The Glenlivet’s history is the history of Scotch whisky. The founder, George Smith, was known as the smuggler of all smugglers. The incredibly remote location of The Glenlivet Distillery was used for a purpose, it meant that they could spot officers of the law from miles away and hide the equipment before they arrived. Though the Lowland whisky-producers could create whisky legally and in peace, it was illegal in the Highlands. But the high quality of spring water, coupled with the smaller scale methods of production led to a higher quality dram. Such a high quality that the king himself requested a dram of The Glenlivet in 1823 when it was still illegal! The Excise Act permitting distillation soon followed, and in 1853 Glenlivet founded the distillery where it still sits today. Pernod bought the distillery in 2001, and are as close as ever to making it the world’s best selling single malt.