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Glenlivet Distillery

Ballindalloch, Moray, AB37 9DB, Scotland
Tel: +44 1542 783 220
Fax: +44 1542 783 218

Articles (37)

A family affair
John Lamond examines the history of this independent distillery

July 2002, Issue 24, page 52

A reluctant whisky hero? (Bill Smith Grant)
Bill Smith Grant wasn't meant to inherit The Glenlivet. But as Iain Russell reports, his bold business decisions once he did revolutionised the whisky and made it famous

March 2006, Issue 54, page 46

Ask the expert
I wonder if you could help me with a small problem I have regarding a bottle of whisky I purchased in 1989. It's a bottle of 25 year old Aberlour Vintage 1964 in a teak lockable box. On the label it s...

February 2008, Issue 70, page 35

Ask the Expert
I am in possession of a Tomintoul Glenlivet 12 Years Old in a perfume shaped bottle. I have been told it is from the late 80s. Can you estimate the value? Would it be worth me keeping it for longer? T...

March 2012, Issue 102, page 9

Ask the Expert
Send your questions to or by post to: Q&A, Whisky Magazine, St Faiths House, Mountergate, Norwich, England, NR1 1PY

June 2016, Issue 136, page 82

Collector's corner
John Rose provides another selection of collectible bottles

May 2004, Issue 39, page 50

In the latest of our series Gavin D Smithlooks at the history behind Convalmore

September 2007, Issue 66, page 35

Cragganmore: the reclusive classic
Gavin Smith coaxes this hermit crab distillery out of its shell

August 2002, Issue 25, page 52

Discussing the decade
We decided to ask three members of the distilling community to sum up the last 10 years and then look to the future for whisky.

November 2008, Issue 76, page 18

Every Day is a School Day
Joel Harrison quenches his thirst for whisky education

December 2012, Issue 108, page 26

Fond Affection
Gavin D. Smith looks at the fortunes of the Black and White blend

February 2012, Issue 101, page 38

Glenlivin' it up
This year's Speyside Festival was a great success. Marcin Miller was there

June 2004, Issue 40, page 16

Having it large
One of the world's biggest just got bigger. Liza Weisstuch reports on the Glenlivet expansion.

July 2010, Issue 89, page 18

Inside track
Keir Sword of Royal Mile Whiskies is in the chair

July 2002, Issue 24, page 72

It's School time
You may think you've had enough of classrooms and teachers, but what about a new learning experience - a whisky school?

September 2008, Issue 74, page 48

Mix and match
Kate Portman pulls her wellies on and heads out to the festivals.

July 2009, Issue 81, page 52

National Treasures
The search starts to find the cream of the crop in the whisky world. Scotland, Ireland and Canada have been scrutinised,we find out who is in the running.

November 2007, Issue 67, page 8

Not just a blending malt - Glen Moray
We look at the history of this Speyside stalwart

November 2017, Issue 147, page 34

Owing it all to Islington
Gavin Smith recounts the early days of blending, when a court case in north London helped secure the future of the Scotch whisky industry

July 2001, Issue 17, page 24

Smooth operators
The glass of whisky in my hand is a pale, straw gold with the faint aroma of pears. Its flavour is gentle, understated and above all smooth. So smooth that someone, after probably at least a bottle, w...

February 2000, Issue 8, page 54

Spirits Galore
The Speyside Whisky Festival 30 April – 4 May 2015

April 2015, Issue 127, page 36

Standing out from the pack
Cragganmore is an anomaly – a maverick Speysider chosen by its owners to represent the Speyside region, a quiet and complex malt produced at a distillery in the shadow of the mighty and getting migh...

July 2010, Issue 89, page 40

Still crazy after all these years
The small illegal stills of Speyside have been romanticised time and time again. But what was distilling really like way back when? Jim Cryle of Chivas Brothers decided to find out, and Dave Broom jo...

July 2006, Issue 57, page 56

The crazy world of James Grant
With Glen Grant up for sale it's timely to look at the man behind the distillery. Iain Russell reports

January 2006, Issue 53, page 48

The geography of taste
In part four of his nosing course. Charles Maclean looks at how malts came to be classified by region

June 1999, Issue 4, page 60

The godfather of blending
Gavin. D. Smith examines the legacy of the philanthropic Andrew Usher and sons, blending pineers

November 2002, Issue 27, page 28

The Heart of the Matter
Joel Harrison explores the iconic whisky making region

October 2012, Issue 107, page 42

The Longest Glen
Our man tours Speyside out of season

June 2011, Issue 96, page 26

The Old and New
Gavin D. smith looks at two more lost distilleries

April 2011, Issue 95, page 30

The refashioning of history
Charles Maclean examines the curious story of Clan Campbell and its acquired pedigree

August 1999, Issue 5, page 56

The visitors' guide to... Speyside
In each issue of Whisky Magazine this year we will look at a whisky region from a tourist's point of view. First up, Speyside

January 2006, Issue 53, page 34

Uncompromising Style
Gavin D. Smith visits the heart of Angus Dundee's blending operation

March 2013, Issue 110, page 22

Under the hammer
Now you can find both of John Rose's superb articles about collecting whisky in one place. In collections,he looks at some of the latest bottles to come up at auction. In questions,he fields your enqu...

February 2008, Issue 70, page 34

Walking the line
Gavin D. Smith explores the Speyside Way.

April 2010, Issue 87, page 30

Where it all started (Glenlivet)
Situated in the heart of Speyside,The Glenlivet is a study of modern and progressive whisky making in the most historic of settings. Dominic Roskrow reports

June 2007, Issue 64, page 32

Whisky from the wild side (Glenlivet)
The spirit of innovation has always been a part of distilling at Glenlivet. Dave Broom charts ahistory shot through with passion, rebellion and imagination.

June 2000, Issue 10, page 28

Whisky Making at Altitude
Allt-á-Bhainne and Braeval's contribution to some of the world's best-selling blends

April 2015, Issue 127, page 49

Whiskies (35)
Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1972
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Lots of flavour but restrained and well balanced. Very confident. If there is a Speyside style, surely this is it.

Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Very elegant and balanced on the nose. Oak tends to show off but the dram keeps its charm though.

Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00%
7 This is a big mean mother whose youthful charms have been lashed into submission by oak.

Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 27 Years Old 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.20%
7 The nose is enticing but the palate is overwhelmed by the wood. And water exacerbates the astringency.

Cadenhead's Convalmore-Glenlivet 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.40%
7 A welcome opportunity to taste a rare whisky, though it was never a classic, and in this instance is over the hill (or the Conval Hills?).

Cadenhead's Imperial Glenlivet 1977, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60%
7 A robust whisky that deserves more exposure.

Cask Collection Glenlivet 1977 29 Years old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.20%
8 A well-balanced dram. The age speaks but it has kept a vigorous freshness.

Cooper's Choice Glenlivet 1971, 32 Years Old, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 This example has stood up to its 32 years in the cask very well. A good example of how supple an old Glenlivet can be.

Cooper's Choice Glenlivet 1972, 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Lovely glowing colour. A big Glenlivet, more robust than complex.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Cooper's Choice Glenlivet 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A delicious afterdinner malt.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Craigellachie Hotel Glenlivet 2002 Single Cask Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.10%
8 Very sherryish, but just enough of the Glenlivet's fruity-flowery character sings through. Beautifully judged.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Edinburgh Whisky Library Collection Glenlivet
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A wonderful fruit bomb of a malt but a bit too perfumed to want more than one dram of this at a time.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Glenlivet Nadurra Triumph 1991 Vintage Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 A lovely dram, more spring-time than autumnal. To enjoy with shellfish.

Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90%
7 A dash of water is perfect. Skip the pudding and enjoy your dram with a shortbread.

Gordon & MacPhail Glenlivet 1973 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90%
8 Some of the older Smith's Glenlivets are too woody for me, but this one is a delight.

Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Smith's, Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Somewhat lifeless and one-dimensional. Not the best old Glenlivet I've tasted.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Murray McDavid Mission Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The most feminine Glenlivet I have encountered.

Old Malt Cask Glenlivet, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 A delicious dram. As pleasant a s a walk in an orchard on a sunny autumn day. Crisp,fresh and sunny

Private Collection Glenlivet 1943
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 The Glenlivet is another whisky that I have encountered at great ages, often past their best. This shows its age only in its raffish, extrovert, confidence.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Glenlivet 24 Years Old, 2.35
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00%
7 A heavily sherried whisky that is nonetheless surprisingly lively for its age.

Scott's Selection Glenlivet 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.50%
7 A decent Glenlivet.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Selected by Berry's Glenlivet 1973 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A real cracker. Perfect balance. Rich, enticing. Alcohol is beautifully mastered.

The Glenlivet 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A pleasant anytime dram. Very refreshing.

The Glenlivet 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
Seems a little fatter on the palate than in the past,and none the worse for it.

The Glenlivet 12 Years Old American Oak Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Lacks the subtlety of a more conventional Glenlivet, but will charm some consumers with a richer, creamier, style. Very drinkable indeed.

The Glenlivet 12 Years Old First Fill Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Not much middle palate. Lacks roundness.

The Glenlivet 12 Years Old, French Oak Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The oak does not dominate, but is quite powerful for such an elegant malt.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Glenlivet 15 Years Old French Oak Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Complex. Entrancing.

The Glenlivet 15 Years Old French Oak Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A very pleasant summery dram. Quite fragile though. Water tends to wipe out flavours.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Glenlivet 16 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.60%
8 The rich fruity profile of Glenlivet blossoms at cask strength. So well balanced.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

The Glenlivet 1959 Cellar Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 41.70%
8 Vivid descriptors, but the flavours are very restrained. A most elegant whisky.

The Glenlivet 1964 Cellar Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.10%
7 After that sensuous aroma, the palate is subtle to the point of reticence. Still interesting.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Glenlivet 1967 Cellar Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
9 The Glenlivet is the fruitiest, most flowery and most delicate.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

The Glenlivet 1967 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.32%
8 Lots of flavour development. I enjoyed this one.

The Glenlivet 1968 Vintage
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.75%
8 Has the complexity I expect from The Glenlivet.

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