The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Illicit Still Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Drawing on The Glenlivet's past, this expression is inspired by the illicit distilling operation of George Smith. The signature fruity and floral style gets to shine beautifully in this non-chill filtered 96-proof limited-edition expression.
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During the early 19th century, illegal distilleries were commonplace throughout the Speyside region of Scotland. In 1823, however, Alexander Gordon pushed the Excise Act of 1823 through Parliament. The Excise Act allowed illegal distillers throughout Scotland to apply for and obtain licenses to legally distill spirits. In 1824, a businessman named George Smith applied for one of the first licenses in the Speyside region of Scotland and opened the doors to The Glenlivet Distillery. For nearly two centuries, The Glenlivet Distillery has been producing the "single malt whisky that started it all."

The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made using barley sourced from Crisp Maltings, Portgordon (Portgordon is a village in Moray, Scotland). After the barley has been malted and mashed, it is fermented in wooden washbacks for approximately two days. The wooden washbacks used by The Glenlivet are more difficult and expensive to maintain as compared to the stainless steel washbacks used by most Scottish distilleries, but impart a distinctive, floral quality to the whisky.

After the barley has been fermented, it is distilled twice — first through Glenlivet's wash still, and then again through Glenlivet's spirits still. Originally designed by George Smith, the copper-pot stills have a unique, lantern-like shape, which encourages contact between the whisky and the copper (the copper strips the whisky of any impurities it may have, and provides for a lighter and more pure flavor profile). In addition, the height of the stills ensures only the lightest vapors are condensed, making for a more delicate and elegant whisky.

The Original Stories lineup of whiskies is a celebration of the brand's passion and originality. These expressions are inspired by George Smith's illegal distilling escapades in the early 1800's as well as his visionary spirit. Bottled at 96 proof without chill filtration, the classic Glenlivet fruity and floral style is able to shine beautifully in this 12-year-old whisky.

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Proof 96 (48% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Glenlivet Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose opens with ripe orchard fruits, vanilla, honey, as well as some floral and herbal aromas. It's rich and fruity on the palate with vanilla, spice, and a touch of nuttiness. The finish is sweet with vanilla, oak, and citrus lingering.
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