Until 1823, distilling liquor was illegal in Scotland. Moonshiners ran rampant and didn't appreciate George Smith applying for and being granted the first legal license in the country's history. So much so, he carried 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 to soak up some sales. As it was then, The Glenlivet is known for their single malts, which are some of the most respected whiskies in the world.
You haven't truly lived until you've tasted 100-percent single-malt Scotch whiskey. It's an experience you'll remember for a long time — and want to repeat as soon as possible.
The Glenlivet Distillery is the oldest distillery in Glenlivet, Scotland, having been in almost continuous operation since 1824. It survived the Great Depression when many other businesses had to close their doors and only took a brief recess from production during World War II.
You should try as many bottles from The Glenlivet as you can, but we recommend starting with The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve. It's both sweet and spicy, which makes it ideal for all palates.