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    Glenlivet Single Malt Whisky

    Glenlivet was the first legally licensed distillery in Scotland and is now one of the biggest selling single malts in the world. Founder George Smith had, like many others around that time, been distilling small volumes of whisky illegally, but he was the first to apply for a license once the 1823 Excise Act was put in place. Many illegal distillers disagreed with the act and subsequently made threats to Smith’s life, but he persisted, and famously carried a set of pistols for protection. These pistols, said to be a gift from the Laird of Aberlour, are now displayed at the distillery.

    Despite the many threats to his life, Smith was producing a spirit of such high quality that it became internationally renowned and many other distillers began using the Glenlivet name on their own whisky. This continued for many years and in 1876, John Smith (son of George and heir to the distillery) filed a request to trademark the Glenlivet name. After a series of court battles, the distillery was granted exclusive rights to the name ‘THE Glenlivet’. Translated from Gaelic, the name means ‘valley of the smooth-flowing one’.

    The reputation of The Glenlivet was cemented when, following the lifting of prohibition in the United States in 1933, it was one of the first scotch whiskies to be exported internationally. With an envious reputation and a steady supply both at home and overseas, The Glenlivet developed into the household name we know today. The site is now owned by Pernod Ricard and produces 5.8 million litres of pure alcohol each year.

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