Glenlivet 50 Years Old Winchester Vintage 1967 75cl 48°
Glenlivet 50 YO Winchester Vintage 1967 is the third installment in the Winchester collection, in tribute to Glenlivet’s master distiller, Alan Winchester, who has been in Scottish whisky for over 40 years.
Designed from a rare cask carefully chosen by former master distiller, Robert Arthur, and aged for 50 years, the Glenlivet Winchester Vintage 1967 offers a truly unique experience.
This Single Malt is described as having notes of apricot jam and sweet ripe peaches, a touch of toasted almonds on the nose, melting flavours of orange and milk chocolate on the palate.
The bottle and case were designed in collaboration with designer Bethan Gray, who is inspired by the landscape of Cairngorms National Park where the distillery is located.
The bottles were engraved and painted by hand, shaped by a glass blower.
Glenlivet 50 YO Winchester Vintage 1967 is a limited edition of 150 bottles.
For generations, George Smith’s ancestors have been distilling in the Livet valley, in Speyside in Scotland.
Their name was then Gow, which they changed into Smith to give it a more English consonance, as a battle was lost against the English. In 1823, the ability to obtain a license was created with the enforcement of the Excise Act. And George Smith was the first to ask for and obtain his legal license to operate a distillery. He started his activities in a farm.
The Duke of Gordon, owner of the field and father of the first law on distillery legalization was quite enthusiast about the results of this first legal distillery. But the illegal distillers were not. They even threatened George Smith, which led the Duke of Gordon to lend him two pistols, still exhibited today in the distillery’s museum.
In 1849, his son James Gordon Smith founded a distillery named Delnabo, near Tomintoul. As this did not turn out to be a success, George took over the management of his son’s distillery and renamed it Cairngorn. In 1858, George associated with his son James Gordon Smith, to build a bigger distillery near Minmore, where is located the current distillery.
The two old distilleries were then closed and dismantled. The new distillery was located near the railway, which would be most helpful in the following. The commercial success is also to be attributed to the exclusive distributor of the distillery’s products, Andrew Usher & Co, who by the way invented the first consistent commercial blend, consistency being a key value of blended whiskies.
In the 1880’s, The Glenlivet had such a reputation than a few shameless distillers even borrowed the name. John Gordon Smith partially won the trial as he sued many of the competitors, and became the only one able to use the name and became “The Glenlivet”, while others could only add the word “Glenlivet” to their own name. The brand was established in 1870.
The current owner wishes to go further and oblige his competitor to relinquish any mention to Glenlivet in their names. He set an example while renaming one of the group’s distillery, formerly “Braes of Glenlivet” in “Braeval”. In 1953 the distillery merged with Glen Grant. In 1958, the original buildings were destroyed by a fire.
At the beginning of the 1970’s, the Glenlivet and Glen Grant purchased the Longmorn distillery and formed the Glenlivet Distillers group, bought back in 1977 by the Seagram group. The distilleries of “The Chivas & Glenlivet Group” belonging to Seagram were purchased by the Pernod-Ricard group on December 19, 2001. The only closure met by the Glenlivet was World War II, as the country was hit by barley shortages. Apart from the Single Malt production, the distillery’s whisky is being used in quality blends, such as Chivas Regal and Royal Salute.