The Glenlivet Distillery

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General
Pronunciation glen’livvit Pronunciation
Translation
Region Highlands / Speyside
Distiller George & J.G. Smith Ltd.
Owner Chivas Brothers Ltd. (Pernod Ricard)
Address Balindaloch
Banffshire
AB37 9DB
Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1340 - 82 17 20
+44 (0)1340 - 82 17 18 (Fax)
LatLong 57° 20’ 36.7” N   03° 20’ 21.0” W
Altitude 265 m
Grid Reference NJ194289
Website www.maltwhiskydistilleries.com
www.theglenlivet.com
E-mail theglenlivet.admin@chivas.com
Open to public Easter - October : mo - sa 09:30 - 16:00, su 12:00 - 16:00
Admission free
Children under 8 years cannot be admitted to production areas
For information on individual tours or group bookings please contact Caroline Mitchell (Visitor Centres Manager) on +44 (0)1340 - 87 24 07 or +44 (0)1340 - 87 17 29 (Fax) or caroline.mitchell@chivas.comSource : Chivas Brothers 2008 leaflet
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History
1815
about 200 illicit stills in the area
1822
Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurcus recorded in her Diary of a Highland Lady that, on her father’s instructions, she sent some Glenlivet Whisky - "long in wood, mild as milk, and with the real contraband go
1823
The Duke of Gordon encouraged a tenant of his, George Smith, to build a legal distillery on his farm after he steered The Act through Parliament
1824
Established by George Smith
about 1850
George Smith took his son, James Gordon Smith, into partnership
1858
Built by G. and J.G. Smith to replace their Drummin and Delnabo Distilleries
1860
George Smith
1863
The Speyside Railway was built and the first bottle of The Glenlivet whisky was sold south of the border within a year
1867
George Smith
1871
George Smith died and ownership passed on to J.G. Smith. The name of Glenlivet was known as a benchmark for fine malt whisky and was adopted by some 18 Distilleries in the neighbourhood, none of them situated in the glen itself
1880
J.G. Smith took legal action and the court ruled that their was only one Glenlivet, now known as The Glenlivet. The others could only use the appellation as a suffix of their brand-names
....
Colonel George Smith Grant of Auchorachan, J.G.’s nephew, took over the distillery
1882 on
G. & J.G. Smith
1921
the ownership passed on to Captain Bill Smith Grant MC, the son of Colonel George Smith Grant of Auchorachan
1951
Incorporated as limited company
1953
Captain Bill Smith Grant MC led the company into a merger with J. & J. Grant, Glen Grant Ltd. to form The Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd.
1970
The Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd. merged with Longmorn-Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd. and Hill, Thomson & Co. Ltd. to form The Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd.
1977
The Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd. purchased by the Seagram Co. Ltd. of Canada and the whisky became the largest selling single malt in America due to the marketing power of Seagram. Eight stills, all gas-fired. Dark-grains plant. Visitor Centre. Licensed to G. & J.G. Smith Ltd. (1978 mentioned as well)
1986
Stills became steamheated
1999
Owned by Chivas Brothers
2000
Seagram’s Scotch whisky interest, including Chivas Brothers, was bought by Pernod Ricard

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
for production from Josie's Well, piped to the distillery, for cooling from River Livet
  Annual Output
  Finished Spirit (phenols)
  Blending Roles
single malt, blend (Chivas Regal, Royal Salute)
Malt Malt Source
  Malt Type
  Malt Specification (phenols)
  Own Malting Floor
  Malt Storage
Mill
  Grist Storage
Mashing Mash Tun
  Mash Size
  First Water
  Second Water
  Third Water
  Fourth Water
Fermentation Washbacks 8 made of Oregon Pine
  Washback Charge
  Yeast
  Amount of Yeast
  Length of Fermentation
  Initial Fermentation Temp.
  Strength of Wash
Distillation Wash Stills 4
  Wash Still Built
  Wash Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Wash Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Low Wines Run
  Low Wines Collection Range
  Spirit Stills
4
  Spirit Still Built
  Spirit Still Charge
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge
  Heat Source steamheated
  Spirit Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Coolers condensers
  Foreshot Run
  Spirit Run
  Feints Run
  Spirit Cut
  Distilling Strength
Storage Storage Strength
  Average Spirit Yield
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees
  Type of Casks
  Warehouses
  Vatting and Bottling Location



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