Lots by The Glenlivet at Sotheby's
204LotGLENLIVET GORDON & MACPHAIL GENERATIONS 70 YEAR OLD 45.9 ABV 1940The Glenlivetglenlivet gordon & macphail generations 70 year old 45.9 abv 194024 October 2019 | Sale Price 21,780 GBPEstimate 14,000 – 19,000 GBP24 October 2019 | Sale Price 21,780 GBPThe Ultimate Whisky Collection24 October 2019 | 10:00 AM BST | London
203LotTHE GLENLIVET SAMAROLI 27 YEAR OLD 43.0 ABV 1955Samarolithe glenlivet samaroli 27 year old 43.0 abv 195524 October 2019 | Sale Price 15,125 GBPEstimate 8,000 – 11,500 GBP24 October 2019 | Sale Price 15,125 GBPThe Ultimate Whisky Collection24 October 2019 | 10:00 AM BST | London
202LotTHE GLENLIVET ROYAL WEDDING RESERVE 25 YEAR OLD 40.0 ABV NVThe Glenlivetthe glenlivet royal wedding reserve 25 year old 40.0 abv nv24 October 2019 | Sale Price 1,149 GBPEstimate 580 – 750 GBP24 October 2019 | Sale Price 1,149 GBPThe Ultimate Whisky Collection24 October 2019 | 10:00 AM BST | London
199LotSMITH’S GLENLIVET BOTTLED FOR PETER DOMINIC 12 YEAR OLD 40.0 ABV 1965The Glenlivetsmith’s glenlivet bottled for peter dominic 12 year old 40.0 abv 196524 October 2019 | Sale Price 629 GBPEstimate 300 – 500 GBP24 October 2019 | Sale Price 629 GBPThe Ultimate Whisky Collection24 October 2019 | 10:00 AM BST | London
About The Glenlivet
Glenlivet Distillery proudly wears the date of 1824 on its bottles, marking the year in which George Smith was granted his license to distill, only one year after the Excise Act of 1823. While Glenlivet was one of the first to gain this license, this doesn’t mean that it is the oldest working distillery in Scotland, just the oldest to have been doing everything above board. It can be assumed that George Smith, along with almost every other farmer in the Glenlivet region, had actually been distilling illegally for quite some time. Smith’s landlord, the Duke of Gordon, was responsible for pushing the license through, which led local illegal distillers and smugglers to look upon Smith as a tergiversator. There were multiple attacks on both George Smith and his distillery and he found himself in such imminent danger that the Laird of Aberlour gave him a pair of pistols with which to defend himself. It was said he never travelled without them. The quality of Glenlivet’s spirit was undeniable, and representation from Edinburgh based Andrew Usher & Co during the 1920s lead to a rise in its popularity. While many other whiskies tried to brand themselves with Glenlivet’s name as a suffix, in 1880 a court ruled that “The Glenlivet” was a moniker only to be used by this particular distillery so as to differentiate it from those piggybacking on its success. By the mid 20th Century, 27 distilleries would append their name with Glenlivet. The Glenlivet’s quality has been consistent and today its single malt is still one of the bestselling in the world. With notes of fresh fruits and esters, its approachable character has made it popular with whisky drinkers around the world. It is its ability to age, however, that makes it most notable to collectors, with Gordon & Macphail having released two expressions at 70 years of age.