The orig­i­nal

It’s the de­fin­i­tive Spey­side sin­gle malt and it has some se­ri­ous her­itage be­hind it. First cre­ated in the Livet Val­ley in Scot­land in 1824, be­fore any other whiskies bor­rowed the name, it’s the sin­gle malt that started it all – it’s ‘The’ Glen­livet.

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Whisky. That fiery drop. A dram of liq­uid sun­shine. Long as­so­ci­ated with a kind of stylish but earthy mas­culin­ity, the sin­gle malt is firmly rooted in tra­di­tion — a tra­di­tion of qual­ity still be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated by the mod­ern whisky drinker.

Con­tem­po­rary tastes have changed but the old-fash­ioned golden glow of whisky is now out­shin­ing its rep­u­ta­tion as an ol­d­er­man’s drop.

“It’s great to see the per­cep­tion of whisky chang­ing world­wide,” says The Glen­livet am­bas­sador David Wal­lace. “We’re find­ing there’s an in­crease in women en­joy­ing whisky, with more of a 50/50 split of men and women at our tast­ings.”

When it comes to spir­its, there is a fo­cus on qual­ity, Wal­lace says. “Peo­ple are be­com­ing more con­scious about what they are con­sum­ing, and they’re more con­cerned with qual­ity brands that have a real story be­hind them.”

And The Glen­livet cer­tainly has a rich his­tory. Founder Ge­orge Smith chose the spring wa­ter in the re­gion of Spey­side, Scot­land to make what he be­lieved was ‘The Whisky’. It was so well-suited to mak­ing whisky that other Spey­side pro­duc­ers started claim­ing the name Glen­livet. Keen to act as a guardian of qual­ity and crafts­man­ship, in 1884 Smith en­sured a court rul­ing set­tled the mat­ter — only one whisky could call it­self ‘The Glen­livet’. The sin­gle malt be­came the bench­mark of excellence from within the par­ish of Glen­livet, and while other whiskies could use Glen­livet in their name, none could claim to be ‘The’ Glen­livet.

To this day, the same spring wa­ter runs through The Glen­livet col­lec­tion, in­form­ing its fresh flavours. Whisky has al­ways been a con­ver­sa­tion starter and the range of­fers in­trigu­ing tast­ing notes to ex­plore.

The Glen­livet 15-Year-Old gets its dis­tinc­tive rich and ex­otic char­ac­ter from a process of se­lec­tive mat­u­ra­tion, with a pro­por­tion of the spirit ma­tured in French oak casks — The Glen­livet was one of the first to use French oak for mak­ing whisky. On the other hand, The Glen­livet 18-Year-Old is aged in 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 is a sin­gle malt that is com­plex, yet el­e­gant and bal­anced.

For in­ter­est­ing small-batch ex­pres­sions, The Glen­livet Nà­durra range (nà­durra, mean­ing “nat­u­ral” in Gaelic) is made us­ing tra­di­tional 19th-cen­tury tech­niques.

But whisky lovers look­ing for the classic flavours of The Glen­livet will find them bound up in the creamy, smooth tex­ture of Founder’s Re­serve — a drink­able trib­ute to the one who started it all.

“It’s great to see the per­cep­tion of whisky chang­ing... We’re find­ing there’s an in­crease in women en­joy­ing whisky, with more of a 50/50 split of men and women at our tast­ings.”

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