The Glenlivet Distillery

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Pronunciation glen’livvit Pronunciation
Region Highlands / Speyside
Distiller George & J.G. Smith Ltd.
Owner Chivas Brothers Ltd. (Pernod Ricard)
Address Balindaloch
AB37 9DB
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
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

about 200 illicit stills in the area
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
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
Established by George Smith
about 1850
George Smith took his son, James Gordon Smith, into partnership
Built by G. and J.G. Smith to replace their Drummin and Delnabo Distilleries
George Smith
The Speyside Railway was built and the first bottle of The Glenlivet whisky was sold south of the border within a year
George Smith
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
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
the ownership passed on to Captain Bill Smith Grant MC, the son of Colonel George Smith Grant of Auchorachan
Incorporated as limited company
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.
The Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd. merged with Longmorn-Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd. and Hill, Thomson & Co. Ltd. to form The Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd.
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)
Stills became steamheated
Owned by Chivas Brothers
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
  Grist Storage
Mashing Mash Tun
  Mash Size
  First Water
  Second Water
  Third Water
  Fourth Water
Fermentation Washbacks 8 made of Oregon Pine
  Washback Charge
  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
  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
  Vatting and Bottling Location

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