Glenlivet 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.