‘Glenlivet’ had been used as a shorthand for what we now know
as Speyside whiskies since the smuggling era. By the 1860s, the title was being
appended to distilleries’ names as far north as Elgin, much to the irritation of
the Smith family who had by then trademarked Glenlivet.
At Glenlivet, there has been a tradition of each distillery manager reserving
their best casks for later bottling. George Smith began his craft nearly 200
years ago at the Glenlivet distillery. Smith died in 1871, having moved
the distillery a few miles down the glen to its current home to be nearer the
new Strathspey railway line. Production was running at 4,000 gallons a week and
it was said that 100 casks a year were being sold in London, though whether it
was being blended by grocers and publicans or sold in its original form is
unclear. It all went from the distillery by horse and cart to Ballindalloch
station, and then to Smith’s agent in Edinburgh, Andrew Usher. The present
manager, Bill Lamb has now made this a reality with the release of the 'Archive'
21 Year Old. This single malt whisky is produced in small, bespoke batches and
aged for 21 years. Each cask is nosed and approved, making every batch unique.
Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Archive 21 year
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 flavor 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. Aromas are beautifully melted, resonant with dried fruit from the sherry
cask, but with spicy hints of cinnamon and ginger. Colored enticingly of rich
amber with shimmering shades of copper, the finish of this prestigious
expression is long and warm.
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Limited Availability. A first-class malt. Whisky of this
age is extremely rare and only the best are selected for this expression.
By the 1860s, The Glenlivet was noted for producing a spirit
with a ‘pineapple’ note, evidence that the floral, estery character seen today
has a long history – and one which broke with the heavy, dense, rich styles
prevalent at that time.
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