depth, complexity, and flavor that is historical in nature. It features licorice, orange, cinnamon, and soft fruit mixed with sweet treacle.
The Pullman Club Car
It has been aged for over 18 years using a Sherry butt cask. The flavors are incredibly long-lasting, tangy, and perfect for sipping. It is a luxury scotch to go along with the luxury travel experience of the Pullman Club Car.
The Pullman 20th Century Limited Edition
This variety has been cask-matured for 14 years using a European oak butt cask. It comes with a long, dry, and delicately spicy flavor that is truly limited. To the nose, the whiskey is sweet and carries notes of honey and syrup, but the taste is nothing short of divine.
The Glenlivet 12-Year
Using a traditional and American oak cask, this 12-year old scotch is perfectly balanced and features notes of pineapple. It has been called everything from smooth to complex to entertaining and classic. It is the original malt whiskey from the company and best known for the tropical fruit flavors.
The Glenlivet 15-Year
This scotch was aged in a French limousine oak cask and features a delicate spice with sweet fruit. The origins of the whiskey are delicious and the process to create this 15-year is done through Selective Maturation.
The Glenlivet 18-Year
Created by Glenlivet’s Master Distiller, this 18-year is a mix of exceptional casks including American and European oak with first and second fills. Each plays a critical role in creating a scotch that is perfectly balanced with winter spices and ripe fruits.
The Glenlivet 21-Year-Old Archive
More than two decades of distilling experience have gone into each bottle of the 21-year archive. Each cask brings complex flavors and sherry influences to the flavor. The casks were nosed by Master Distiller Alan Winchester, so each batch from the 21-Year Old Archive is unique compared to the past and those to come.
The color of the 21-Year Old Archive is amber with coppery shades, and it has a complex sherry and dried fruit scent. The finish is long, warm, and tastes like roasted hazelnuts.
The XXV is full-bodied, complex, and full of rich notes of dark chocolate, toasted nuts, and spiced fruits. It is aged for more than 25 years and then picked during peak maturation. Each cask is then married together as one to create a truly exceptional single malt. Overall, the depth and flavors are unmatched by any other fine scotch out there, and it is truly the perfect scotch for sipping after a long day.