If threats and theft are signs of success, then The Glenlivet scotch was wildly successful from the start. Allow us to explain. Until 1823, distilling liquor was illegal in Scotland. Moonshiners ran rampant and didn't much appreciate George Smith applying for and being granted the first legal license in the country's history. So much so, he took to carrying pistols around with him for safety. But as his scotch became widely known for its excellent quality, distilleries in the area started attaching The Glenlivet to their bottles in order to soak up some sales. As they were then, The Glenlivet is known for their single malts, which are some of the most respected whiskies in the world.