About The Glenlivet Single Cask Pullman Water Level Route Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Glenlivet Pullman collection pays homage to the history and sophisticated style of Pullman trains, which were the epitome of luxury travel in early 20th century America. In the 1930s, after the end of Prohibition, the last distilling descendant of The Glenlivet’s founder George Smith, Captain Bill Smith Grant, travelled to New York to secure The Glenlivet as the exclusive scotch whisky served in the Pullman dining cars thus spreading his whisky’s fame throughout the U.S.
However, the history of The Glenlivet dates to the early 19th century when 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.”
In the early 20th century, after Prohibition ended, the last distilling descendant of Smith, Captain Bill Smith Grant, travelled to New York to secure The Glenlivet as the exclusive scotch whisky served on the Pullman dining cars.
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 The Glenlivet’s wash still, and then again through The 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.
The Glenlivet is universally recognized for its single malt scotch whisky - to receive the title of “single malt,” a whisky must be produced in a single season by a single distillery. One step beyond single malt, The Pullman Collection represents the first time that The Glenlivet has made scotch from a single cask available the U.S.
The Glenlivet Pullman Water Level Route Single Cask, Single Malt Scotch Whisky was aged in a single American Oak Hogshead cask filled in 2001. Initial floral notes on the nose are balanced by sweet chocolate and peaches. The palate starts with honey and vanilla followed by sweet melon and barley. The finish is soft and balanced.
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Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
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