The Glenlivet is the original Speyside single malt
Founded by George Smith, it has been crafted in the remote Livet Valley in the heart of Scotland's Speyside region since 1824.
To this day, The Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky remains the benchmark that all other Speyside single malts are measured against.
It co-leads the single malt category and has been the No. 1 contributor to the sector’s volume growth over the past five years.
The exceptional, award-winning range of The Glenlivet single malts sells more than 6 million bottles worldwide each year:
The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Boasting the classic flavours of The Glenlivet bound up in a creamy, smooth texture, this expression is our tribute to the one who started it all.
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
Representing The Glenlivet’s signature style, this classic malt is first matured in traditional oak, before spending time in American oak casks which impart notes of vanilla and gives the whisky it’s distinctive smoothness. The mineral-rich water that comes from Josie’s Well helps form the flavours during mashing and fermentation, whilst the specific height and width of the copper stills add a delicate yet complex character.
The Glenlivet 15 Year Old
The 15 Year Old gets its distinctive rich and exotic character from a process of selective maturation in which a proportion of the spirit is matured in French oak casks. In fact, we at The Glenlivet were one of the first to use French oak for making whisky, a technique that has since been imitated the world over.
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
Over the course of 18 years our Master Distiller, Alan Winchester, takes this expression through 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 of this deft navigation of the distilling arts is a gorgeous single malt that is complex, yet elegant and balanced.
The Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive
Meticulously crafted over its 21 years, this whisky is put through a combination of hand-selected American oak and ex-sherry casks, which impart the distinctive flavour of dried fruits and a bold richness, vibrant intensity and long finish. Each cask is hand-selected and individually nosed and approved, and every batch has its own special nuances, making it a rare and unique liquid indeed.
The Glenlivet 25 Year Old
Using some of the rarest of our whiskies, all of which have been aged for at least 25 years, this is a batch-produced whisky finished in ex-sherry butts. Our team of experts individually select each cask and monitor the whisky in its finishing process to make sure the Oloroso-soaked wood adds the subtlest sherry tones to an intense, silky and elegant whisky.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill
You’ll really taste the effects of that white oak, beautifully complemented by sweet pear, tropical pineapple, ripe banana and citric sparkle. This is a cask-strength single malt that represents the skill of our team and the tradition of The Glenlivet. And unlike most modern whiskies, this one is non-chill filtered, so it’s very richly textured. It’s an expression that will appeal to the intrepid whisky lover.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
Nàdurra Oloroso, like all expressions in the range, is bottled and released in small batches, and, unlike most modern whiskies, is non-chill filtered so has all the body you would expect from a whisky that has been drawn straight from the cask. It’s a bright, vivacious gold liquid, with aromas of dried fruit and spice. To drink, it’s smooth and creamy with chocolate and marmalade.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated
Our latest expression in the Nàdurra family boldly draws its inspiration from The Glenlivet’s historic whisky-making traditions in which peat smoke was used to dry the malted barley, lending a smoky flavour to the whisky. Unlike its two siblings, the Nàdurra Peated Whisky is finished in casks that previously held heavily peated Scotch whisky, giving a gently smoky twist to the classic, smooth and fruity house style that The Glenlivet is known for.
The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve
The cornerstone of the range, the Master Distiller’s Reserve showcases the approach perfectly: the traditional oak casks represent the classic style of The Glenlivet (ripe pear, gentle summery notes), while first-fill American oak provides depth and creaminess (coconut, soft fudge). Finally, ex-sherry oak brings complexity and richness (dried fruit, spice).
Maturation in three types of oak makes for three times the character. This bright and lively gold expression has pear and fudge on the nose and fruit and spice on the palate. To finish, it dazzles with hints of marzipan and hazelnut.
The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Solera Vatted
Spending time in the Solera Vat is what gives this expression in the signature The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve range its truly exceptional character. Alan Winchester, our Master Distiller, first triple cask matures the spirit in traditional oak, American first-fill and ex-sherry casks. He then selects the best of these casks to transfer to the Solera Vat. The vat, which is never emptied, creates a rich whisky that develops in intensity and complexity every year.
The high concentration of first-fill American oak adds creaminess, soft fudge and vanilla to the spirit. But it’s the nose that grabs you – it bursts with the smell of ripe orchard fruits alongside gentle caramel notes. It’s luxurious to taste, with a honeyed sweetness and the distinct presence of juicy pears. It’s a whisky that’s packed with flavour.
The Glenlivet Master Distiller's Reserve Small Batch
Released only in small batches, this exclusive expression features some of the finest and most rare whiskies our distillery has to offer. Master Distiller Alan Winchester and his team nose each cask individually to select only the most outstanding whisky for bottling.
As with all expressions in the signature The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve range, Alan Winchester matures the whisky in first-fill ex-sherry, first-fill American and traditional oak casks. The three different oak casks add layers of flavour, giving warmth, fruit and hints of spice. You might also detect syrupy peaches, orange marmalade, vanilla, ginger and liquorice. The smell is irresistible, and the finish is long and spicy.